A Fragile Tomorrow has become one of the most respected band of brothers on the road, largely thanks to their venerable work ethic, stellar musicianship, and fans in high places. The four-piece powerpop band is comprised of identical brothers Sean and Dominic Kelly, their younger brother Brendan, and Shaun Rhoades.
A Fragile Tomorrow’s genre has never been easy to pinpoint, as the band uses the cities, musicians, and cultures that they come across while on the road as inspiration for their songwriting. Fans have compared their music to the likes of Teenage Fanclub, The Smithereens, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Big Star, The Jayhawks, The Lemonheads, The Posies, and more. Artists such as Indigo Girls, The Bangles, Matthew Sweet, Antigone Rising, Garrison Starr, Blues Traveler, Catie Curtis, Continental Drifters, Danielle Howle, The Cowsills, and Mark Bryan of Hootie and The Blowfish have invited AFT to tour and share the stage over the last few years.
While on tour promoting their fourth studio album, released in January of 2013, we took the time to ask the guys a few questions! Here’s what they had to say:
What’s the first gig you ever attended?
“Sean, Brendan, and I all had the same first concert – it was a VH1 music festival that featured Hootie and The Blowfish, Elvis Costello, and a bunch more. We went specifically to see Hootie, and were obviously inspired by Costello starting at that point. Sean and I were probably 7 or 8 years old at that point, but I remember it vividly.”
What is the best gig that you ever performed?
“That’s a tough one, but I think collectively we can all agree that playing at The Fillmore in San Francisco to a sold out crowd on tour with The Bangles was one of the best for many reasons. Getting to play in that room on that stage was a dream come true for all of us, and the whole energy of that show was incredible. We’ve had amazing shows since then that are probably on the same level as that, but that show was just special.”
What is the best gig you have ever seen?
“That’s another tough question, and I’m sure we all have different answers, but for me it would have to be Joan Baez at Atlanta Botanical Gardens a couple of years ago. Nobody compares to her, in my opinion, and she was just fantastic. My brothers and I are connected to her – our cousin, Richard Farina, had a folk duo in the 60s with his wife Mimi Farina, who was Joan’s sister. Richard and Mimi wrote with Joan, toured with her, and Richard was a close friend with Bob Dylan. I guess you can say we’re related to Joan through marriage. We’ve gotten to meet her a couple of times because of this connection. She’s also good friends with our friends Amy Ray and Emily Saliers, so we have that connection as well. She is such a beautiful person, and I’m dying to see her again.”
Gig you would most like to play?
“I think we can all collectively agree that opening the inevitable R.E.M. reunion show would be a dream come true. We haven’t all accepted the fact that they broke up, though, so that’s why we know they’ll play again one day and hopefully we can convince them to let us open. Personally, speaking solely for myself, I’d like to one day sing with Joni Mitchell. If I could do that, I could die perfectly happy. She’s my favorite songwriter of all time, and Blue is my favorite record of all time. I just want to sing “A Case Of You” with her, or at least listen to her sing it right in front of me. I’m swooning at the thought.”
What would be the lineup for your dream gig?
A Fragile Tomorrow
Make sure you check out A Fragile Tomorrow playing at Eddie’s Attic tomorrow night, Tuesday March 19th!