Francis Kim

Francis Kim

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An intelligent and oddly natural blend of wit and wistfulness.

Biography

The Francis Kim Band is a Boston-based original rock quartet. Influenced by artists such as the Beatles, the Beautiful South, Elvis Costello, Aimee Mann, and Liz Phair, The Francis Kim Band’s music can be described as thoughtful pop or tuneful rock, a less Gen-Y John Mayer, a less neurotic Magnetic Fields. Their songs have a strong, striking sense of melody, ranging from the simple to the dissonant. Their lyrics are intelligent without being pretentious, irreverent without being juvenile, heartfelt without being melodramatic. Steve Gisselbrecht of The Noise Boston writes, “...he’s got a huge voice, and he uses it really well... Genuine talent.” Chicago songwriter Zach Phillips writes, “... intelligent rock music with catchy, sophisticated melodies... Francis's songwriting remains consistently strong, sometimes edgy, and always clever.” Nationally renowned acoustic rock artist Melissa Ferrick simply states, “F---ing great. F---ing awesome music.”

In February of 2005, the Francis Kim Band released their sophomore EP, Nobody Loves You. An intelligent and oddly natural blend of wit and wistfulness, Nobody Loves You leaves you laughing in the dark. Musically, the EP is one melodic hook after another. Under the direction of producer Matthew Ellard, the ears behind Weezer, Elliot Smith, and Tonya Donnelly, the band recorded Nobody Loves You at Q-Division Studios, home to Aimee Mann, the Mighty, Mighty Bosstones, Morphine, and Franz Ferdinand. Nelson Wong, founder of AARising, gives Nobody Loves You a Four-Star rating, commenting, “Smooth, sometimes mellow, but always expressive... Great.”

The Francis Kim Band has performed throughout the Northeast and Midwest at venues such as the Bitter End, Club Passim, the Somerville Theater, the Middle East, and the Lion’s Den as well as a number of campuses including Harvard, MIT, Wellesley, Tufts, Oberlin, Northwestern, and Northern Illinois. They have been featured in Skope Magazine and The Chosun Daily, Korea’s largest daily newspaper. They have shared bills with a host of renowned artists and bands, including Kevin So (Wingbone Records), Keren Ann (Blue Note), Jenny Choi (Double Zero), and Rachel Loy (Epic).

The Lineup

Francis Kim (Guitar, Vocals, Songwriting): Francis began his musical career at the age of four, with Suzuki books in one hand and a quarter-size violin lodged under his chin. At twelve years old, a schoolmate played him a copy of Abbey Road for the first time. He traded four strings for six, formed a band, and has been making beautiful music ever since. Francis grew up in the Camry-ridden world of suburban Chicago. As a high school student, he performed in Canvas, an original rock band. He moved to Cambridge in 1995 to attend Harvard University, where he majored in applied mathematics with a field specialization in economics. After graduation, he worked as an analyst in an enterprise software firm developing pricing optimization algorithms for large retailers. Having fulfilled his childhood dream of being an expert in retail technologies, he left the company in June of 2003 to pursue a life in music.

Robin Lai (Drums): Born and raised in Malaysia, Robin Lai came to the US in 1999 to study Music Business, Production, and Engineering at the Berklee College of Music. Robin has studied under Shawn Kelley, Larry Finn, Dave Dicenso, Dave Weigert, and Dave Cowan. He has played in a number of groups including Godam, Floodline, Forget The Girl, and the CCFC Gospel Choir. He is an active session drummer and producer.

Chris Shelton (Bass): Chris Shelton graduated from Berklee in 2000 with a degree in composition. In 2002, he received a Master's degree in Theoretical Studies from New England Conservatory. In earlier lives, Chris has played in the bands Pyrocy, Zipperhead, and Introspection, opening for Ozzy Osbourne and Alice Cooper.

Eugene Song (Guitar, Vocals, Songwriting): Ever since the age of 13 when he first saw Pete Townshend whirl his arm around like a windmill, Eugene Song has wanted to play guitar in a band. After graduating from Brown University, he came to Boston in the fall of 2002. He wrote and performed as a solo artist for a year prior to joining the Francis Kim Band in August of 2003.

Lyrics

Every Song

Written By: Francis Kim


En route to your affections
Made the flight, missed the connection
You told me that you'd be waiting for me
On the other side

Made my way, though I took my time
You stood tall, but I had to let you down
Now it seems wherever I am going
You turn me around

If I could turn you into music, then I would call your name out loud
But I can't drown you out with silence, and I can't let you out

I talk big, but it's no use trying
I can't help it; you are on my mind
Every song I sing is about you

I thought it was nothing
A few hours and it would pass me by
Well, it's a slow day, and I'm still waiting for you
To ease my mind

So I lost my way, only to find it
When all I could do was to write it down
I thought that once would be sufficient
But you keep coming 'round

If I could turn you into music, then I would call your name out loud
But I can't drown you out with silence, and I can't let you out

I talk big, but it's no use trying
I can't help it; you are on my mind
Every song I sing is about you

I can't speak in my condition
All my words are re-commissioned
I can write to anyone
But every song, every song

Baby Knows Better

Written By: Francis Kim


I wish your parents were more understanding
Wish they'd stop setting you up with other guys
They say they don't mind me, they just hate my profession
It's clear that they like me, they just want me to die

Your mother is crying, your father is sighing
Your brother is happy now he's the favorite child
But nobody loves you the way that I do
Let them be angry on their own for a while

Been a long time since makeup chests
Daddy's knee, Mama's breast
Nobody loves you the way that I do
Baby knows better, baby knows best

I wish your parents weren't so melodramatic
Telling you how hard your life with me would be
If you want easy, you can always get easy
That's why it's called easy

It's eating you up to cause such a commotion
It tears you apart that they're freakin' out
You knew they'd be angry, so let them be angry
If I make you happy, they'll come around

Been a long time since makeup chests
Daddy's knee, Mama's breast
Nobody loves you the way that I do
Baby knows better, baby knows best

Vestigial Tail

Written By: Francis Kim


My evolution stopped at twenty-one
I hear your name, it's still the same reaction

My love for you marks me like a vestigial tail
Can't do no harm
Can't do no good
Keeps me from moving like I should
I should be moving on
But I'm tied to your side

If I could make you smile again, then maybe I'd, maybe I'd
If I could make you, if I could make you smile

I am a faithful man
I just didn't know it then
If I knew I could not leave you, I wouldn't have

My love for you marks me like a vestigial tail
Can't do no good, not to me
But I'd shake it out for all to see
If you would let me be by your side
But I've tried

If I could make you smile again, then maybe I'd, Maybe I'd
If I could make you, if I could make you smile

Oh, baby
I walk this world a spectacle
Obselete, unnatural
If I were a constellation
I'd be flickering in anticipation
But I'd have burnt out years before

Discography

Nobody Loves You (EP) - February, 2005
The Orange Concern - November, 2003
Industrial Canvas - March, 2000

Set List

Set list generally consists of 80-100% originals. The band has played up to three 45-minute sets in a show. Please see the audio section for samples of original music.