The Frank And Walters

FRANK AND WALTERS
Souvenirs
VÖ Album: 31.03.2006
Label: fifa records
Vertrieb: rough trade

1. Band Bio

The Frank and Walters began in Cork, it was the early 90’s and their mission was to spread cheer and optimism throughout the world via their music. Naming themselves after some eccentric old boys from down the road, their energetic live shows, infectious melodies and seemingly irrepressible happiness built up a loyal following and before very long, every major and independent record label was showing interest. In 1991 the Franks signed to Setanta Records.
They very quickly got down to business. First they relocated to London and released a string of critically acclaimed EP´s, with three grabbing singles of the week in the NME and Melody Maker simultaneously”¦no mean feat! They were filled with crafted and memorable songs: “Fashion Crisis Hits New York”, “This Is Not A Song”, and “Walter´s Trip”. Choosing to earn their fame they played hundreds of gigs (becoming infamous for wearing oversized purple and orange uniforms at the slightest provocation…with very bad haircuts!). Initially supporting the Inspiral Carpets, Stereolab and the B-52s on their tours, the bands´ popularity grew and later on, as headliners, Suede and Radiohead supported them on their UK tours. Interestingly enough they also had a young man named Noel Gallagher as their roadie.

In October 1992 their first album, “Trains, Boats and Planes” was released on GO! Discs. It finally exploded in January 1993 when the Franks released their most recognisable tune ““ “After All”. With it’s gloriously catchy chorus and general up-beatness it was the perfect antidote to the dark winter days, and it thundered into the UK charts at number 11 ““ providing the band with their first appearance on Top Of The Pops where they met Linda McCartney and were duly forced into becoming vegetarians (fact! although two of them have since gone back to the meat).

Their second album, “Grand Parade” unleashed their full potential and to this day remains a classic. Described at the time as “˜The jauntiest of melodic joys’ by the NME. With tracks like “Colours”, “Indian Ocean”, “Tony Cochrane” and “How Can I Exist” the record propelled the band to new heights and tours across the pond after a deal with SONY.

The band opted to relocate to New York and write another album. “Beauty Becomes More Than Life” is generally recognized as a watershed album in the bands career. “A lost classic for the 20th century” was how the NME described it

15 months after “Beauty Becomes More Than Life” the bands fourth album “Glass” was released. The album represented a journey for the band where they decided to pursue an electro-pop theme and tip the hat to the music they had grown up with. The album, which was well received, has since been described as being “15 years too late and 5 years too early”, but this was by Ashley, who´s just the drummer so it doesn´t count. After this the band decided to call it a day but now some five years later they are back with a new double album “Souvenirs”, released in October 2005 in Ireland.
“Souvenirs” is the first ever collection of previously unreleased tracks, B-Sides, rexmixes and rare Frank and Walters material from the 90s, containing some of their finest moments. Amongst the long unavailable favourites are Frank´s covers of: Julian Cope´s “Elegant Chaos”, The Monkees “I´m A Believer” Magnetic Fields “Falling Out of Love”, The Smith´s “Cemetery Gates” and Tone Loc´s “Funky Cold Medina” along side different versions/mixes of their own “How Can I Exist” and the show stopper “Michael”.

It also features videos of their two classics “After All” and “Indian Ocean” and a rare My Bloody Valentine remix of “Take Me Through This Life” as well as a version of “Paradise” covered by Fame Academy´s Marli Buck.
SPECIAL: With purchase of the CD a special code then is given which let the “˜new owner´ download an exclusive third CD worth of even more vintage tracks from the bands website ““ www.thefrankandwalters.ie.

Also, due to the high demand from fans FIFA Records has made copies of Souvenirs CD3 available to purchase from www.roadrecs.com.

2. News (2005)

The Frank And Walters released their first single in over 5 years to radio in Ireland on September 19th. The single was “˜You Asked Me´ , with 2 B-Sides (“˜How Can I Exist´ ““ Grand Parade Version and “˜Pathways´). The track was immediately play-listed on all stations ““ National and Regional and reached number 8 on the play-list charts. Now, 4 months on it still remains in the Top 50. It also received Album Of The Month standing on both 2fm and Today FM (Irelands premier national stations).

Souvenirs was launched in Ireland on October 13th with 2 in-store shows ““ Tower Records Dublin (shop had to be closed due to crowds), Virgin Records Cork (store sold out of Souvenirs on the day).

Irish Tour commenced end October. The band played 8 shows across the country. All of them sold out. Dublin (Whelans), Killarney (The Granary) Limerick (Dolans Warehouse), Galway (The Roisin Dubh), Kilkenny (EVGB´s), Clonakilty (DeBarras), Dublin (The Village), Cork (The Savoy). The highlight of the tour was probably the Cork show with over 1200 people in attendance.

The band also embarked on a tour of the prisons of Ireland. The first show was held in Wheatfield prison and was covered by National TV Station TV3 as part of their news program.

Due to the success of the tour and record, the band were asked to appear on the TV show – Tubridy Tonight (est. audience 350,000), the TV show – Ardan (est. audience 100,000), the TV Show “˜The Last Broadcast´ (est. audience 100,000)

Towards the end of 2005 the band were also nominated for album of the year in the prestigious Meteor Awards, with U2, Damien Demspey and Bell X1. Full details available on the site:

http://meteormusicawards.meteor.ie/nominees/nominees_bestirishalbum.html

The ceremony will be held on February 2nd, 2006 where the band has been asked to perform live.

The band will be releasing their next studio album ““ “˜Renewed Interest In Happiness´ in autumn 2006.

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