"Imagination is more important than knowledge." The Frail, San Francisco, California, United State
The Frail is Poised to Receive International Recognition With Their Second EP, The Firefly
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"Imagination is more important than knowledge." The Frail, San Francisco, California, United State
The Frail is Poised to Receive International Recognition With Their Second EP, The Firefly
San Francisco duo The Frail prides itself on the unique nature of its inception. Daniel Lannon and Kevin Durr started e-mailing each other about music, life and the pursuit of dreams. Before long they were e-mailing each other their original music, listening, critiquing, and sharing their mutual passion for music. They realized they had several common bonds, including their both being influenced by The Faint and Thom Yorke. It was if they had grown up in the same hometown, played in bands all through high school and college and now were on route to international stardom after years of trials and tribulations and hundreds of gigs at the local clubs. Not the case. In fact, The Frail is virtually brand new. Formed in early 2007, they became a team and have been working non-stop to make up for lost time. The Frail creates sensual, vulnerable and provocative electronic pop music that has the potential to appeal to many generations. With vocalist Lannon's (former lead singer of The Faraday Effect) smooth, stylishly sincere, warm falsetto vocals, and co-writing, guitar and production efforts of Durr, this duo has the potential to be what the Eurythmics were to the eighties.
Their debut four song EP Count On This, on Tricycle Records, has been extremely well received since its release in May of 2007. The featured track Count on This has made it to the top of Live 105's sound check radio charts, and the tune went to #12 on 88.3 The Jam in the Philippines (charting higher than Avril Lavigne and Green Day). They also received the prestigious viewer’s choice award sponsored by Red Bull for Owl Magazine’s, Video Makes The Radio Star contest.
For the past year and a half, The Frail has been determined to spread their music to new audiences through the internet as well as through live performances. They have been a favorite at top San Francisco hubs like Bottom of the Hill, The Independent, 330 Ritch, The Rickshaw Stop, Club Vessel and 1015 Folsom. They are all about big shows and big audiences. Mixing programmed samples and visuals with the band’s live on-stage performance, they are able to play the intricately produced and layered recordings on stage and feel they are not leaving anything out.
The additional band members, from France, Sebastien Poux, drums and samples, San Jose’s Waide Hicks, bass and synth, and Denver’s Kevin Moxcey, guitars and synth, were all part of another popular local band, Good Luck At the Gun Fight. After they broke up, they were asked to join The Frail for a few shows and they are now officially part of The Frail. Original member Durr landed in San Francisco via Seattle leaving Lannon as the only member born and raised in San Francisco. The new members will also be involved with the writing on forthcoming releases. Lannon and Durr had been looking for the right players since they began and now with all the new synergy in place, the band is starting to sell out shows. They have had the great honor of sharing the stage with international bands such as Justice, Goldfrapp, Hot Chip, The DoDo's, The Foals, Sugarcult, Scissors For Lefty, Hollywood Undead, The Teenagers, and TV On The Radio. They are also inviting re-mixers such as After Midnight and The Toxic Avenger to begin interpreting their songs from their next EP release, titled The Firefly. The remixes are already posted on the band’s site www.myspace.com/thefrailsf ahead of the CD’s release and that strategy is proving to be a wise one with their myspace “plays today” going as high as 3,024 a day.
Lannon exclaims, “It is really important for Kevin and me to keep writing, producing and releasing as we go, and getting the new music out there as we conceive it. We decided we don’t want to wait until we have twelve completed new songs before we release a new body of work. As soon as we are both satisfied with the composing, the structure and the production of say four or five of our new songs, we want the world to hear them. At this crucial time of our partnership, we don’t see the value in waiting and saving them…and besides, our fans are contacting us 24/7 wanting to hear new music. We are keeping up the demand for them! It’s beyond exciting to know that people are getting our music, enjoying it and at the same time telling us…WE want more FRAIL! And WE want it NOW!”
Currently, the band’s manager Joe Scrocca is having serious discussions with several very interested record labels that have been watching the band, and that are eager to hear The Firefly. There are also plans for The Frail to be performing at SXSW in 2009 as well as next year’s Sundance Film Festival.
Featured tracks on The Firefly EP: Count on This; Addicted; Apollo; Seconds; Firefl
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"Multifaceted while still remaining balanced with the touches of nasally falsetto vocals, monotone melodies, and edgy beats." -Plug I
"The Count On This EP, is full of big electronic beats mixed with indie rock sensibilities, tipping their caps to HOT CHIP at times, then to DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE at others." Future Sound
"Hypnotic synths, breathy and falsetto vocals, crisp drums and pulsating bass pierced through the fog to create both a wistful soundscape like that of The Postal Service, and a heavier, more volatile design like that of The Faint." -Performer Magazin
"The Frail has already become an addiction for me." Elise Nordling / SOMA F
"I can imagine this music having a wider appeal." -The Beat Surrende
The Frail's Demo EP "Count on This" was released on May 25th and is now available through the Tricycle catalog ::::::::::::::::::
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Remix Magazine by Remix Mag Treasure Island, how are you? What a fucking beautiful day,” said Will Sheff, frontman for the Austin, Tex.-based indie-rock band Okkervil River, from the stage. Indeed, Saturday and Sunday,...
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Album reviews: Tankfarm Future Sounds 28, by Various Artists
by Susan Frances
Tankfarm Future Sounds #28 includes:
Dirty Little Secret
The Midnight Hours
The Mint Chicks
Tankfarm Future Sounds 28th compilation disc centers around 60s pop revivalists. The focal point of this installment is bands who have revamped the rock grooves of T. Rex, the melodic trickles of The Beatles, and the baroque pop cascades of The Yardbirds. Again, Tankfarm Future Sounds covers an international scope of artists in this installment with Perth, Australia's Snowman and Skive, Denmark's Dune. Some of the highlights include the UK's solo artist Jamie T. whose song "Salvador" is a lively rhythmic rumpus of tribal hooks and dynamic whorls, the jangly beats of Houston, Texas' The Midnight Hours whose track "Lay It Down" has a retro rock crispness relatable to early Rolling Stones, and Denmark's Dune whose tune "No Speed" starts off with a prologue spoken in Dutch and melodics with baroque pop swells.
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The retro rock intonations of Snowman's "You Are A Casino" have melodic grooves reflective of T. Rex, and the 60s pop stylized psychedelics of Canada's solo artist Vivek Shraya's "Fevered" have emissions liken to The Beatles. The rambling vocals and chillout rhythms of Los Angeles' Dirty Little Secret have a resemblance of The Yardbirds. The indie rock filaments on New York City's White Rabbits number "The Plot" has a Humble Pie crystallization as San Francisco's Magic Bullets tune "Heatstroke" has a mellow indie pop prose and spirited vocals liken to Paul Revere And The Raiders. The retro rock thrusts of Huntington Beach's Venus Infers contrasts the romantic feel of The Mint Chicks and the introspective looms of Athens, Georgia The Whigs. The digital beats and synth pop bedding of San Francisco's The Frail takes the compilation outside of the theme of 60s pop revivalism but still aligns the music with an indie pop regiment.
Tankfarm Future Sounds #28 provides a good overview of what is being made in the indie rock underground. Its middle of the road and a lot of the music is reflective of 60s pop. It makes a statement that the public has a deep attachment to The Beatles and T. Rex and those bands in the underground feel that more of this is what they want to make.
Remix Magazine by Remix Mag Treasure Island, how are you? What a fucking beautiful day,” said Will Sheff, frontman for the Austin, Tex.-based indie-rock band Okkervil River, from the stage. Indeed, Saturday and Sunday, September 20-21, were sunny and slightly breezy days perfect for the second annual Treasure Island Music Festival.
The festival unfurled along a small stretch of land on San Francisco's Treasure Island, and with a cumulative attendance of 18,500, it was a relatively modest affair in comparison to mega-festivals such as Coachella. There were two stages — a large “Bridge” stage and a small “Tunnel” stage — with a band playing on one stage after a band on the other had finished. The intimate setup allowed people to hear music throughout the day no matter where they played in the park.
Local bands opened both days, with the melodic and atmospheric Loquat and dance-rock combo The Frail turning in particularly strong sets on Saturday. Day one also boasted out-of-town bands such as Nortec Collective's Bostich & Fussible (who brought out a full Mexican banda to complement their glitch-downtempo), Hot Chip (whose jittery pop songs were a festival highlight) and Antibalas (who mixed Afrobeat funk with a full-throated call to indict the Bush administration).
The crowd seemed restless by day's end, however, often wandering around the site's plethora of food booths instead of appreciating the bands. CSS, who had the misfortune of playing on the Tunnel stage right before Justice, lost some of its audience as everyone made their way to the Bridge stage to get a good spot for the French electro giants. The night's headliners stood atop several giant stacks of Marshall amplifiers amidst a lighting system that bathed them in stark black and white colors, and flipped feedback-drenched versions of “Phantom” and “D.A.N.C.E.” They transformed the site into a minirave — at least for those who weren't too worn out from the day's events.
With its focus on indie-rock, day two was more leisurely, as sets from Fleet Foxes, The Dodos and Vampire Weekend accentuated the day's cool, lovely atmosphere. The audience seemed more patient, too, waiting as gospel-rock heroes Spiritualized worked through sound problems to build to a rapturous finale in its half-hour set. In fact, most of the bands seemed inundated by technical issues: Tegan & Sara's lighting system went out completely for several moments while the two sisters worked through emotive pop-rock numbers such as “Back in Your Head.” In a stark contrast to the night before, the crowd cheered and formed impromptu dance circles for Tunnel stage performers The Kills before making their way to the Bridge stage for a big finale with The Raconteurs.
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Less substantive than The Faint and not quite tormented enough to fill that Postal Service-shaped hole, The Frail's Count On This EP satisfies nevertheless. It's music to fix your hair to: just the sugary sweet electronic goodness you were looking for during those less-than-epic moments. Head-bobbing and foot-tapping will be unavoidable. Summed up adequately with the word "flirtatious," The Frail have created an upbeat coquette of an EP that's rather pretty. Maybe not beautiful, but pretty.
Performer Magazine (live review #1) by Performer Magazine It's a rare and exciting thing to see a band play its first show â€” especially when that band shows as much promise as The Frail. And at the Tricycle Records Showcase, promise was in the air as three dynamic bands put on a well-rounded show, hinting at great things to come for the relatively new local label.
Surprisingly cohesive for their audience debut, The Frail's performance hinted that bigger stages weren't far off. The band's dark and dancey electro sound could easily land them a spot opening for Bloc Party or Hot Hot Heat. Lights and smoke did help to create such an impression, but even without the showiness, their set was anything but frail. Hypnotic synths, breathy and falsetto vocals, crisp drums and pulsating bass pierced through the fog to create both a wistful soundscape like that of The Postal Service, and a heavier, more volatile design like that of The Faint. Once The Frail hones its stage presence and gets more comfortable in front of a crowd, everything will be golden; and until then, the slight awkwardness is endearing.
In sharp contrast to The Frail's guitar-free set, The Blacks were all about revving it up. Along with punk-style drums, ferocious tambourine, and distorted vocals, this three-piece put on a fierce show and held Bottom of the Hill completely entranced with their tenacious garage sound. The Blacks' leading lady, Luisa Black, furrowed her brow and growled through her teeth and her guitar, the reverb on her mic lending a Rid of Me-era PJ Harvey effect to her vocal delivery. All the while, a crazed JDK Blacker shook and slapped his tambourine in true Pentecostal spirit. The Blacks' stage presence was undeniable â€” in fact, they owned the stage. A certain Black Christopher joined the band on sax for the group's final number, a zealous cover of Romeo Void's "Never Say Never," adding depth to the salacious song and intrigue to the band's standard framework.
Rounding out the night with a melodic post-punk temperament, If Nobody Knew took its set to new heights. Pained and gorgeous, the band's sound was alternatingly swelling and holting, heralded by Brandon Burkart's falsetto and punctuated by swirling keys and textural nuances. Without the bounce of The Frail or the grit of The Blacks, If Nobody Knew stuck to a more anthemic chord, ultimately climaxing with "Blonde Scrapings.
All in all it was a tremendous night for Tricycle Records, and an even better night for those in attendance fans of one band left with two new favorites.
Performer Magazine by Performer Magazine Opening Day One was the winner of imeem’s Mutiny and Mayhem competition, San Francisco’s very own The Frail. Kicking off its early set with “Addicted,” the energetic dance-rock quartet put on a strong performance that included songs off its new Firefly EP. Soon after, the crowd migrated to the Bridge Stage for Loquat, another SF mainstay. With an ethereal performance full of chimes and harmonious vocals, Loquat contrasted the rampant energy of the previous band with songs from its latest, Secrets of the Sea.
Trash Menagerie Blog by Trash Menagerie Spring has definitely sprung! It’s the time when everyone is hard at work on their summer track. Creating that one huge, memorable tune that gets banged out when everyone’s a sweaty mess… Hopefully that means it’s stuck in our heads! S.F. duo The Frail are right on time with the latest remix of “Addiction“, chopped by L.A.’s After Midnight – DJ Farron and partner Philthy B, formerly of Villains.
As mentioned previously in April, the S.F. duo have been preparing to get their time on the floor. With remixes by our favorite Avenger and DoBERMAN, building up the momentum, After Midnight’s remix of “Addiction”, just might be The Frail’s summer banger!!!! Look for the next remix which was due to be out from Le Raided.
Stay posted for The Frail’s East coast tour coming soon to a fine city near you and After Midnight playing continuous Hollywood dates.
Disco Dust Review by Disco Dust after midnight are philthy b. (former villains member) and dj farron from la. think chuck norris meets prince, as in the coolest mother-fucker meets the baddest mother-fucker. they have experience in all of la/hollywood's hottest clubs and are currently trail-blazing the rich la electro-based scene with intentions of hitting the top without ever looking back. check out their heavily banging remix of 'addiction' by the frail from sf, another premiere on discodust:
the frail - addiction (after midnight remix)
show after midnight and the frail some myspace love! (and if you've got the feeling that this entry is a bit rushed and is very similar to the official after midnight press info, you're right, but that's just because i am already late for a date and did not want to leave you hanging without this killer track! yeah, making girls mad at me 'cause i love my readers, that's me!)
The Beat Surrender by The Beat Surrender
The Frail - Count On This EP
The Frail are an American band from San Francisco comprising of Daniel Lannon on vox/keys and Kevin Durr on keys/sampling.
Style is electronica but I was pleasantly surprised as the music was happily lacking in that horrible incessant beat you often find and had pretty good vocals. Because of this, I can imagine this music having a wider appeal.
First track was Count On This, which the band seems pretty keen to promote so I am guessing, is or was a single release. Ok to listen to and even quite dance driven, would also go down ok on the radio too. Addicted was the next track, while similar was more dance in style. The third track was called Who Am I, this was just a little too slow for me and while quite easy to listen to wasn’t in the same class as the earlier tracks.
Noise Pop by Noise Pop San Francisco duo The Frail originally got their start much like the Postal Service, cited as one of their influences, sending eachother's songs over the internet and inevitably combining their efforts to create The Frail. Drawing from such influences as The Faint and Thom Yorke, The Frail create indie electronica characterized by vocalist Daniel Lannon's smooth falsetto vocals. Pulling from multiple genres, The Frail recently released their debut EP Count on This now available through Tricycle Records.
Orca Sound by Orca Sound To categorize The Frail as an electronica act would be selling them short. The San Francisco area band combines elements of pop and indie rock with electronic beats to create their multi-layered sound. Though they do use electronic beats they do not beat a dead horse by using the same beats over and over. What also struck me was the very 80s British sound of vocalist Daniel Lannon; he sounds more English than many bands from the U.K. Due to the less repetitive nature of the music and the use of vocals this EP should appeal to fans outside of the electronica realm.
LaLaFabulous Blog by LALAFABULOUS It only took me ten seconds to fall in love with San Francisco based band The Frail. The exact ten seconds in case you were wondering were the beginning of Count on This...I think you'll love The Frail too because they make absolutely gorgeous music in the electronic vein of the Postal Service with songs like Count on This and Floated away that Seth Cohen would totally use to show his love for Summer..Maybe in a John Cusak in Say Anything holding the giant boom box above his head kind of way..sorry I'm getting carried away...If that's not enough to make you buy their E.P. then I'm sure the blatantly sexed up Addiction is...thats all oh and good morning kisses Audrey