The search for meaning and a period of self-discovery catalyzed Vancouver dream rock band FRANKIIE’s writing process a few years back, launching the band into a period of self- assertion. Years of touring and the pursuit of different projects have resulted in an act of unity, channeled through Forget Your Head, their forthcoming debut record, out September 20th on Paper Bag Records, which couples the vocal prowess of Feist with the bass-driven, intuitive playing of Warpaint.
Since releasing their debut EP, Girl of Infinity, in 2015, which established the group as deeply harmonious and gifted lyricists, FRANKIIE have grown through playing live globally and taking their writing in a new direction, embracing a nuanced sound which blends psych, alternative rock, and post-punk.
The four women have relished their opportunity to push themselves as artists, claiming their space on the international touring circuit. Most recently, FRANKIIE embarked on a May 2019 tour of the UK and Europe (including international showcase FOCUS Wales) in support of lead album single, “Dream Reader,” whose haunting melodies describe the emotional rebirth crucial to the making of Forget Your Head. Previous tours have taken the band from eastern Canada, as well as up and down the west coast through to Mexico.
“I think honestly what we’ve been doing is becoming better musicians,” reflects vocalist, keyboardist, and songwriter Nashlyn Lloyd. Vocalist, guitarist, and songwriter Francesca Carbonneau agrees, enthusing about the band’s ability to turn touring “into an adventure,” as they have steadily played increasingly larger stages. The band’s opening slot on celebrated UK group The Charlatans’ eastern North American tour in fall 2018 was a milestone, as they played their biggest stages in their continuing journey as best friends and collaborators.
Written over a period of two years, Forget Your Head took shape as the band engaged in writing sessions outside of the city, holing up in smaller locales, such as Nanaimo or Gibsons, to jam, before recording with Jason Corbett of ACTORS at his Jacknife Sound studio. Corbett played an integral role in fine tuning Forget Your Head, explains Carbonneau: “It’s great working with Jason because he’s always willing to work on an idea you might have and go back in and try things until it feels right. His patience and passion are a killer combo for a producer.”
“Funny Feelings” embraces the surf-rock sound the band found through exploring tone and working with new guitars and pedals, as the ominous yet playful track encourages the listener to “feel your intuition.” It’s lush, full band instrumentation recalls the group’s live show, where each player imbues the group with strength and the joy they find in performance.
One of the album’s standout tracks is “Compare,” stemming from Carbonneau’s experience of trawling deep through another’s social media. The track’s rollicking guitars and keys float along an invigorating bass line, giving structure to visions of “a sea of screens.” “We have become normalized to a world of voyeurism, but what we see is often just the projection of a life that isn’t even truly real,” she explains. “We can get lost in the illusion of beauty and success of others; of strangers, and in turn feel like our own life doesn’t measure up.”
It is self-identity which dominates Forget Your Head and has informed FRANKIIE’s approach to accepting change and continuing to grow as artists. “Everything is impermanent, nothing is forever, and so I think that’s a huge lesson in not trying to control everything,” asserts Carbonneau.
Forget Your Head marks the beginning of a new adventure for FRANKIIE, whose work ethic and commitment to their music has paved a bright future for the group. The women of FRANKIIE look forward to touring the world and gaining new audiences through connecting via the messages of self-love and discovery which their album harnesses.
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