Fourth of July: 'She's In Love'

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The Lawrence, KS-based band Fourth of July makes cheery guitar pop with simple but brilliant lines about drinking, social politics and young love. The six-piece group has a gift for constructing lush arrangements, complete with horns, keys, and bright, jangly guitar.

Fourth of July's album Fourth of July On the Plains begins with a bouncy drum intro on the track "Be Careful." Singer-songwriter Brendan Hangauer's graceful, sincere voice immediately captures your attention with the lines "what if everyone got what they want / then you wouldn't be here so drunk and sorry / then you wouldn't cry about what you've lost." The track, "She's in Love" is solid indie pop at its finest. Glassy guitar picking and Adrianne Verhoeven's (former Anniversary) soft backing vocals give it a polished style. Strong thoughts of regret emerge on the short, folky song "Why did I drink So Much Last Night?"

The Midwestern band released their debut album on July 5th with the independent label Range Life Records.

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