The Hope Trust is the working moniker of Kelly Upshaw and the band that plays with him, a singer-songwriter from Denton, Texas. The band consists of Andy Odom (bass), Winston Chapman (drums), Jeremy Buller (guitar, keyboards), Michael Upshaw (guitars, keyboards, background vocals), and Kelly Upshaw (guitar, keyboards, vocals).
Kelly is formerly the drummer of The Lonelies, a band with The Hope Trust’s bass player Andy Odom, and critically acclaimed songwriter Doug Burr.
The Hope Trust draws influence from it’s members’ southern upbringing, American Country and Gospel, and more modern influences such as Neil Finn, and Wilco.
“The Incurable Want” was recorded in a solitary month, locked away in Winston Chapman’s house in Denton, TX. Finishing touches such as piano and pedal steel were added in Brooklyn, NY, where Kelly was living during the making of the record. The record includes a handful of special guest performances, such as the drums on the opening track “Break You Down,” played by Andy Young (formerly of Lift to Experience). The lead guitar track on “Don’t Want to Fight” was performed by Eric Nichelson of the internationally successful band Midlake. Pedal Steel was played by Bob Hoffnar, who is a bit of a New York regular, having played with Cindi Lauper and Ryan Adams.
“The Incurable Want” is an incredibly special record, with songs that will not only get stuck in your head, but it will break your heart and make you feel better all at once.
The Hope Trust, The Incurable Want:
Denton singer/songwriter Kelly Upshaw, who fronts the quintet, scores a direct hit with this phenomenal set of tunes. These 11 exquisite songs are a little bit Wilco, a little bit Pernice Brothers-in-church and wholly brilliant -- just try picking a favorite track. Another killer and one more of the best North Texas records I've heard this year.
Preston Jones - Ft. Worth Star-Telegram
"The Hope Trust is Denton, Texas' Kelly Upshaw, and he's hit my musical sweet spot here with a mix of pop and Americana. His MySpace likens his sound to a mix of Neil Finn and Wilco, and it also reminds me of personal favorites like The Latebirds and Additional Moog.
There are highlights aplenty. "Break You Down", with its melodic mid-tempo sound buttressed by a tasteful pedal steel, could have fit right in on Bob Evans' Suburban Songbook; "Run It Through" and "Two In The Bush" bring to mind Joe Pernice's earlier days in the Scud Mountain Boys and his Big Tobacco solo disc (in fact, Upshaw sounds like a huskier-voiced Pernice). Meanwhile, "OK, Alright" is where he leans to the Neal Finn side of his sound, if Finn used pedal steel in his songs, and "Parting Shot" is where the Wilco comes in, at least the Wilco of the Summerteeth era, and "Don't Want to Fight" is straight ahead roots-influenced rock in a Wallflowers/Minibar vein.
This is high-quality stuff, and if your musical tastes run in this area, The Incurable Want is (to coin a phrase) extremely highly recommended."
- Absolute Powerpop
THE INCURABLE WANT- (SELF-RELEASED)- At first their emo-ish name turned me off a bit (sounds like it would be the name of a Death Cab for Cutie b-side) but a positive review on the Not Lame site had me curious and when I finally listened to it I had my proverbial socks knocked off. The band is actually a gent by the name of Kelly Upshaw who hails from Denton ,Texas.
Denton is a town I have never been to (ok, I’ve never been to Texas period) but seems to have an inordinate amount of good bands that hail from it and this band has to be near the top of the heap. They (he) do a fine mix of jangly pop with some Americana influences, ala Joe Pernice (actually they sound to me to be right in the middle of where the Scud Mountain Boys meet the Pernice Brothers) while Upshaw’s vocals occasionally remind me of David Lowery (especially on the superb “Run Through It”). “Ok Alright” is a supreme downer in the best way possible and “Parting Shot” has some of those big hooks that the Old 97’s used to employ. Admittedly the 2nd half of the disc could use a few more upbeat tunes but I’m not complaining too much as the songwriting is so strong. Hey Kelly, give us more.