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Every so often, a band comes along that inspires people with not only their music, but also with where they came from. A Fragile Tomorrow is one of those bands. With catchy songs, an incredible stage show, and perfect harmonies, A Fragile Tomorrow has made themselves known 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 identical brothers Sean and Dominic and younger brother Brendan Kelly. 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 to the band, and they have remained a four piece ever since. 2008 brought the world "Beautiful Noise," the band's second record, which was produced by Grammy award winner Malcolm Burn.
Although the stage is a noticeably comfortable home for the guys, their journey to finding it was not an easy one. Sean and Dominic, along with their brother Paul, were born a set of triplets. At a year old, all three brothers were diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy. Growing up with a physical disability forced the brothers to live their lives with an important mantra; nothing is impossible. This proved to be even more important with the untimely death of triplet brother Paul when they were 5 years old. “It really puts things into perspective,” says Dominic. “We decided, from that day forward, that we would devote our lives to making sure our message rang true not only for ourselves, but for Paul.” They, along with younger brother Brendan, found that playing music and writing songs was the way they wanted to get their message out to the world, with Paul as their daily inspiration.
Years of hard work and determination to make their dreams a reality started to pay off in a big way in 2009. They went into the studio, with singer/songwriter Danielle Howle as producer, to make their third record “Tripping Over Nothing.” While recording this album in the forests of Awendaw, SC, they were presented with the opportunity to open dates for Indigo Girls. The relationship between these two groups grew, with Amy Ray contributing vocals on two songs on the new record, as well having Sean and Dominic as featured vocalists on the song “Closer To Fine” off their live album, “Staring Down the Brilliant Dream.” The album, “Tripping Over Nothing,” which was released in February 2010, also features contributions from singer/songwriter Susan Cowsill and legendary musician Peter Holsapple. A Fragile Tomorrow still continues to serve as opener for tours with Indigo Girls sporadically, with Emily Saliers raving, “Not only are their harmonies killer, but they are just the nicest guys, and they just have a spirit about them. So you get a combination of that talent, and something special that they bring to an audience, and the fact that they are terrific human beings. We've toured with them before, and I'm sure we will again.”
The musical genre of A Fragile Tomorrow has never been easy to pinpoint, as the band uses the cities, musicians, and culture that they come across while on the road as inspiration for their songwriting. Fans have time and again 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. Their unique original material has been noticed by many industry legends over the years, including Vicki Peterson of The Bangles, who asked the guys to open the west coast leg of their fall 2011 tour. Shows at well-respected clubs like House of Blues and legendary venues such as The Fillmore made the west coast a successful new market for the band. Throughout their career, A Fragile Tomorrow has shared the stage with the likes of the Indigo Girls, The Bangles, Blues Traveler, Catie Curtis, Martin Sexton, Grace Potter and The Nocturnals, Susan Cowsill, Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes, Continental Drifters, Danielle Howle, The Cowsills, Railroad Earth, Mark Bryan of Hootie and The Blowfish, and more.
In January 2012, the band will head into the studio to record their fourth record. Music legend Mitch Easter, known for his work with bands like R.E.M. and Pavement, is set to produce. The new batch of songs that will be on the record show A Fragile Tomorrow’s growth not only in their songwriting, but in their musicianship as a whole. “It’s my hope that our fans will be able to gain a sense of who we are as people through these songs,” says songwriter Sean Kelly. “I believe they will be able to relate to what is being talked about in each song, and hopefully they can be inspired by our music to live out their dreams.”
Things are only looking up for A Fragile Tomorrow, and with all that they have accomplished so far, one can honestly say that they are the living example of the phrase they grew up believing; nothing is impossible.