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Minneapolis-Based The Scarlet Goodbye Set To Release First Full-Length LP 'Hope’s Eternal'
By Stevie Connor.
The band christened “the most unlikely mash-up in Minnesota Music History”, The Scarlet Goodbye, is bracing itself for the upcoming release of its first full-length LP, “Hope’s Eternal”, dropping on InGrooves/Universal on March 24, 2023, via all streaming platforms, vinyl, and CD.
The Scarlet Goodbye, consisting of Soul Asylum/Golden Smog veteran Daniel Murphy and Yacht-Rocker/Producer Jeff Arundel, turned a random meeting at a café on a cobblestone street into a pandemic-worth of writing and recording, heralding Murphy’s return to a path he had exited in 2012.
“In 2012 I sold all the guitars and amps” said Murphy, with an Irish grin. “Now I’m busy buying them all back!”.
The enthusiasm between the two Minnesota Music icons is evident, and bursts into life on their 12 song set “Hope’s Eternal”. Veering from blistering rockers to majestically emotional ballads, Murphy and Arundel create a mutual skin-graft of Arundel’s melancholia and Murphy’s sneer, each welcoming the other onto their own hallowed turf for a roll-about.
“Dan and I have been playing and writing for the same decades, we just never ran into each other. And obviously, we were walking different ends of the musical street” says Arundel. “But we met, and I became intrigued when he told me that after being out of it for 10 years, maybe he missed it. So I invited him to the studio, and it was pretty instantly magical—a mutual collision of suggesting things to each other that the other wouldn’t have normally done”.
Early reviews of “Hope’s Eternal” have likened it to the “The Rolling Stones meet Townes Van Zandt” — Murphy and Arundel have teamed with the cream of the Minneapolis players Ben Peterson, Patrick Nelson, and Pat Frederick, with technical support from John Fields and Rob Genadek, and if Hope is not Eternal, it is at least very high when it comes to unleashing the record on March 24th, 2023.
3/26/23: VINYL RELEASE SHOW---> ICEHOUSE (w/Wille Wisely) Mpls, MN 4/20/23: The Dubliner (Acoustic Show) St. Paul, MN
5/6/23: Palmers (Outdoor w/Run Westy Run) @ 6pm Mpls, MN
5/26/23: Earth Rider Brewery (w/Rich Mattson and the Allstars) Superior, WI
6/11/23: Hewing Hotel (Outside Rooftop Music Series) Mpls, MN
9/19/23: Hook and Ladder (Outside "Under the Canopy" series w/ Turn Turn Turn) Mpls, MN 8/25-26/23: Outdoor Festival, Silver Bay, MN 9/23/23: 318 Cafe (Acoustic Show) Excelsior, MN
Daniel D. Murphy was a critical element in the formation of two favourite bands, Soul Asylum and Golden Smog, sharing the stage with fellow hitmakers Dave Pirner, Gary Louris, and Jeff Tweedy. After a career at the top, including the Grammy for "Runaway Train", and performing on the biggest stages around the world, Danny decided he was ready to leave the road, and in 2012, stepped aside. A chance meeting at a 2019 Holiday party with Minnesota yacht-rocker Jeff Arundel was the bait--JA had released 8 records of original songs, had toured extensively, and was also active as a producer of various artists, including Bryan White, Keri Noble, Billy McLaughlin, and Adrianne Lenker. And "the most unlikely mash-up in Minnesota Music History" was formed, and off to the races.