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You Knew Me When / Press

“They are a two-person band that presents a full band sound...They are great performers, no matter the size of the venue, they put their heart and soul into the show.”

“I clicked on the first track of YKMW's You, Me and the Rest of the World and promptly forgot I meant to give only a quick listen — thus mesmerized, I was four songs deep before remembering I was supposed to be writing about the music. The songs are just lovely, combining fragile folksy melodies with an elegant, edgier sound...Go ahead and fall in love.”

“25 Indie Music Artists Worth Paying For -- Slow Down -- I'll be honest, I've always been leery of any band hailing from Nashville, but I've come to find out that there are several great non-country bands located in the land of the Grand Ole Opry. A fine example is You Knew Me When, which has a dark and haunted indie vibe in the best sense of the tradition on this tune.”

“Filling a gap in the modern music scene is the sound of You Knew Me When – one that blends soulful lyrics with the rhythms of indie and folk rock. The result is uniquely their own – full of an authenticity, heart, and ukulele that just isn’t heard often enough.”

“Husband-wife duo You Knew Me When are close to the next step. Fans of melancholy indie rock and singer-songwriter fare probably will find something to like in Cie and Karisa Hoover's "You, Me, and the Rest of the World.”…This is a pair with talent and ability.”

Tony Bennett - Duluth News Tribune

“There is such a natural talent to You Know Me When and for the first time in quite awhile it may be a sound that is truly unique, or at least different in these musical times.”

“Upon first listen these songs, stories and sounds seem to be plucked straight out of a soundtrack for a musical. Closing your eyes while listening fosters up images of a dark stage light in cool blues with two actors, their backs turned, spotlight on each exchanging verses of love or longing until that moment of unified crescendo where song and story begin to overlap. This stems from the unconventional or untraditional vocal styling the two bring to their sound. It is easy to pigeonhole or point out bands or musicians hailing from Nashville, but these two might as well have been born on the other side of the country. This isn’t necessarily a band thing, there is such a natural talent to You Know Me When and for the first time in quite awhile it may be a sound that is truly unique, or at least different in these musical times.”

“You Knew Me When has grown exponentially as a duo in terms of their stage presence, confidence, and the sound quality of their live performance. The range of emotions hit me in terms of a reflective state of mind, as showcased in their single entitled “Slow Down”, to snapping my fingers and tapping my toes in a song off of their new record entitled “In Moderation”, to being blown away in awe with their brilliant cover of “Glycerine”, originally done by Bush.”

“The duo has, quite literally, made beautiful music together. Their haunting, ethereal and somewhat melancholy tunes bring to mind Coldplay and Death Cab for Cutie, but with starkly rendered guitar playing by Cie and Karisa's beautiful vocals.”

“You Knew Me When has written a record that could potentially be the next big thing to the masses, just like what The Civil Wars did and what The Avett Brothers are currently doing.”

“The songs flow together to form a singular, unique sound that sets the couple apart as musicians…With a wide range of material, those in the audience rarely have trouble finding something they like. ”

“Our favorite road warrior, indie-folk duet from Nashville...You will not want to miss this husband and wife duo and their over-abundance of instruments, talent, and melody. ”

CB's Tavern ~ Delta, CO

"Being a big Ben Gibbard fan (Death Cab For Cutie/The Postal Service), I dare say this is some seriously good music. Well produced with great dynamics. I love these husband & wife duo projects, they always seem to harmonize better in some unique way."

Christopher Paxton, Event Producer - Live On the Green / WRLT Lightning 100.1FM

“You Knew Me When came to Memphis ready to rock and delivered an unbelievable performance for the Hard Rock Café in The Birthplace of Rock n Roll. Their music offered something unique and memorable and we definitely hope to have them back again & again! ”

-Julien Salley, General Manager, Hard Rock Cafe Memphis

“If you’re a fan of groups like Matt Costa, The Shins, The Postal Service, The Decemberists and Coldplay, then you simply must check out You Knew Me When. ”

“You Knew Me When kicked off our inaugural Thursday Night Music Series at the Lucky Bucket Tasting Room and fit the bill perfectly. Their music resonates with a wide audience and was a great vibe for our crowd. ”

-Paul Albers, Tasting Room Manager, Lucky Bucket Brewing

“We're always looking forward to promoting good music on RadioX and You Knew Me When fit perfectly.”

Daniel URdaneta, Music Director - WNSU RadioX 88.5 FM

“Feature on Apogee Electronics Website: Cie Hoover – Using GiO and Apple MainStage for Live Performance”

“They are a husband/wife duo that makes incredible music together...In a nutshell, if Cie was yin, then Karisa is yang. These seemingly polar opposites in the music world seem to match and fit one another’s collective styles like a glove...Their self-titled CD offers haunting, brooding, yet somehow angelic vocal arrangements along with a wall of sound in their musicianship. The ambiance that they offer in their music is second to none as well...In essence, this is a CD that the listener can enjoy while sitting around a bonfire while the sunset adds a wonderful backdrop to the music. If one cherishes good songwriting, quality arrangements, and deep and poetic lyrical content, with a sense of catchiness to the songs and melodies, then this is the CD to get.”

"You Knew Me When delivered the perfect performance for our crowd at Prairie Berry Winery. They were professional and timely in booking the show. They picked up on the tone of a relaxed Sunday afternoon and created a wonderful musical experience for our guests. There's a dynamism around the music Cie and Karisa create together that we know will keep them busy touring! We hope their tour routing will bring them back to the Black Hills of South Dakota for another stop at Prairie Berry Winery."

-Sarah King, Prairie Berry Winery

“In a private loft in downtown Nashville, the two (You Knew Me When) took the stage as completely unknown musicians, but by the end of the night they had made life-long fans of the entire audience. The Hayman Loft…was completely silent within a few moments of the duo starting their set: heads turned, people took their seats and before long it seemed as though there was nothing else in the world that mattered more than the music that was filling the room. ”

"You Knew Me When: Couple doing the Mates of States shtick but not actually Mates of State. Cute, easy listening music. RIYD: The Swell Season"... RIYD means "Recommended if you dig".........don't worry, we had to look it up too. ;-)

"The Swell Season influence is noticeable in You Knew Me When’s tracks, but they’ve also been called, 'a stripped-down Coldplay mixed with a less-poppy Belle & Sebastian,' a nod to the melodic yet melancholy spirit of their music."

“Beautiful music … Catch ya’ll around town! ”

Nancy, NashvilleRock.net - www.NashvilleRock.net

“The arrangement and composition create a texture that’s like nothing I’ve ever heard; soothing, eerie and oddly beautiful. Listening to them perform, I was constantly reminded of Swedish vampire films with their bleak, dreary cinematography and cold, yet beautiful ambiance. ”

“Imagine a stripped-down acoustic version of Coldplay and a less pop-y Belle and Sebastian combined with the dark, almost haunting songwriting of the Decemberists. ”

“Their (You Knew Me When) key ingredient is simplicity, however its not for lack of talent or skill but rather a stream-lined and to-the-point approach to reaching the crowd, and its this beautiful simplicity that lends itself to the strange, wintery aura that enraptured the room while they were on stage. ”