Shimmery, hazy, melodic, sentimental. Hope Chest is a soft-psych shoegaze band from the San Francisco Bay Area trading in sentimental pop tunes. Acoustic meets electronic with 4-part harmonies…sort of like if The Mamas & The Papas were fans of The Smiths…if The Beach Boys were influenced by The Chameleons…you get the idea.
Formed in 1992 by Raymond Puzey, 2012 is the 20th anniversary of Hope Chest and they will be releasing a free Digital 45 every month, starting in January - one original tune and one cover tune. Their last EP, “If Luck Should Smile Down Upon Us” and album “Constellation Prize” are available for free download at last.fm so please enjoy.
I'll Walk You Home EP is out January 2, 2013!
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