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A Fragile Tomorrow - 'Make Me Over' (album stream) (premiere)

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The South Carolina band returns with a new album of wondrous powerpop.

Back in early August we premiered the contagious powerpop title track from A Fragile Tomorrow's new album. Bearing an endearing similarity to XTC and Big Star (what better bands to emulate?) Make Me Over is a rich and wonderfully catchy album by the South Carolina band, and although it comes out on 16 October, it's too good not to share a week early. The band agreed, and the album can be streamed below.

"The concept behind this record was heavily inspired by the retro-futurism art movement," says singer Sean Kelly, "in which people imagine what today’s world would have looked like based on predictions from the 1920s-1970s. We wanted to imagine what some of our favorite bands from the '60s and '70s would sound like if you told them back then to make music that sounds like 2015."

"We also generally wanted this record to be much bigger in scope," adds guitarist Brendan Kelly, "so we looked to some really big, ambitious records for inspiration. Records like Pet Sounds, David Bowie’s Low and Heroes, the Who’s Quadrophenia, pretty much every Beatles record from 1966 on, Radiohead’s OK Computer, Doves’ The Last Broadcast, Jellyfish’s Spilt Milk, etc. We didn’t want any idea in the studio to be deemed “too crazy” so we tried every idea we had and ended up with something that we think is pretty ambitious, psychedelic, and colorful sounding."

Pre-order Make Me Over at iTunes.

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