A Fragile Tomorrow
Band - Folk-rock
Location Charleston , SC
With an incredible stage show, catchy songs, and perfect harmonies, A Fragile Tomorrow has made themselves known throughout the east coast as one of the best up and coming bands out there today. The group began as a three piece in the fall of 2003, comprised of brothers Sean (vocals, guitar, mandolin), Dominic (drums, vocals), and Brendan Kelly (lead guitar, mandolin). They shared a love for music and a desire to make it, and what resulted in 2006 was the band’s debut album Wishful Thinking. That same year, a newspaper ad led Shaun Rhoades (bass, vocals) to the band, and they have remained a four piece ever since.
In the fall of 2007 they began recording their sophomore album, Beautiful Noise, with producer Malcolm Burn, best known for his work with Emmylou Harris, Bob Dylan, and the Neville Brothers. The album was released in the spring of 2008 to great review. Beautiful Noise features guest spots from friends Peter Holsapple (The dB’s, REM, Hootie and the Blowfish) and Susan Cowsill (The Cowsills, Continental Drifters, Dwight Twilley). AFT then began touring, and has since shared the stage with the likes of Blues Traveler, Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes, Continental Drifters, Danielle Howle, Doug Jones of Cravin Melon, Amy Ray of the Indigo Girls, and more.
Currently the band is hard at work on their third album, titled Tripping Over Nothing. The album is being recorded at Awendaw Green, a music compound in Awendaw, South Carolina that is quickly becoming one of the best places for music in South Carolina. On board for producing is singer-songwriter Danielle Howle. With 8 albums under her belt, 20 years in the business, and countless amounts of touring and playing with the likes of the Indigo Girls, Hootie and the Blowfish, Ani DiFranco, Bob Dylan, The Avett Brothers, and many more, Danielle Howle is a road warrior who certainly knows her stuff. “Working with Danielle is very comfortable for us. She’s always got ideas in her head. She makes us feel very relaxed in the studio, and has really helped us dig into our songs more and pull out the emotion in the lyrics and music, which adds a whole new dynamic to the recordings”, says Sean Kelly. “She understands these songs and knows how to bring them to the next level. We couldn’t have asked for anybody better this time around”.
The band’s strong point is certainly their live show. High energy, raw, fun performances make AFT a band to catch this year. At an AFT show, there is definitely never a dull moment. “We just love playing together. The thing that keeps it fun for us is the idea that we can be spontaneous with each other in front of an audience, and they respond really well to it. It makes it so we always have something to talk about after the show, and it makes playing the songs night after night just as great as it was the first time we played them” says Sean.
A Fragile Tomorrow will be around for a long time. With a new album on the horizon, tons of shows, and an overall desire to continue playing and recording together, there’s no telling where they’ll go from here. “We’re just happy that people are listening, and that people genuinely enjoy seeing us play and hearing our songs. It makes everything else worth it”.