Hurrah! A Bolt of Light! / Press

“The Deli Magazine's Best Emerging Indie Rock Band for 2011. Wil Farr doesn’t take long to drown himself in sweat. Spun from the same cloth as Bruce Springsteen or Ian Curtis, he routinely leads his homespun band to a blaze of glory, forcing his restless spirit and barbed hooks through anyone looking for a dose of excitement. Hurrah! builds each track of their heartland-brewed, rocking yet rootsy tunes to a frenzy, making believers of anyone looking for a rush of adrenaline chased down with a shot of big band frenzy.”

“The opening act, Hurrah! A Bolt of Light! electrified the start of the night. Their music sounded something like Joe Cocker or Bruce Springsteen & The Easy Street Band (QRO live review), very charged and exciting. It’d be difficult to stand motionless during one of their sets unless you are in a body cast. The singer has the wide-eyed intense glare of PIL’s John Lydon (QRO live review – and if you said Hurrah’s frontman was his son, I’d believe you), an intense stare and focus similar to Ian Curtis. Watching him and his female co-singer was like watching Johnny Cash and June Carter having as much fun entertaining themselves as their audience. The crowd was not shy to embrace the spirit of excitement either.”

“Farr’s new ensemble indulges Paper and Sand fans with the expert level of songwriting we’ve come to expect, but subs in some alt-country charm for the barbed hooks of his former gig. What results is that familiar raw energy that erupts in your heart and sears through your veins with a burn that’ll last for days … Of all the shining moments that grace the 12-song album, the penultimate number flares like a flamethrower in the night. “One Drink” is a balls-out bar brawler that’ll send you straight to the moon. Be advised to listen to this song in a big open space, or you may end up tearing down walls in an adrenaline-fueled frenzy.”

“Hurrah! A Bolt of Light! traffic in anthemic and melodramatic material.”

“Hurrah! A Bolt of Light! makes music in the same vein as the Hold Steady: triumphant, heartfelt, sweaty. However, unlike our local rock saviors, Hurrah! infuses a serious alt-country vision into their music that makes it that much more exciting to listen to. Lead singer Wil Farr’s voice often sounds like it’s on the verge of falling apart because he gives it everything he’s got. That, coupled with the band’s tight and layered sound, creates an unrivaled energy that will have you shouting along to choruses you just heard for the first time.””

“There is nothing more exciting than wandering into a random club and making a musical discovery. Such was the case last week when a friend and I wandered into New York’s Rockwood Music Hall and caught a high energy set by this local sextet. Singer Wil Farr fronts the band with an impressive intensity that is perfectly complimented by his counterpart Bridget Buscemi’s vibrant vocals. Add two guitars, a keyboard and a solid rhythm section and you’ve got songs that pack a powerful punch.”