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Frank Enea Band

Mount Kisco, New York, United States | INDIE

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"Rock 'n' Roll Band Rooted in Westchester With Eyes on the World"

Rock 'n' Roll Band Rooted in Westchester With Eyes on the World
BY SUSAN HODARA
Published: July 13, 2003
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MOUNT KISCO— IN a boxy white building at the bottom of a dead-end street, here between car dealerships and auto body shops, rock-and-roll dreams are being realized. It is here in his recording studio, Satellite Sound, that Frank Enea and his band, Frank Enea and Palace Laundry, spent the last two years creating their newly released CD, Makeshift Days.

And it is here that Mr. Enea and Daniel Reisman, the band's manager and owner of Vision X Records, continue their work to deliver their music to the world.

Mr. Enea describes his sound as ''classic postmodern rock,'' combining influences from the Rolling Stones and the Beatles, ''my Bach and Beethoven,'' he said, with Radiohead and Coldplay. The CD, a Satellite Music/Vision X Records production, contains 12 tracks, with Mr. Enea on guitar and vocals. A segment of the final track, ''Holding Back,'' was used on the NBC television show ''Ed'' last November.

Palace Laundry, which takes its name from a T-shirt worn by Mr. Jagger in an obscure Stones film, includes Alex Morell on bass and Paul Enea, Mr. Enea's brother, on drums. A second guitarist, Chris Stoddard, joins the band for live performances, and a keyboardist, Peter Nebauer, accompanies the group on studio recordings. Paul Enea, who is a graphic artist at a design firm in White Plains, created the band's promotional materials and all of the artwork for the CD.

The band's roots lie in Westchester. The Enea brothers were raised in White Plains, where both continue to live, and where Frank Enea was given his first guitar at age 5. He studied classical music and performed in bands throughout high school and college. ''I've played just about every day,'' he said.

Mr. Morell emigrated from Spain shortly before he auditioned for the band when it was being formed three years ago, and has since been ''like another brother,'' Mr. Enea said. Mr. Morell has been a long-term houseguest with Mr. Enea, his wife, Lisa Marie Enea, and their 18-month-old son, Liam Jagger Enea.

Mr. Enea appreciates being in Westchester where, he said, ''Rent is cheaper, parking is easier, and I can make all the noise I want.'' He enjoys his daily commute along the tree-lined Sawmill River Parkway. ''I'm glad I'm driving north in the morning,'' he said.

The release of ''Makeshift Days'' represents the manifestation of Satellite Sound's original intent, when Mr. Enea moved his studio to Mount Kisco from his parents' garage in 1997.

''I built the studio as a place to make my music,'' he said, ''where I would be the No. 1 client.''

The space includes two recording studios and another rehearsal room, which Mr. Enea rents to musicians and producers when he's not using them. He also offers lessons in guitar, piano, bass and drums, and classes in studio recording and songwriting.

But Mr. Enea's focus remains his music: ''I may spend 20 percent of my energy pushing the studio,'' he said, ''but I spend 110 percent of my energy on the band.''

Mr. Enea said that although several labels expressed interest in Palace Laundry while the band was making Makeshift Days, he eventually opted to produce the CD independently. ''I established a team to record, produce and release itm,'' he said, ''using my own network of contacts and financial backers.''

His goal is to use the CD and club dates to develop a following before trying to sign up with a major label that has good production, distribution and tour support.

Where do Mr. Enea and Mr. Reisman, who are both in their 30's, ultimately want to take the band? ''Madison Square Garden!'' they exclaimed in unison.

''That's when we know we've hit it,'' Mr. Reisman said, then added, gesturing to Mr. Enea, ''I want to see him smiling, getting credit for his artistry. And I want his son to see him, too, to be proud of him and know his father plays a mean guitar.''

Information: frankenea.com or call (914)666-4517.

Photo: Frank Enea, right, rehearses with other band members, Chris Stoddard, left, Paul Enea and Alex Morell. (Susan Stava for The New York Times)
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Singer/Songwriter,Guitarist. "With eyes on the world" is how the NEW YORK TIMES, in a a feature article described Frank Enea's music. From the opening chords of his "Makeshift Days" record and track 1 entitled “Falling Out Of Bed” to the final track “Holding Back” featured on the. College stations through out the U.S. had been promoting his CD as well as major stations such as WAXQ and WPLJ and WOR Radio's nationally syndicated show, "THE LIONEL SHOW". which broadcasted all the tracks from "Makeshift Days". Frank's songs have also been heard on THE BACHELOR, NBC,SHOWTIME,FOX, DISCOVERY CHANNEL, Currently, The band is finishing a new record entitles Nine X Nine which include the songs "Under The Sun", recently featured on 107.1 The Peak Radio and in December on Matt Pinfield's 101.9 RXP morning show. Frank will be doing an on air performance on RXP in early 2009, for upcoming release. Also on Nine X Nine are tracks, "So Blind", "Never Let YOu Down", "On The lake" and "be My Bluest Sky"., featuring Alex V on Bass, Martin Stroh on drums and Brian Newsholme on piano. In 2008, ACM released a double disc CD entitled "Fade To Black Box" in 2008. The new releases are available on Itunes. .In 2007 ACM Records released a blues CD "Hellbound Blues" containing tracks Frank wrote as a homage to blues greats such as Willie Dixon, and Muddy Waters. Frank owns Satellite Music, a recording/production facility in Mt.Kisco , NY 45minutes from Manhattan. The studio serves as a place for Frank to write and record, as well as produce other acts, and demo music to major artists such as Rob Thomas, Shakira, and Aerosmith.. Frank is currently working with up and coming singers Ryan Vosler,WWW.MYSPACE.COM/RYANVOSLER, Lauren Hunt, and Jacquelyn Willard. April 27, 2010 the the Frank Enea Band released "Morning Show". Available on ACM Records, iTunes & Amazon.

Members:
Alex V., Brian Newsholme, Martin Stroh
Record Label:
ACM Records
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Indie