Direct Music from the Body
Repeating Frank began in February 2007 when four friends who had been playing together for ten years decided to take our music in a new direction. A combination of where our personal lives were at, the dark turn the world had taken, and the clean fresh sound of our new recording techniques inspired a more, well, frank approach; a direct, honest and straight-forward aesthetic, making music that was emotional, vulnerable and deeper than before.
We improvise all of our songs together live, on the spot and record them all straight, as they happen, in one take. This is just how it works for us (and pretty much all of our projects): We’ve tried replaying and learning our songs, but they always come out differently each time and don’t seem to have the same spark. They also don’t hold our interest like creating something raw every time does.
It’s also somewhat musically dangerous, which is why it doesn’t always work or hold together constantly, but having played together so long and having talents that lean that way, we’ve gotten pretty damn good at creating beautiful, meaningful songs on the fly (even if we do say so ourselves.) But seriously, check them out – we think we pull it off pretty well at least half the time.
We have all played together for a long time, in many different groups and projects (some going back over fifteen years) ranging from experimental electronic to dirty rock to stylistic parodies. Our main group together over this time has been Pete and Frank, which has a decidedly Ween influence and doesn’t take its subject matter too seriously (though like Ween it takes the music itself seriously.) And other than the short stint of The Dogwood Forest or the odd solo song, we had never been this far with our music – this epic or intense (though we still broke into a few Pete and Frank songs each session just to relieve the tension.)
The recordings were lost for that first Feb. jam, but we knew we were on to something. Starting again in March, we met once a month to jam and turn out an album each session. We’ve also been joined by our good friend Sean for the May and June sessions and can’t overstate his importance to those albums. We’re taking a break now, and hope you enjoy what we’ve come up with and the more direct personal approach.