This Frontier Needs Heroes

This Frontier Needs Heroes

 
Jacksonville, Florida, USA
BandAlternativeFolk

This Frontier Needs Heroes is a Folk-Rock duo of brother-sister Brad and Jessica Lauretti.

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Biography

This Frontier Needs Heroes have spent the past 5 years playing shows all over the world. Just Brad and Jessica with a guitar and a tambourine, and their voices, logging thousands of miles in their car, touring the greatest cities of North America and Europe, selling one record at a time, making one fan at a time. This determination and DIY ethos brought them on an epic journey around the world, playing in clubs, houses, and festival stages.

After two successful albums under their belt in which they explored their stripped down alternative folk arrangements, This Frontier Needs Heroes decided to try something different. The name of the band, a reference to Woody Guthries famous WWII-era guitar graffiti This Machine Kills Fascists didnt just apply to its core members Brad and Jessica Lauretti, but its also an invitation for everyone to become a hero in their own right.

Their new album Hooky, recorded in the summer of 2012 on 2 inch analog tape at Dr. Dogs studio in Philadelphia with the help of Loveland Recordings Nathan Sabatino, was made with the contribution of a full band, making Hooky their most richly realized and, yes, hookiest album to date.

Brad and Jessicas harmonies and vocal interplay, a key ingredient in their sound, are preserved, but the inclusion of additional band members including players from ODeaths David Rogers-Berry (drums) and Robert Pycior (violin), The Blank Tapes Matt Adams (electric guitar), Golden Boots Nathan Sabatino (organ), bassist Turner Stough and sitarist Arvid Smith brings a breadth and depth to their already rich and elaborate sound.

Just adding more members wasnt the only change for the band. They experienced a change in geography, with Brad leaving Brooklyn and moving to Jacksonville, FL to work at a music venue while Jessica stayed in Brooklyn to focus on film/video projects. The change in latitude provided some challenges, but also a lot of new opportunities. While living in cities 1,000 miles away, they both did their final overdubs remotely, and would email and layer their individual tracks. That technique creates the albums hazy and reverent beauty which is an integral part of its aesthetic.

That sound fits well with the lyrical content that conjures a range of images- sandy beaches, warm afternoons spent on the family farm, and varying conundrums of human culture. TFNHs songs are both whimsical and heartfelt, reflective and uplifting. Even as the bands sound has grown, their core of vivid, memorable and authentic songwriting has remained.

Lead track Hooky acts as a double entendre, touching in its swinging, catchy melody and a critique of those leading an inauthentic life theyre playing hooky on themselves by not doing what they are meant to do. "George Clooney is a charmingly plainspoken ballad about the ubiquity of loneliness and the attendant desire for escapism, but the necessity to resist. It was inspired by reading an article about how George Clooney was arrested for standing up for what he believes in. The pondering strings of Down on the Farm help spin a narrative that grieves for the ghosts of a bygone era while searching for a lifetime love in the present. Its Over Now mourns for a broken relationship, over staccato drums while finding a surprisingly natural place for sitar in a folk composition.

On Now Is the Time, the heroes take a cheerfully Neitzschean outlook on life, singing When she wakes up / I pray to a god I know is not above me / When she wakes up / I pray to a god I know is now within me / For now is the time. Lonely Swedish Girl finds the narrator yearning for a love whos simply too far away to reach literally. On Sometimes Things Just Dont Work Out, the universal experience of mourning a relationship is related in clear harmony with unexpected phrasing and musical composition. But the sadness is swept away on foot-stomping closer Shes Gonna Be a Lot of Trouble. Sure, we know he may wind up exactly where the previous song left off, but as he sings, who would I rather get it from than her?

Hooky evokes the full complexity of the human experience while it shines and shimmers like the sun off of those end of summer waves.

Lyrics

Firefly

Written By: Brad Lauretti

How do I get this hatred out of my heart?
How do I get this madness out of my mind?
In time we will get it done
In time it will feel as if we won!

How do I get this sadness out of my soul?
How do I build a friendship out of this hole?
I know that it’s getting late
I know that everything you said is really great

I can see the firefly tonight
I’m not gonna sit here and tell you that I’m right
I know only how I feel
I know that what I think I think is really real

How do I get this hatred out of my heart?
How do I get this madness out of my mind?
In time we will get it done
In time you know we had just begun

Leopard Eyes

Written By: Brad Lauretti

I can hear the whippoorwill
Who is going to pay my bills?
Do I know what I am doing?
Or AM I headed for my ruin?

Leopard Eyes they are smiling
Do you think that I am lying?
All caught up in emotion
Who is gonna drink my potion

A black bear somewhere in the forest
Blackberries they are lost
I think its time that I go forage
Cause I am sick of eating porage

Leopard Eyes they are crying
Do you think that I am lying
All caught up in emotion
Who is gonna drink my potion

A somber halo surrounds the moon
Does this sympathize our doom
All caught up in paranoia
I don’t really need to bore you

Leopard Eyes they are smiling
Do you think that I am lying
All caught up in emotion
Who is gonna drink my potion

No More War

Written By: Brad Lauretti

Well some say if you don’t like it
That you better leave
But I for one would like to
live somewhere in peace
but where on earth could I go
If I want to love
No place in particular
Just somewhere where I can grow

Cause I don’t want to fight no more
I don’t want to fight no war no more
I don’t want to fight no more

I have never fought for anything in my life
And that’s the way I like it
Cause people aren’t supposed to fight
But now that I have to
I will never quit
Because for some reason
I think we all should exist

I don’t want to fight no more
I don’t want to fight no war no more
I don’t want to fight no more

I know what you’re thinking
How could this be true?
What makes me a hero?
When I’m just like you

I don’t want to fight no more
I don’t want to fight no war no more
I don’t want to fight no more

My Way or the Highway

Written By: Brad Lauretti

Why do I have to learn the hard way?
Why do I have to do it my way?

Something’s gonna strike you down
Something’s gonna strike you down
Something’s gonna make you feel like you have a frown

I think I probably told this joke before
If I get out of this alive I won’t do it anymore
Cause being good is just something that I want to do
And being good is just something that always pulls me through

Why do I have to learn the hard way?
Why do I have to do it my way?

Something’s gonna strike you down
Something’s gonna turn you around
Something’s gonna make you feel like everyone’s around

Just Because

Written By: Brad Lauretti

I was playing on the beach waiting for a wave
Trying to figure out just how they could be saved
The ocean is so close to me but yet so far away
Is it just the giver of life or a watery grave?

I was sleeping on the couch watching the TV
My friends were all sitting around laughing at me
The scariest thing I ever saw a floating factory that
Harpooned and canned a whale while I could hardly breathe

Just Because you don't think it's gonna affect you
Doesn't mean that it won't or that its going too.
Someday the whales will stop to sing and then what will we do?
I know i'm just one voice, but I know its true.

I was floating on a boat sailing towards a star
Thinking about you all the time wondering where you are
The prettiest thing I ever saw smiling back at me
While we were just swimming around living wild and free

There comes a time in all our lives when we must make it right
There isn't any time for games or curling up with fright
I don't want to hear no or maybe or even that you might
Even if all our problems seem so out of sight.

Just Because you don't think it's gonna affect you
Doesn't mean that it won't or that its going too.
Someday the whales will stop to sing and then what will we do?
I know i'm just one voice, but I know its true.

Discography

Hooky (2013)
"2012" Single (2012)
The Future (2011)
"Just Because" Single (2010)
This Frontier Needs Heroes (2009)

Other Heroic Projects:

The Frontiersmen (2006)
The Mountain Men (2004)
The Pony Express (2001)

Set List

The Secret Book
Space Baby
Don't Treat Me Like a Dog
Just Because
No More War
Long Gone
Reckless Girl
No Need to Sleep

A typical set is 40 minutes, but we can play longer.