Pre-order Frank and Earnest’s new CD Modern Country this week (9/1/14-9/6/14) and get it with free shipping, plus we’ll e-mail you an exclusive brand new bonus (bogus?) song by Frank and Earnest. Ships 9/8/14. The band has also set up a page for the new album on bandcamp and they’re doing ongoing pre-release publicity on facebook. Check out the Modern Country track “If You Wanted To” below! The release party is this Saturday, September 6th, at Mac’s Bar in Lansing!
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On Saturday September 6th, Frank and Earnest will be celebrating the release of a new full-length album called Modern Country with a show at Mac’s Bar in Lansing. The band has always had a self-deprecating attitude (the phrase “stupid guys” has been attached to many of their self-written bios) so don’t let the secret out that a lot of care and some struggles went into the making of this album. It’s been four years since the release of the last long-form product from these guys (2010’s Old Francis) and three since their last hard copy release (Funemployment, the 2011 7″ split with The Plurals) and the ensuing years have seen members start and end concurrent projects, personal relationships begin and end, marriages, children, and most dramatically, the departure (due to career changes and subsequent relocation) of band founder and guitarist-singer Otis, which came shortly after the tracking for this album had finished.
In the midst of all of this living, Frank and Earnest managed to put together a collection of songs that tackle many of these topics with lyrical themes questioning the damage that alcohol inflicts on the-not-as-young-as-they-used-to-be member’s lives, yearning for stronger personal bonds, and the general desire to want to do more with their time on earth. Don’t worry though, these frustrations aren’t merely wallowed in and Frank and Earnest never forget the importance of not taking themselves too seriously and the songs on Modern Country are hook-laden, catchy, punk-influenced pop/rock creations that are daring enough to bear the confessional lyrical influence more typical of singer-songwriter fare or, dare we say it, classic country music.
F+E 2014, photo by Corey Marie.
The album was recorded at Epiphany Sound in Dimondale, Michigan from the spring to the fall of 2013 with Isaac Vander Schuur behind the board for tracking and mixing. Rick Johnson mastered the album at Cold War Studios in Grand Rapids and the album features art from the ever-present artist/graphic designer Craig Horky. The show at Mac’s on September 6th is the first of many local and regional shows planned for the fall, which will be the most prominent burst of activity from these guys in a few years. Joining longtime members Ben Hassenger, Ryan Horky, and Paul Wittman at live shows these days in the guitar position is Tommy Plural, who has signed a legally-binding contract to not make this band any less stupid. Check out “Paul 5″ from Modern Country below, and keep up with the band’s pre-release activity on Facebook.
Midwest!! The Plurals and City Mouse are coming through!
8/4 Milwaukee, WI @ Ground Zero (all ages)
8/5 Madison, WI @ The Wisco
8/6 Minneapolis, MN @ The Hexagon w/ Nato Coles and the Blue Diamond Band
8/7 Iowa City, IA @ Public Space 1 w/ Rational Anthem
8/8 Normal, IL @ Firehouse Pizza
City Mouse continues the tour after this, hitting up the rest of the western US before looping back up to the northeast. Check out their full dates here.
Honah Lee are taking their gospel to the streets.
Our Montanan family at Minor Bird Records has an exclusive new edition of the Plurals / Black Sparrow Press 7-inch now available in their store. These copies are in a really sweet silk-screened cover and they also include an alternate insert with a lyric sheet. Very nifty! Get your copy from them here. These are limited to a run of 100 so get on it!
It’s the first of July, time for some education, care of the beautiful Jersey boys of Honah Lee.
This Saturday, June 28th we will be having a release party for the self-titled debut album by Michigan shoegaze/ indie/ beach-rock band Cave Needles. This band formed less than a year ago out of the ashes of various post-hardcore bands, the members itching to try something new. The result is a collection of concisely crafted, ethereal yet catchy songs that owe equal debts to classic garage rock, 1980s 4AD artists, and modern spacey luminaries like Real Estate and Wild Nothing. The CD and digital versions of this album are being released by GTG, with the vinyl coming from Warm Ratio / Disposable America and the cassette being released via RTA Art Collective. We’re very excited to be working with so many great people with this release!
Pre-order the album now! Orders placed this week ship free (ships next week).
The release party is Saturday June 28th at the Avenue Cafe in Lansing, MI. For the party we managed to pull Lansing space-rock legends (and future GTG artists? wha?) Calliope out of their basement and we will also be hosting fellow Warm Ratio artists Sapphic. RSVP via the facebook here if that’s your thing.