The Franks

The Franks

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With addictive lyrics, irresistible melodies that grow on you by the listen, and a blistering velocity, The Franks sound like The Beatles cooking for Nirvana at a garden party.

Biography

The Franks played this year's Glastonbury festival after being selected out of over 2300 entrants in the final top 12 of Q Magazine's New Talent competition; just this year they've supported buzz band Joe Lean and the Jing Jang Jong, Fun Loving Criminals, The Maccabees and The Courteeners to name a few, enjoyed airplay on Radio 1, were featured as DJ Vic Galloway's record of the week on his podcast, and their tracks are currently used for web advertisement for Pepe Jeans and promotion for 7 Digital.

Formed in 2006, this North London quartet have headlined some of the UK’s most well-known stages including the Clapham Grand and several of Carling Academy’s venues across the country. In addition to Glastonbury, they’ve played festivals and industry events like Go North, OxJam, Gig4Life and Nottingham University’s Summer Party, drawing crowds of over 1,000. They’ve toured across America's East Coast, headlining at venues like the Knitting Factory and Arlene's Grocery (New York) as well as The Khyber
(Philadelphia).

Last year, the group took a brief hiatus from touring due to University commitments scattering them across Europe (Paris, Madrid, Sunderland and Edinburgh); nonetheless, after lots of busking in foreign metros, webcams and phone calls, they managed to create enough new material to record their first digital
release ‘Suzy Can’t Spell’ (released April ‘08).

Having just finished their degrees, The Franks are busy preparing for their tour of America’s West Coast, which will culminate in the recording of a brand new EP at one of San Francisco’s most reputable studios.

With sensational live performances, scintillating guitar hooks and addictive lyrics, expect to hear a lot more from them in the near future.

Lyrics

Annie Who

Written By: Jamie Frankel

If I say what I feel
How do I know that it’s real?

I make all of my mistakes at night
And I would blame it on the blackness
Blame it on the blackness

You make my house fall down
You make my house fall down
You make my heart beat faster
And you make my house fall down

Chorus:
If I say what I feel
How do I know that it’s real
If I say what I feel
When you do what you do
How do I know that it’s you
How do I know Annie Who

I make all of my mistakes at night
And I would blame it on the blackness
Blame it on the blackness
And I’ll make the same mistake twice
If I can blame it on the blackness tonight

Chorus

You make my heart beat faster
(Annie who)
You make my heart beat faster
(Annie you)
You make me, you make me
Annie who

Pride or Passion

Written By: Jamie Frankel

Take anything that you might need
I don’t need anything,
don’t need anything
And if the questions that you asked were the right ones
Maybe you would get some answers, get some answers

So let it go, let it go
I don’t know if I can change
I don’t know if I can change
Just tell me if its pride or passion

Been waiting for a while now
And I’ll wait a bit more,
yea I’ll wait a bit more
At least until I know the score
At least until I’m sure you love someone else

So let it go, let it go
I don’t know if I can change
I don’t know if I can change
So tell me if its pride or passion

And if you made amends
you would feel much better
And if you made amends
you would feel much better

So let it go, let it go
I don’t know if I can change
I don’t know if I can change
Just tell me if its pride or passion
So let it go, let it go
I don’t know if I can change
I don’t know if I can change…

Seven Seas

Written By: Jamie Frankel

You went away
There was a fire
And now she sails alone upon the seven seas

She counts the tears
He counts the years
That he had spent alone upon the seven seas

You went away
And then things changed
And now you’ll have to blame it on the seven seas, the seven seas
Oh now you’ll have to blame it on the seven seas

She left a note
The words she wrote
Are drowning lost unfound upon the seven seas, the seven seas
Are sailing lost unfound upon the seven seas

She swears she’ll change
He swears and leaves
All her apologies upon the seven seas, the seven seas
All her apologies upon the seven seas

Oh how things have changed, oh how things have changed
Doesn’t it feel strange upon the seven seas
Now that you’re alone, now that you’re alone
I hope you feel at home upon the seven seas, the seven seas
Oh how things have changed

Be Tonight

Written By: Jamie Frankel

So tell me who you wanna be tonight
Tell me who you’re gonna see tonight
Tell me who you wanna be tonight
Be tonight, be tonight

So tell me who you’re gonna choose tonight
Tell me who you’re gonna bruise tonight
Tell me who you’re gonna lose tonight
Lose tonight, lose tonight

Tell me who you’re gonna save tonight
Tell me who you’re gonna save tonight
I really think you should behave tonight
Behave tonight, behave tonight

So tell me what you’re gonna say tonight
Are you gonna run away tonight
I really think that you should stay tonight
Stay tonight, stay tonight

So tell me who you’re gonna love tonight
Tell me who you’re gonna hate tonight
Tell me who you’re gonna love tonight
I really think that you should stay tonight
Tell me what you’re gonna say tonight
Are you gonna run away tonight
Away tonight, away tonight

So tell me who you’re gonna be tonight
Tell me who you’re gonna see tonight
Tell me who you’re gonna be tonight
Be tonight

Loose Reckoning

Written By: Jamie Frankel

Take your hands off me
I don’t know where they’ve been
I don’t know what they mean

Chorus:
By my loose reckoning
There’s a gulf between us
And the pain I’m suffering
Is the final insult
It’s the final insult

Take your eyes off me
I don’t know what they’ve seen
I don’t know what they mean

Chorus

Nothing’s gonna change your world
Nothing’s gonna change your world
Nothing’s gonna change your world
Nothing’s gonna change it, nothing’s gonna change it

I know you wanna be a part of something
I know you wanna be a part of something
I know you wanna be a part of something

Chorus

By my loose reckoning…

Falling Out

Written By: Jamie Frankel

No it never dies completely
And though that look in your eyes
Doesn’t mean that I won’t sleep as soundly
As I could, I know the time has come
And you don’t even know me
No you don’t even know me
No you don’t even know me

Underneath the window
I’ll look up and you’ll look down
And we’ll wait for tomorrow
I know I didn’t mean to say this
But if there’s something you should tell me
It’s your duty to follow
If there’s something you should tell me

Oh you poor boy you’re getting closer
Oh boy you’re getting closer
Poor boy you’re getting closer – you’re getting closer
Oh boy you’re going nowhere
Oh boy you’re going nowhere
Oh boy you’re going nowhere…

Chorus:
It’s a falling out, just a falling out
And I don’t even care at all
No I don’t even care at all

Underneath the window
We’ll look at the things we’ve done
And I’ll wait for tomorrow
I know you didn’t mean to do this
But if you blame me for your sorrow
I might be gone tomorrow
Is there something you should tell me
Something you should tell me…
Something you should tell me…

Chorus…

Now Isn't A Good Time

Written By: Jamie Frankel

Of course I won’t forget tomorrow
What the hell do you think I’m waiting for
Although it doesn’t make a difference
Though it doesn’t make a difference anymore

Settle down amongst your old friends
If they’re still here; if they’re not at war
You fight the fits of nostalgia
And I’ll wait with everything that went before

Chorus:
Sorry, sorry, I had to bring this up
Sorry but it couldn’t wait a minute longer
Go on go on go on, roll on with your rehearsed line:
That now isn’t a good time

I’ll pretend that I’m indifferent
To the things that I care most about
And I’ll struggle in the darkness
‘til I find the light that leads me out

Chorus

Suffer alone, suffer alone
You’re on your own
Until you wake me up
I’m listening, I’m listening
Just one more thing
If nothing’s good enough
If nothing’s good enough

Of course I won’t forget tomorrow
What the hell do you think I’m waiting for
Though it doesn’t make a difference
Although it doesn’t make a difference anymore

Chorus

Bare Bones

Written By: Jamie Frankel

You started well and then you faltered
You’ll make it last - they think you’re beautiful
You’re not ashamed - they didn’t know you
You’ll be ok but you’re too beautiful for your

Bare bones, bare bones, bare bones, bare bones
Yeah you were lost in the fairground when you were born
And though your mother didn’t tell you
What was right and was wrong
You grew up with the others and you grew up strong
In the fairground where you were born
Bare bones, bare bones

They know your past - they know your future
Though it won’t last it hurts to think that
You’ll go outside as they all love you
And you’ll confide in every one of them with your

Bare bones, bare bones, bare bones, bare bones
Yeah you were lost in the fairground when you were born
And though your mother didn’t tell you
What was right and was wrong
You grew up with the others and you grew up strong
In the fairground where you were born
Bare bones, bare bones, bare bones, bare bones
You’re just bare bones, bare bones

You were just…

You started well and then you faltered
You’ll be ok – but you’re too beautiful
For your bare bones, bare bones, bare bones, bare bones
Bare bones, bare bones, bare bones, bare bones

Discography

'Shout Across Houses' EP (2006)
'Suzy Can't Spell' (2008) - digital release
'Falling Out', 'Annie Who', 'Pride or Passion' and 'Be Tonight' have had exposure on national radio including XFM and Radio 1.

Set List

In the past, we've played sets ranging from 30 minutes to 3 hours (the latter including covers from artists like Radiohead, Muse or Johnny Cash, but we prefer to play our own original music), typically venues ask for 30-45 minute sets:
1. Live Without It
2. Annie Who
3. Seven Seas
4. Pride or Passion
5. Be Tonight
6. Loose Reckoning
7. Business
8. Solo Mission
9. Falling Out
We can also play acoustic versions of most songs, depending on what a particular venue requests.