If the Avett Brothers had a sister who was into PJ Harvey, they might sound like The Picture and the Frame. With a couple of song-writers from the South and a drummer from Seattle, all coming of age in the 90s, the family dynamic makes sense. This earnest indie outfit straddles the folksy yearning of Lucinda Williams and the energy of the Black Keys, if they were hanging out with "Exile in Guyville"-era Liz Phair.
"Reverb and Gin," ( with Local Natives' producer Raymond Richards) represents the combined song writing efforts of singer/bassist Rose Shawhan and guitarist Rickett Baker, with Mark Howell's drumming as a percussive anchor. It may be the fledgling band's first album, but there's a lot of pain evinced in their music that shows these folks have been around the block a few times already. Though they write primarily about their frustrated love lives, the songs are surprisingly upbeat. Snappy Americana tunes "Aw Hell," "Are You Really Gonna Be Mine," and "Crime" handle breakups, flirtation, and mixed signals with a potent blend of piss and vinegar. Retro jam, "Love Buzz," may be about disappointment, but it wouldn't be out of place at a 1965 senior prom . Eventually they reach a dark place with the melancholy "Wild as the Storm," but the rest of the album rocks the pain away, taking a tender detour with folkie ballad "Lost in Orbit." The first song, "Okay," sums up the prevailing sentiment: "Things have been better/I've seen better days/ But...Everything's gonna be okay."
Though musically it borrows from past eras, "Reverb and Gin" is a thoroughly modern take on romance with the insight of both male and female perspectives. It reflects the delusions, disillusions, and dissolutions of contemporary relationships, and shines a light on the difficulty of truly falling in love in a city, but with the hope that maybe it'll all work out.
Rose Shawhan - Vocals, Bass
Rickett Baker - Vocals, Guitar
Mark Howell - Drums
Reverb and Gin (Album), Sounds Like Sex (EP), Cash Crop (Single), In The Spirit (Single)
Their Music can be found on Spotify, and is available for download from iTunes and Amazon.com.
Video: The Picture and the Frame, ‘Okay’
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Ready for a cool dip in the pool? The Picture and the Frame has you covered in their new video for t...Ready for a cool dip in the pool? The Picture and the Frame has you covered in their new video for the single “Okay” [which we fell for back in December]. On their new album “Reverb and Gin” (why is it we love that title?), the L.A. trio of singer-bassist Rose Shawhan, guitarist Rickett Baker and drummer Mark Howell sip the tonic of loves lost, found and simply obsessed over, with Shawhan’s a-little-bit-Natalie Merchant vocals steering their bluesy Americana toward a generally optimistic place. “Reverb and Gin” was recorded with Raymond Richards (Local Natives, among many others) and whether Shawhan is lamenting “This Too Shall Pass” or declaring “Can’t kill my love buzz” in the retro-sounding jaunt “Love Buzz,” the Picture and the Frame have done a nifty job of outlining affairs of the heart.
Ears Wide Open: The Picture and the Frame
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The sprightly Americana of The Picture and the Frame is the brainchild of singer-bassist Rose Shawha...The sprightly Americana of The Picture and the Frame is the brainchild of singer-bassist Rose Shawhan, singer-guitarist Rickett Baker and drummer Mark Howell — three transplants who’ve fit in well with the L.A.’s urban folkies. The trio’s twang comes with a dash of ’90s alt-rock edge. Late last year, they released the suggestively titled “Sounds Like Sex” EP and then found their single “Cash Crop”used on television. The band’s forthcoming full-length is being made with producer Raymond Richards (Local Natives, et al), and the single “Okay” indicates that it’s off to a better-than-OK start.
Video Free Silver Lake: Christmas Spectacular
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The Picture and The Frame boldy filmed a cheery music video for "In the Spirit" wearing on...The Picture and The Frame boldy filmed a cheery music video for "In the Spirit" wearing only their bathing suits (and threatening to put Cinnamon on Everything and leave their Christmas tree up until Epiphany). This is a surprisingly quality "new" Christmas song.
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