Carswell & Hope play the 2022 St. Patio Show at Replay Lounge / Photo by Fally Afani
Carswell & Hope just dropped a new heartbreaking track ahead of their upcoming album release.

“Sign of the Times” takes a closer look at understanding and belonging in a tumultuous world. Though the band is normally quite chipper and lively at their live shows, it’s easy to forget their emotionally rich and genuine themes behind their songs. This is partly in thanks to ringleader Nick Carswell, an Irish immigrant allowing us to see the world (particularly, the American world) through his lens. “And all the broken men, can crow and go to hell,” he croons in a Pablo Honey-esque sound on the title track.

Carswell & Hope / Photo by Fally Afani
“The song is about identity, and what it means to belong, explains Carswell. “In recent years, we’ve seen a lot of people finding their feet in better understanding and celebrating their identity, which is great. But yet, some people use their own identity (political, religious or otherwise) to get in the way of people living their free, full lives. It’s something we all have a role to play in, and this is what the song explores.”

If you’re thinking you hear a familiar voice on that track, you’re not mistaken. Katlyn Conroy, a longtime staple of the band, finally made an appearance on an album.

Sign of the Times comes out August 30. Carswell and Hope will be playing the early show this weekend at the Replay on Sunday at 6:00 p.m.



Fally Afani is an award-winning journalist with a career spanning more than 20 years in media. She has worked extensively in radio, television, newspapers, magazines, and more.

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