The Hopefuls

The Hopefuls

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Dressed in matching suits The Hopefuls are related to any band that knows the only thing better than more cowbell is more handclaps, and the only thing better than more handclaps has yet to be invented.

Biography

As veterans of the Minneapolis music scene, Erik Appelwick and Darren Jackson have earned their stripes in Vicious Vicious and Kid Dakota. Adventurous musicians both, the longtime friends began experimenting with a sound that was completely different from their other bands. And this is how The Hopefuls’ unabashed indie pop was born.

The duo played under the name Camaro with several transient members, airing the charming innocence of ‘60s-era pop cuts like ‘Drain the Sea’ and the bittersweetness of anti-love songs like ‘Pretty Bigmouth’ to enthusiastic crowds. To appease their fans and stalkers, they recorded the album that had become long overdue. Their full-length debut, titled ‘The Fuses Refuse to Burn,’ is slick in all the right places but always full of soul and surprises, and combines a bit of Weezer guitar grit with the playful, carefree anthems of bands like The Cars and The Apples in Stereo.

The mission statement of the The Hopefuls succinctly, ‘It’s fun music for happy times.’ And although that’s a bit of an oversimplification, the bulk of the The Hopefuls output is lighthearted feel-good rock with fist pumping bacchanalian anthems (‘Let’s Go!’) and speeding motorcycle devotionals (‘Motobike’) setting the tone of the record. Nearly every song combines buoyant hand claps, absurd xylophone fills, backing oohh and aahhs galore, trashy synthesizer lines and razor sharp guitar leads in a shameless effort to keep heads bopping and asses shaking throughout the entirety of the albums' 10-track, 37-minute sonic joyride. ‘The Fuses Refuse to Burn’ is so full of glorious, hook-filled, drunk-on-pleasure pop confections that it's impossible not to get snagged on one of them.

With an assault of chord changes so familiar they resonate, The Hopefuls are a perfect example of why great, fun pop songs--when written, sung, and played with intelligence, chops, form, and feel--can be transcendent and extraordinary even while seeming familiar. And the echoes of those coital outbursts survive today, in every teary-eyed ‘Oh, sweet Jesus, I love this band!’ that comes from the crowd at an Hopeful's show.

In addition to winning a variety of regional titles and awards, they’re gaining some serious national steam and have been heard on VH1’s Best Week Ever and The OC.

Onstage, bassist Heath Henjum (The Beatifics, Little Man), drummer Eric Fawcett (Spymob, N.E.R.D.) and multi-instrumentalist John Hermanson (Storyhill, Alva Star) complete the The Hopefuls lineup.

Lyrics

Let's Go!

Written By: Appelwick / Jackson

Everyday is a disaster
So we live for the darkness
Like Hollywood vampires
We sleep until the sun sets
And stay up all night
In the arms of the moonlight
I'll meet you outside your window
We'll disappear in the shadows
Let's go!

Put on your Monday Best
We're going for a ride
We gotta get out West
We gotta get outside

Hey alright
It's a.m. time
And we've got
Mini-thins and nursery rhymes
The lights fade in th distance
Drivin' away from the skyline
We've got the world in our headlights
Everything will be alright
Let's go!

Until the sun is up
Until the gas is gone
Until the pills wear off
Until we come undone
We could stay up all night

Holiday

Written By: Jackson

I passed out
On someone's couch in someone's house
Woke up in the afternoon
To the sound of the boulevard
Hey, look outside
It's New Year's Day, the Fourth of July
But inside no fireworks
Although it's filled with punks, the fuses refuse to burn

It's holiday until tomorrow
A hundred miles away and I'm full of sorrow
I'm not prone to steal but not afraid to borrow

You passed out
Invitations to your show
I dressed up in my finest suit
Didn't know if I should go
Bought a bottle of Beam
Man it's a force field from this scene
I heard you tried to hit on me
It's such a pity I was too damn drunk to see

It's holiday until tomorrow
A hundred miles away and I'm full of sorrow
I'm not prone to steal but not afraid to borrow

Motobike

Written By: Appelwick

I like to ride on my motobike
And drive real fast, but around the bend
I slipped on a patch of ice and fell down hard
I skinned my knee and I broke my arm

And it breaks my girl's heart
Every time I crash my motobike
But I'll never slow down

I'm riding fast on down 13th
And Francois the shopkeeper smiles while he waves his fist
Because he's jealous, oh yeah he was young in the streets of Paris back in '63 with a haircut just like James Dean

It breaks his heart every time
Every time I crash my motobike
He gets all choked up
I crash my motobike if I get too messed up

The cops they can't catch me
Though they chase me all over town
I'm never gonna slow down

I'm 65 on down 14th
I wave to some pretty girls wearing baby tees
And they pass by like the April wind in my hair
I had watering eyes and I couldn't read the signs

It breaks my girl's heart
Every time I crash my motobike
But I'll never slow down

Shy

Written By: Appelwick

I'd like to preface this song
By stating that shyness is a relative thing

I neglected to mention
It's a lack of convention that allows me to sing

So I pull your bleach hair
And you punch my black eye, I'd kiss your blue lips if I weren't so shy

I was waiting to meet a friend
Down on 6th Street at a shady cafe
The waitress stopped by, said "Honey, what can I get you?"
I said, "I think I'll wait."
Like I always do

It happens nearly every day
I wait and waste my chances away
I ain't getting younger
And I can't seem to change that I'm too shy

So I pull your lovely leg
You just bat your eyes
I'd kiss your orange face
If I weren't so shy

You were painting a picture
Of a family fixture underneath an oak tree
Just like in those movies, your radiance moved me
But I just couldn't say the words I wanted to, to you

It happens nearly every day
I wait and waste my chances away
I ain't getting younger
And I can't seem to change that I'm too shy

Drain the Sea

Written By: Jackson

I think we got somethin' together
And I think it'll last a long time
They say that we're in for stormy weather
Well I don't care, let's leave the life jackets behind

'Cause they don't know you like I do

I don't think your mother likes me
Your dad says my head is filled with rocks and sand
But if you were drowning in the ocean
Well I'd drain the sea and bring you back to land

'Cause they don't know me like you do

They better mind their own business now
Before they interfere and ruin a beautiful thing somehow

I knew when I first saw you
Shipwrecked and lost at sea
Abandoned on the island
Of sadness and ennui
That I must get my bucket
And bail the ocean's blue
If nothing more than to prove
That I'm in love with you

Pretty Bigmouth

Written By: Appelwick

Step right into those little black shoes and walk
I don't want to hear your baby talk
On and on and on and away you go
Where you and your mouth stop no one really knows

Would it be so bad to shut your mouth and listen?
Could it be you're just a pretty bigmouth? I think so

A sense of style and a slightly upturned nose
She takes good care of herself and it really shows
But on and on and on and away she goes
Where her and her mouth stops no one really knows

Would it be so bad to shut your mouth and listen?
Could it be you're just a pretty bigmouth? I think so

Call on me when you finally find yourself a muzzle
Call on me when you don't want to be a pretty bigmouth anymore

Discography

'The Fuses Refuse To Burn' - LP (2024 Records), April 2004

'Let's Go!' (track 7) was featured on the January 6, 2005 episode ('The Family Ties') of The OC (www.musicfromtheoc.com), and is receiving sustained airplay on Twin Cities FM adult album alternative (AAA) radio station Drive 105 (www.drive105.com).

'Motobike' (track 5) is receiving sustained airplay on Twin Cities FM adult album alternative (AAA) radio station Cities 97 (www.cities97.com).

'Whisper' (track 6), 'Holiday' (track 2), 'Shy' (track 3), 'Drain the Sea' (track 4), and 'Motobike' (track 5) are receiving sustained airplay on Twin Cities FM adult album alternative (AAA) radio station 89.3 The Current (www.kcmp.org).

'Holiday' (track 2), 'Drain the Sea' (track 4), 'Motobike' (track 5), 'Let's Go!' (track 7), and 'Pretty Bigmouth' (track 9) are receiving sustained airplay on XM satellite radio station XMU channel 43.

Set List

All songs are originals. Set lists are modular and vary from show to show. No two shows are the same. Sets are typically 45 minutes, but can last over an hour.

Imaginary
Let's Go!
Drain the Sea
Pretty Bigmouth
Motobike
Shy
Whisper
Stoned Again
Holiday
Trust Fund

Cavalier
Book of Love
Hold Yer Own (unrecorded)
Edge of Medicine (unrecorded)
Idaho (unrecorded)
What She Wants (unrecorded)
Red Stain (unrecorded)
45's Til 3 (unrecorded)