Lara Hope and her band of roots rockin’ country and rockabilly rabble rousers in the Ark-Tones have been the not so best kept secret of the Hudson Valley, New York music scene for awhile now.
All of their releases are fantastic and fun but their latest
Love You to Life is a big step up for a band who already have nothing to be ashamed about. Hope’s melodic and thrilling dexterity as a vocalist and storyteller is backed up with the most pro-sounding set of tunes yet.
Hope is happily wed to bassist Matt Goldpaugh, but hasn’t lost the knack for heartbreak yarns or the production from John Naclerio of Nada Studios (Polar Bear Club, My Chemical Romance, 4 Gun Ridge) works very well for the band’s most crisp sounding offering yet but without cleaning up too much of the band’s pluck. “Calling My Name” is one of their finest moments to date, a thrill of country-tinged classic perfection that could warm up any jukebox as Hope relates the love of freedom that balances the trials of being a working musician. Cheers to many more musical nights.