From Lawrence, KS with a taste of Ireland, Carswell & Hope bring vintage rock sounds and sensibilities together with big harmonies, carefully crafted textures and inventive songwriting, to create a sound and experience all of their own.

Carswell & Hope were formed in 2012 when Irishman Nick Carswell arrived in Lawrence, Kansas with guitar in hand, ready to bring his unique voice and inventive songwriting to the US Midwest. He soon found Jason Slote (drums), Austin Quick (bass/keys) and Jordan Tucker (guitar), and the sound immediately began to form the cohesive yet difficult to define space that Carswell & Hope inhabits. The band has been compared to Elvis Costello, Radiohead, Fleet Foxes, Local Natives and ELO.

C&H released their self-produced debut LP A Hunger in 2014, hailed as “an impressive debut” by Hot Press Magazine, and accompanied by an Irish tour. Ryan McCall joining the lineup on keyboards and organ further expanded the sometimes grandiose and symphonic sound. C&H have built a following sharing bills with Mayer Hawthorne, The Mowglis, Glenn Tilbrook (Squeeze) and Mundy (IRL), as well as becoming a staple feature of the annual Kansas City Irish Fest.

2018’s Exit Plan EP was lauded for it’s “tenacious and magnified sound” by The Bridge, and the 2019 single On My Way, was accompanied by a crowd-sourced music video created with fan-submitted footage from all around the world. August 2022 saw the release of the full-length follow-up Sign of the Times, mixed by Joel Nanos at Element Recording Studios and released on Silly Goose Records. The album features Katlyn Conroy (Cheery, Cowboy Indian Bear) as well as guests Damon Parker (MGDs), Mark Murtha (Maria the Mexican), Audrey Herren (Christena Graves Band) & Lucas Parker (Lucas Parker Band + Jessica Paige).

Discography available now from:
carswellandhope.bandcamp.com / iTunes / Spotify / Amazon / GooglePlay

“Its refreshing to uncover somebody like Carswell who is prepared to think, write and play outside the box.”
Hot Press magazine

“a perfectly-crafted piece of twangy pop-rock . . . a fascinating and involving listen”
The Pitch

“a smart, boisterous vintage rock sound”
The Bridge 90.9

“emotionally rich and genuine themes behind their songs”
I Heart Local Music

“these songs are full of invention . . . an audacious debut”
The Deli Magazine

“wistful and inventive songs cast in various shades of indie pop and chamber pop”
INK Magazine

“a full-scale production aesthetic that moves, glistens and evolves with melody and harmony”

“an intelligent mix of vintage rock and pop, with an experimental leaning”
Hot Press magazine