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Who are the Hopefuls?

"The Hopefuls" are a diverse musical collective centered around four men - Erik Appelwick, Eric Fawcett, John Hermanson, and Darren Jackson - who at one time played in a band of the same name.

Working together and apart they formed Alva Star, Kid Dakota, Spymob, Storyhill, Tropical Depression, Vicious Vicious, Fort in the Forest, The Harvesters, Intl Falls, Monolux and Citrîne. Appelwick was also a member of mid-2000s indie darlings Tapes 'n Tapes. (Click on the linked names above to learn more about each artist.)

They were the subject of a 2018 book from McFarland and Company, The Hopefuls: Chasing a Rock 'n' Roll Dream in the Minnesota Music Scene, which won a certificate of merit in the 2019 ARSC Awards for Excellence.

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How'd the Hopefuls Lose Hope?: A Revised Interview

1994: Reno Meets Jay Krasnow

The Hopefuls: Two Years Later

Citrîne

A Book about The Hopefuls!

The Hopefuls: Chasing a Rock 'n' Roll Dream in the Minnesota Music Scene: Introduction

The Hopefuls

Alva Star

John Hermanson

Kid Dakota