Pete Francis
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Pete Francis

New York City, New York, United States

New York City, New York, United States
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"New Pete Francis Album The Movie We Are In out May 18"

“His most recent release belongs in a classic jukebox that holds only your favorite records” - Jambase

"Pete Francis "The Movie We Are In""

"When Francis is on, he’s on, and he’s got a bag full of melody and soul with him. " - Stereo Subversion

"Pete Francis"

"The balance of live instruments to synths makes for a dynamic album." - Lehigh Valley Live

"The Boston Globe Music - Folk Pick"

When Vermont indie rock sensation Dispatch performed its final concert at the Hatch Shell two years ago, crowd estimates ranged from 60,000-110,000 with fans hailing from Spain and New Zealand. Even then, Dispatch singer-guitarist Pete Heimbold (right picture), was building a successful solo career, using the name Pete Francis. On his latest album,"Everything Is One", he collaborates with gritty New York City saxophonist Craig Dreyer, creating sleek, sparely chised fusion of alt-folk, urban jazz and smoky R&B. Francis, whose influences include Van Morrison, Cat Stevens, Tom Waits and W.B Yeats, writes songs that are more explorations than destinations; darkly lit freeze-frames of lives in uncertain motion ("The sky is in question /Something is changing / You don't know if it's right").
- Scott Alarik

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Pete Francis' fourth solo album isn't exactly that. This time around he teamed up with jazz saxaphonist Craig Dreyer on a duet-style album of brand new compositions. About half of the tracks feature Pete on lead vocals and the other half feature Craig. Of course the duties of singing, songwriting, and composition were shared by the duo. It's a very interesting and unique album in that much of the elements of rock and blues have lessened from previous Pete Francis releases and made way for more of the jazz sound. The lyrical content is signature Francis. Songs like 'Things You'll Never Find', 'Eyes Of The Sun', and the title track 'Everything Is One' are sure to become classic Pete Francis tracks. The addition of Dreyer and his jazz background and instrumentation adds an altogether new layer of sonic beauty to the already excellent sound of Pete Francis' music. We heard Dreyer's funky sounds during the final weekend of Dispatch's existence and on the subsequent CD and DVD that catalogued it, and it's no surprise that Francis wanted to team up with him for a full length release. The departure made on this album from previous released is a welcomed one, without taking away from all the past releases by both of these musicians. What this album has done is begin to spin a web between artists, genres, and fans of Pete and Craig's music, spreading their influence and success to those who might not have otherwise experience what there was to offer. I'm sure this won't be the last we heard from these two as a team as this album is too good to be a one time thing.


The Movie We Are In (2010)
Iron Sea & The Calvary (2008)
Everything Is One (2006)
Good to Finally Know (2004)
Untold (2003)
So They Say (2001)



Pete Francis Live Video Footage from University of Maryland:

Pete Francis Live In Studio

New Music Video for "Love Shakes You Down" single:

New York City based singer-songwriter, Pete Francis, is set to release his new album The Movie We Are In this May 2010. Whereas Francis’ previous solo albums were largely self-produced, he uprooted his more traditional approach to album-making and assembled an entirely new crew with Los Angeles based producer Jeff Trott (right hand man to Sheryl Crow as writer and guitarist).

Says Francis, “In the past I’ve worked with acoustic guitar, bass, drums, B3 organ, but I wanted to bring a modern electronic element into my music. When first speaking with Jeff Trott, I quickly realized he had great musical instincts and that he was getting my tunes. And then, he brought ideas to the table that I hadn’t imagined. I saw a new musical landscape could be created with my songs by working with him.”

The musicians that Trott assembled for the recording sessions helped to create this colorful landscape. Having worked with artists such as Beck, Nine Inch nails, Gnarls Barkley, Willie Nelson, Queens of the Stone Age, Dr. Dre, and Scott Weiland, the musicians (Brian LeBarton, Justin Meldal-Johnsen, John O’Brien, Victor Indrizzo and others) provided an extraordinary musical palette of talent and sensibility.

When asked about the project, Trott says, “It really became apparent to me that Pete was a very creative and colorful song-writer. What I liked was that there was this very good sense of Pete’s personality from happy go lucky to dark and brooding. All these aspects were amazing to work with and the lyrics were very colorful. I think that’s one of the things I really enjoy about Pete’s songs… that it’s sometimes hard to really figure out what the meanings are and I think that’s missing in a lot of music - the mystery of what a song is.”

The opening track, “Glue”, generates a feeling of weightlessness by combining organic instrumentation with futuristic sounds. This song solidly represents what’s to follow on the album’s consistent mix of fresh and classic, electronic and acoustic, known and unknown… Each listen unlocks a new guitar lick, synth riff, bass groove, drum program, live drumbeat or horn swell, and even the sounds of the sparsely used Ethiopian instrument cumbus. Midway through the album, the listener gets catapulted into the up-tempo and joyous revelry of “Love Shakes You Down” a sing-a-long with the familiar bell sounds of Motown combined with a string synth creating a modern and retro sound all at once. The slower, more melodic songs of the album like “St. Paul’s Fair” and “Didn’t Know I Built It” lure the listener into dream-states with rich deep vocals, sampled sounds from a town square in Italy, trance-like Wurlitzer pedaling, and vivid lyrics.

No one would deny that Francis has earned his stripes in the independent music scene. He formed the fiercely independent band Dispatch in 1995 whose uncommonly loyal fan-base bid them farewell at The Last Dispatch concert in 2004 with an attendance of 110,000 people from around the world. Since then, his career has infiltrated many musical worlds including performing his solo music at festivals around the country, reuniting with his Dispatch pals for three sold out nights at Madison Square Garden, having his solo music featured in films and television, and performing in the presence of Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C..

Commenting on his new album and departure from his Dispatch days, Francis says, “It’s good to get out of your comfort zone. I tried to let this motto resonate at every turning point of this record’s evolution.” When asked if there is an overall theme to The Movie We Are In, Francis explains, “I like to leave this up to the listener. Hearing an album is similar to visiting a museum. The listener has to have his or her own conversation with the artwork and create their own interpretations."