One day all bands will be made like this. Your humble correspondent never tires of exalting Hope&Social not least because there's no lying involved. The words come tumbling out.
Innovative, diverse, brilliantly talented and so in love with constructing delicately muscular tunes. And a live music lesson in life, also, in how to build, engage and keep a huge and loyal fan base without meaningless hype, empty promises and stolen ideas.
Yup, a music that is peerless and timeless, a bloody great big mass of glorious noise ring-fenced by comsummate musicianship, relentless enthusiasm and big grins. Yeah, look around that audience hanging on every word. every aside, smiling like fools, singing their heads off like nobody is watching.
Hope&Social want the sound of classic albums, brought up to date. Albums which were a call-to-arms, and part lament penned with measured guitar and lush harmony. Not a load of bollocks sponsored by Blackberry.
Sieved from drunken rants, they sing of Englishness and home and what it means. Of simplicity and custom, and of God.
‘If it feels good turn it up’ / Fender Champ / a long list of drum fills / a child's accordion...
They have a new album called All Our Dancing Days. Its brilliant. Buy it and come and see them live. Please.