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Hope Irish @ mohawk

Austin, Texas, USA

Austin, Texas, USA

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Hope Irish @ beauty bar

Austin, Texas, USA

Austin, Texas, USA

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Hope Irish @ Antone's

Austin, Texas, USA

Austin, Texas, USA

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October 17th, 2007
To check out the Hope Irish interview and performance on Fox7 News Edge, go to:

http://www.myfoxaustin.com/myfox/pages/Entertainment/Detail?contentId=4661871&version=1&locale=EN-US&layoutCode=VSTY&pageId=7.3.1 - Fox7 News in the Morning


Hope Irish - The Best of the Least (Superpop!)
Sound Reviews

If one were compiling a framework of traits that destine an artist for pure success in the music scene, one would surely find it sensible, if not unavoidable, to include the following: 1) Draw your influences from Texas country and British punk; 2) Get yourself born with a name like “Hope Irish� (or something comparably awesome); 3) Commission album art consisting of psychedelic bugs and semi-naked women. Or, as in the case of The Best of The Least, you can satisfy all 3 of the above and include a bunch of great tunes on your album as well.

Hope Irish (yes, that’s her real name) is the product of a formal education here in Austin and the informal education of time abroad in England, and undoubtedly the respective music scenes of each. Although she is a co-frontperson of local label-mate Brother Machine, this is Irish’s own first full length album. Since its release, she has been garnering more and more local attention, including gracing the cover of the 2008 She Rocks Calendar.

As for The Best of The Least, the interplay of her Texas roots and English influences shines through not only in the interestingly original sound of many of the songs, but in the cynically carefree themes as well. “Shelly Baby� is a quick rock-you-to- your-knees romp of raunchy, rugged, Do-It-Yourself guitars and a cacophony of dirty punk drum sounds. Yes, dear listeners, this is London indeed! On the other end of the spectrum, “Distant Train� sees Irish stripped down to an acoustic guitar and vocals to create a soft but forceful ballad that Murray Hammond probably wishes he wrote. The way her lyrics handle the themes of the albums differs between styles as well. Faced with conflict and hard times, “Distant Train� evokes the traditional country imagery of taking to the road in flight, whereas the broken cars, hearts and pockets of “Shelly Baby� lead only to blissful friendship (and guitar riffs). With the sometimes stale air of new music, this versatility is much welcomed.

Then there are the songs that really stand out by combining these two styles quite well: “Clickclick Bangbang,� sticks to its dark guitar and brassy horns while the drums keep the song driving. The vocals sit perfectly in the mix so as to accent the provocative and passionate voice of Ms. Irish, and function to take the song from a cryptic and tense sounding verse to the oh-so catchy melodies of the chorus. It’s the play of the two styles that really makes certain songs on the album great.

The trouble with trying to find one’s original sound, however, is that sometimes songs end up underdeveloped. Much of the album’s momentum and consistency is lost amongst some of the underdeveloped songs (namely in the middle of the album), and one has to wonder why quality wasn’t chosen over quantity. Irish’s established sound on songs like “Pounds Sterling� with its classic two-beat and the cynicism of “Pop Culture� weakens and falters just after the album really picks up. “Free,� despite its twangy and slide guitars, comes off sounding more like a Robyn track than the instrumentation would suggest and “Ice Cream Shop Hots� feels lyrically and musically forced, especially in its crucial build-up moments, which never quite build. The quality and originality of most of the songs warrant an album that could stand quite stably by itself and the inclusion of weaker songs seems unnecessary. Ultimately, “The Best of The Least� establishes Irish and her country-pub rock sound (per her myspace: "It's like Dolly and Otis doin' it to The Strokes..� Sounds messy) while still allowing room for growth and refinement (and, hopefully, a sophomore attempt).

- John Michael Cassetta - Austin Sound


In the meantime, though, the boisterous crowd was treated to a solo set from the very blond Seth Gibbs (with Hope herself lending harmonies) that led into the Hope Irish set -- punkrock, country, and even a little folk and rock and roll -- and a lot of long-legged blonde Hope in her bustier and high heels bouncing all over the stage like a roller girl minus her skates. The band included Seth on drums along with fellow Brother Machinists Joey Thompson on guitar and Peter Stafford on bass and Echoset's Beth Puorro also on guitar. This is pure entertainment and a great show -- songs were mostly from Hope's new CD, "The Best of the Least."

Hope, BTW, hails from Salado, but took time off from her advanced education to spend a year or so in London ostensibly doing art school but more realistically absorbing the culture. Hope is -- well, an original -- who else would put out a CD with herself on the cover wearing a dress (?) made out of cockroaches (real or not, they're nasty!).

- FlanFire by Duggan Flanakin


Discography

HopeIsh 2005 EP Rambunctious Ent.
The Best of the Least 2007 LP Superpop Records
sophomore slump(currently recording due summer 08)

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Bio

Hope Irish (yes thats her real name) hails from Salado, Texas, which is why her music occasionally tastes a bit seedy and countrified, as well as punkishly rebellious. The band has been gigging for the past year at places such as:

Trophy's
Ego's
MoMo's
Quack's
Hole in the Wall
The Carousel Lounge
Beauty Bar
Antone's
The Mohawk
Emo's Lounge

Recently, Hope Irish went on a summer tour/social experiment out east with Brother Machine. They played strictly house parties and had a killer time. On this trip they discovered that smaller towns could party much harder and seem to appreciate music much, much more than larger, more music saturated towns. This may seem like an obvious fact as opposed to a startling discovery, but Hope Irish and Brother Machine are a little slow sometimes. They've decided to play a variety of shows and places from now on.

The History:abridged version

Hope met Seth at the 503 coffeeshop.
Hope met Peter in Sceneshop at School.
Hope met Jessica in choir at school.
Peter met Jessica and hung out at the 503.
Seth met Peter at 503.
Seth and Peter formed Superpop Records.
Jessica does photography for Superpop.
Hope records at Superpop.
Hope met Joey at Superpop.
and they rocked happily ever after.

(the extended version)
how the band became a band:

Hope Moved to Austin to continue her education in acting and costume design at St. Edward's University. She ended up spending any free hours away from the theatre(of which there were few) at the local coffee shop, 503. This is where she met Seth, and first became a member of the mind-shattering, butt-shaking band called BROTHER MACHINE.

Hope also had a few classes with a dude named Peter, but as he was a philosophy major, (and she assumed a stoner as well) they didnt spend much time outside of class together.

Hope sang in the university choir and on a summer trip with them to Gratz, Austria, came down with a wicked case of tonsilitis. A very sweet alto and photography major named Jessica Attie, surprised a delirious Hope with a beautiful bunch of get-well-soon-flowers.

When arriving back in Austin, Hope saw Peter waving at the airport and was a bit confused until she realized the wave was directed at Jessica behind her. They were dating! Seth forgot he was supposed to pick Hope up from the airport.

Later Hope ended up studying abroad in London UK, and Seth ran off to study pop music production at LIPA in Liverpool. While living in London, she dropped all but a few art-related classes and gained an education of her own by visiting music venues every night (which often left her waiting for the damned night bus and lead to getting lost in not the best of neighbourhoods) as well as slinging pints at the castle pub.

Eventually, she had to come back to Austin to graduate, but not without an armload of new material and a brainful of new influences. This time She was making her own music!

Hope Irish recorded her first EP in 2005, "HopeIsh", with Rambunctious Entertainment of Denton, Tx, and backing band,THE INFLUENCE. The EP features seven gritty tracks of angst, love, and cynicism.

Seth finally returned from Liverpool, and while at the local coffeeshop 503, was introduced to Peter. Their dry senses of humor and love of music caused quite a bond.

The birth of SuperPop Records ensued. Proud fathers Seth and Peter threw open the doors of the studio and Hope began recording her first full length album, "the best of the least."

It turned out that Jessica Attie, the sweet alto, did most of the photography for Superpop. She ended up doing Hope's photos for the album and for alot of her shows.

Hope met Joe and will working at club deville downtown. then ran into cody, a classmate from st. ed's and his friend matt, and a baby band was born.

now they all rock together happily ever after.