Local indie rock band Hope & Therapy
ALTON — Some married couples spend their evenings doing dishes, arguing over bills and picking outfits for work the next day.
For Drew and Hope Mader, it’s not unusual for those evenings to be spent together onstage.
“It’s really cool to be able to have someone there that’s supportive and fits you creatively,” Hope says.
Hope, along with Drew and friend and collaborator Dan Deck (all Alton High School alumni) make up the local indie rock band Hope & Therapy. Hope and Drew are out promoting the release of the band’s sophomore album, “Webs,” along with their upcoming show at 300 State in Alton.
The husband and wife team have been playing music together since they first met in 2004.
“We didn’t know each other too well in high school but were in the same music scene,” Hope says. “We met late one night after I came back from college in 2004, and went back to my place and started playing music together.
Regarding their high school interaction, Drew describes Hope as the “older, mysterious girl I thought was really cute.”
“I had been writing songs, seriously, since I was about 15,” Hope recounts. “Drew encouraged me to play him some of my music. We brought Dan in and kind of started off with Drew and Dan being my backing band.”
In 2010, the band released its first album, “Heavy Dose.” Over the next few years, they toured throughout the Midwest, winding down in 2012.
“We started writing a little bit more in 2012 and putting together what would eventually be ‘Webs,’” Hope says.
The couple agrees “life sometimes happens,” including the birth of their first child, which contributed to the six-year gap between “Heavy Dose” and “Webs.”
“Three people with separate schedules ... all of the sudden it’s six years later,” Hope says, laughing.
“In Alton, I think we sort of took people by surprise,” Drew says. “Hope had never really played in a live setting like that before. Dan and I come from a punk rock, hard rock background. I think people sort of appreciated it as a breath of fresh air.”
Now, with the release of “Webs,” Drew says the band has its foothold in a more “electro, indie-rock” sound.
The band plans to play a variety of local shows, including a hometown set at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 5, at 300 State Street in Alton.
“We’re pretty much booked up through May,” Hope says.
For Hope and Drew, the creative and family lives seem to have found the perfect balance.
“You can’t escape it,” Hope says. “It’s great to have him 24/7, where we can bounce ideas off of each other.”
The new release can be purchased or streamed at www.hopeandtherapy.bandcamp.com. For information on upcoming shows, visit www.facebook.com/events/184872795213790/ or the band’s official Facebook page at www.facebook.com/hopeandtherapy.
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