A Fragile Tomorrow
A Fragile Tomorrow at Paradise Rock Club opening for Matthew Sweet in June 2012
|Origin||Montgomery, New York, |
|Genres||Rock, power pop, jangle pop|
|Members||Sean Kelly |
A Fragile Tomorrow is an alternative/powerpop band from Charleston, South Carolina, formerly from Montgomery, New York. The group formed in 2003 and included brothers Sean Kelly, Dom Kelly, and Brendan Kelly. In 2006, bassist Shaun Rhoades joined the group. The band has put out four studio albums, most recently the critically acclaimed Make Me Over. The band has shared the stage with/opened for Indigo Girls, The Bangles, Matthew Sweet, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Garrison Starr, Antigone Rising, K's Choice, Mac McCaughan of Superchunk, Drivin N Cryin, Continental Drifters, Blues Traveler, The Cowsills, Danielle Howle, Susan Cowsill, Amy Ray, and more.
The band began as a three piece in 2003, composed of brothers Sean, Dominic, and Brendan Kelly. Three years later, they had enough material for a full-length album, which led to their 2006 debut. Soon after the release, bassist Shaun Rhoades was added to the group. After ending their recording/management contract with Audem Records in early 2007, the band began work on their sophomore release Beautiful Noise, which was released independently in 2008. Touring in support of this release led to the band deciding to relocate from their hometown of Montgomery, NY to Charleston, SC.
The band began recording the follow-up to 2008's Beautiful Noise , titled Tripping Over Nothing, which was produced by South Carolina musician Danielle Howle in the summer of 2009. The album features guest appearances once again by Peter Holsapple and Susan Cowsill, as well as Amy Ray of the Indigo Girls. Consistent touring in Charleston, coupled with time spent in the area recording their third album, prompted the band to relocate to the Charleston area in late 2009, where they have since remained.
The album was released on February 23, 2010. The band put out the record on their own label, Piewillie Records. They toured heavily in support of it, opening for Indigo Girls  In December 2010, the band released a digital EP of acoustic versions of songs from Tripping Over Nothing, titled Palmetto EP.
Sean and Dom were featured vocalists on Indigo Girls latest live release, "Staring Down the Brilliant Dream" released in June 2010. They sing on the song "Closer to Fine" along with Michelle Malone and actress Jill Hennessy.
On April 19, 2011, the band released a live record called Live at Awendaw Green that was recorded at a show in Awendaw, SC in December 2010.
In summer 2011, the band announced their plans to start work on their fourth studio record. Preproduction began in fall 2011, and recording began in January 2012.
Sessions for the band's fourth studio record began in January 2012 with Mitch Easter. According to the band's Facebook page, the album feature contributions from Don Dixon, Amy Ray of Indigo Girls, Vicki Peterson and Debbi Peterson of The Bangles, and Easter himself.
On March 29, 2012, A Fragile Tomorrow released a version of "Water's Part" by Let's Active, recorded with and produced by Let's Active front man himself, Mitch Easter for free download on their official site.
The band's fourth studio album, titled Be Nice Be Careful and produced by Mitch Easter and Ted Comerford, was released on January 8, 2013 via the band's Piewillie Records. The album was also released in Japan on the same day as its US release via Powerpop Academy/Thistime Records. Initially, the album garned much critical acclaim, with Audiophile Reviews saying that "be nice be careful redefines powerpop for the 21st century"  and Musoscribe claiming "If this is the state of powerpop in early 2013, things look good for the future".
The band played headlining dates in 2013 in support of "Be Nice Be Careful", as well as dates supporting both Toad the Wet Sprocket and K's Choice. It was announced that the band will again support K's Choice, under the name Bettens, in Belgium and the Netherlands in November 2013. On February 18th, 2014, the band will release Belgique, an EP of songs from Be Nice Be Careful recorded live at Ancienne Belgique in Brussels, Belgium.
The band's fifth studio album, Make Me Over, was released on October 16, 2015 via MPress Records, with several headlining shows surrounding the release as well as a U.S. tour supporting Indigo Girls and shows in Tel Aviv, Israel supporting K's Choice. The album features appearances from Joan Baez, Mark Hart of Crowded House, and Indigo Girls. It was produced and engineered by the band in Savannah, Georgia.
In October 2016, A Fragile Tomorrow announced they had been nominated for an Independent Music Award for their version of their cousin Richard Fariña's song "One Way Ticket" featuring Joan Baez and Indigo Girls. On November 12, they announced on social media that they had won the award for Best Cover Song. The band also announced that they had received 5 Grammy pre-nominations in various categories for Make Me Over.
Drummer Dominic Kelly released his first solo album, Everything Is Just Enough, on April 7, 2017 on MPress Records. Singer and songwriter Sean Kelly is also set to release his debut solo album Time Bomb, Baby in October 2017.