“The Hometown Sweetheart's exuberant live performances of memorable hits, cheesy novelty tunes, punk staples and other hooky chestnuts will brighten the darkest of days. Front man 'Waylan Daniel', bass player Chris Boeger and drummer Scott Beardsley don't exactly subvert the whole hoary notion of a covers act, but when they caper through Duran Duran's "Rio" or Prince's "1999" or Tom Waits' "I Don't Wanna Grow Up," they certainly tug it deep into the fun zone.”
"The folks in New York's Hometown Sweethearts refer to themselves as an "anti-cover band cover band, playing everything from Motorhead to Elton John to DEVO to Glen Campbell." And that's pretty much what they've been doing for the past ten years. But with the release of this self-titled album, their career path takes a sudden change. Instead of covers, this CD features eleven original compositions with sounds and possible influences from all over the place. So apparently covering all those diverse artists all these years has had a distinct and profound impact on the band's own material. And it's probably no surprise to anyone (including the members of the band) that the songs came out sounding so slick and accessible. There are several tracks that sound very much like hit singles to us. Cool upbeat melodic tracks include "Blackout," "Set The World On Fire," "Thousand Pieces," and "One More Dance." Good solid stuff with good sold beats. Neat...
“The Hometown Sweethearts have taken on hundreds of musical guises over the years, including Billy Idol, Gnarls Barkley and Franz Ferdinand. Now the long-running cover band, which has been a staple of the local wedding scene for more than a decade, is finally stepping out on its own with a new album comprised solely of original material. As in their selection of covers, the group’s self-titled debut is a diverse affair, flirting with 1980s-style synth-pop (“Blackout”), disco-funk (“Set the World on Fire”) and jangly rock ’n’ roll (“Thousand Pieces”). Considering their background as a party band (here’s betting there aren’t many dour, goth weddings), it’s no surprise the Sweethearts opt to keep things light. “The party ain’t gonna stop,” they promise on “Carry Me Home.” Here then is the soundtrack to your next rowdy weekend bash.”
“The Sweethearts' performance on a Valentine's Day a few years back prompted a big-shot local musician who will remain nameless to lean over and ask me, "What if Madison's best band is a cover band?"”
“Here is my list of the best shows from local bands, performers, etc. this year. It's important to keep in mind that there were several reportedly awesome local shows I missed. It's also important to note that I've excluded the various bands I'm in. If I were to include those, clearly there would be no room for any of these bands. Also, I have not included dates for these shows as I'm far too macho to keep a diary, so you'll just have to believe me that they really happened. Top 10 2006 Local Shows (Featuring Bands I'm Not In): 1. Hometown Sweethearts @ The High Noon Saloon - I had so much fun at this show that I think I might have had a stroke.”