A Fragile Tomorrow

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A Fragile Tomorrow
AFT Live Paradise.jpg
A Fragile Tomorrow at Paradise Rock Club opening for Matthew Sweet in June 2012
Background information
Also known as AFT
Origin Montgomery, New York,
United States
Genres Rock, power pop, jangle pop
Years active 2003-present
Labels MPress Records
Website afragiletomorrow.com
Members Sean Kelly
Dominic Kelly
Brendan Kelly
Shaun Rhoades

A Fragile Tomorrow is an alternative/powerpop band from Charleston, South Carolina, formerly from Montgomery, New York. The group formed in 2003 and included brothers Sean Kelly, Dominic Kelly, and Brendan Kelly. In 2006, bassist Shaun Rhoades joined the group. The band has put out four studio albums, most recently the critically acclaimed [1] Be Nice Be Careful. The band has shared the stage with/opened for Indigo Girls, The Bangles, Matthew Sweet, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Garrison Starr, Antigone Rising, K's Choice, Mac McCaughan of Superchunk, Drivin N Cryin, Continental Drifters, Blues Traveler, The Cowsills, Danielle Howle, Susan Cowsill, Amy Ray, and more.

Early Years[edit]

The band began as a three piece in 2003, composed of brothers Sean, Dominic, and Brendan Kelly. Three years later, they had enough material for a full length album, which led to their 2006 debut. Soon after the release, bassist Shaun Rhoades was added to the group. After ending their recording/management contract with Audem Records in early 2007,[2] the band began work on their sophomore release Beautiful Noise, which was released independently in 2008. Touring in support of this release led to the band deciding to relocate from their hometown of Montgomery, NY to Charleston, SC.

Relocation/Tripping Over Nothing[edit]

The band began recording the follow-up to 2008's Beautiful Noise , titled Tripping Over Nothing, which was produced by South Carolina musician Danielle Howle[3] in the summer of 2009. The album features guest appearances once again by Peter Holsapple and Susan Cowsill, as well as Amy Ray of the Indigo Girls. Consistent touring in Charleston, coupled with time spent in the area recording their third album, prompted the band to relocate to the Charleston area in late 2009, where they have since remained.

The album was released on February 23, 2010. The band put out the record on their own label, Piewillie Records. They toured heavily in support of it, opening for Indigo Girls [4] In December 2010, the band released a digital EP of acoustic versions of songs from Tripping Over Nothing, titled Palmetto EP.

Post-Tripping[edit]

Sean and Dominic were featured vocalists on Indigo Girls latest live release, "Staring Down the Brilliant Dream" released in June 2010. They sing on the song "Closer to Fine" along with Michelle Malone and actress Jill Hennessy.[5]

In February 2011, the band went back out on the road with Indigo Girls, opening the southeast leg of their tour.[6]

On April 19, 2011, the band released a live record called Live at Awendaw Green that was recorded at a show in Awendaw, SC in December 2010.[7]

In summer 2011, the band announced their plans to start work on their fourth studio record. Preproduction began in fall 2011, and recording began in January 2012.

On September 26, 2011, A Fragile Tomorrow announced via their Facebook page that they would be opening for The Bangles on the west coast leg of their November 2011 tour.[8]

Sessions for the band's fourth studio record began in January 2012 with Mitch Easter.[9] According to the band's Facebook page, the album feature contributions from Don Dixon, Amy Ray of Indigo Girls, Vicki Peterson and Debbi Peterson of The Bangles, and Easter himself.

Lead singer/songwriter Sean Kelly recently co-produced, engineered, and mixed Danielle Howle's new release New Year Revolutions, released in December 2011.[10]

Sean and Dominic contributed vocals to three songs on Amy Ray's 2012 solo release, "Lung of Love".[11]

On March 29, 2012, A Fragile Tomorrow released a version of "Water's Part" by Let's Active, recorded with and produced by Let's Active front man himself, Mitch Easter for free download on their official site.[12]

The band opened dates for Matthew Sweet in June 2012.[13]

Be Nice Be Careful[edit]

The band's fourth studio album, titled Be Nice Be Careful and produced by Mitch Easter and Ted Comerford,[14] was released on January 8, 2013 via the band's Piewillie Records. The album was also released in Japan on the same day as its US release via Powerpop Academy/Thistime Records.[15] Initially, the album garned much critical acclaim, with Audiophile Reviews saying that "be nice be careful redefines powerpop for the 21st century" [16] and Musoscribe claiming "If this is the state of powerpop in early 2013, things look good for the future".[17]

The band played headlining dates in 2013 in support of "Be Nice Be Careful", as well as dates supporting both Toad the Wet Sprocket and K's Choice. It was announced that the band will again support K's Choice, under the name Bettens, in Belgium and the Netherlands in November of 2013. [18] On February 18th, 2014, the band will release Belgique, an EP of songs from Be Nice Be Careful recorded live at Ancienne Belgique in Brussels, Belgium. [19]

On July 8th, 2014, the band announced they had signed a multi-album deal with NYC-based record label MPress Records, who also represents Rachael Sage, Melissa Ferrick, and Seth Glier. [20]

Discography[edit]

  • Wishful Thinking (2006)
  • Beautiful Noise (2008)
  • Tripping Over Nothing (2010)
  • The Palmetto EP (2010)
  • Live At Awendaw Green (2011)
  • Be Nice Be Careful (2013)
  • Belgique EP (2014)

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