Imagine John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr had their solo careers in the '70s, and then got together to form the Beatles. Olympic Hopefuls were the Minneapolis indie rock version of that. Their damaged power pop anthems took Minneapolis by storm in 2004 and 2005.
Arising from Erik Appelwick and Darren Jackson's feverish melodic minds, the band began in 2000 as a scrappy quartet called Camaro. They reconfigured a couple of years later, adding John Hermanson (keys, vocals), Heath Henjum (bass), and Matt O'Laughlin (drums). Eventually, former Spymob drummer Eric Fawcett replaced O'Laughlin.
A run-in with the United States Olympic Committee led to the band becoming The Hopefuls in 2006.