Big Tree Artists presents:
8:00pm, Fri 12th October, 2012
Prince Bandroom, VIC
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Big Tree Artists presents: DALLAS FRASCA with special guests EL MOTH, BLACK DEVIL YARD BOSS and BEN SMITH BAND. Friday 12th October 2012, doors 8:00PM
DALLAS FRASCA Announces New Album "Sound Painter" & Accompanying National Launch Dates
After much hullabaloo, build, anticipation, blood, sweat, tears, money, lust and lunacy, Melbourne's Dallas Frasca is pumped to announce the official release of her sophomore album "Sound Painter" which hit stores Friday May 4th through Spank Betty Records / MGM. With lead single All My Love still blasting across radio airwaves after taking out 3rd place (from over 16,000 entries) in the International Songwriting Comp, recorded in New York City with Australian producer Andy Baldwin (Bjork, Chrissie Amphlett, Living End, Kram, Cat Empire) at Rola Pola Studio's in Brooklyn, "Sound Painter" has been a true labor of love for everyone involved.
But the results speak for themselves.
Indeed, from the comedic to the heartbreaking, the making of "Sound Painter" has been beset with challenges and journeys. Firstly, following a run of national shows to help pay for the record, Dallas and band mates Jeff Curran (guitar) and Peter McDonald (drums) arrived wearily home only to have all the takings from the entire tour stolen at Melbourne airport. Enter fan based damage control with Frasca fans banding together and raising over $4500 for the band, $4500 that meant "Sound Painter" could actually be finished. Then, when it was finished, it was stolen. That is to say - upon returning from New York, the band held a listening party to pick the first single and the laptop with the only completed version of the album was stolen by someone at the party. Long story short is that the laptop was returned with 'no police involvement' after simultaneous mild heart attacks from all three band members.
Says Frasca: "It's been 2 ½ years since our first album, (2009's "Not For Love Or Money") but we took away any deadlines and pressure and let the songs dictate when they were ready to be recorded. By way of just playing, we overhauled the band's sound. Jeff(guitar) and I have been playing together for over 6 years now, and we made the decision that this album would be about capturing everybody\'s true strengths as musicians. Jeff had his last alcoholic drink, we got serious about what we wanted to achieve and when Pete (drums) came into our lives, it was like our stars had aligned. I feel people have only been able to hear 10% of what we are capable of on our previous recordings compared to this one".
And so, after months of rehearsal's in Footscray, the band headed off to record "Sound Painter" next to the Willliamsburg Bridge in Brooklyn, New York with a producer they had met after playing a raucous 2 am set at a hippie festival in regional Victoria. Within the first 10 minutes of leaving the airport in New York, a rock was thrown from an over pass, smashing their cab window. It was on.
Again, in Frasca's words: "We had to ride our pushies 7 km's through Manhattan every day, from our accom to the studio, and then back again at night. That change of scene, from Melbourne to Manhattan, Footscray to Soho, was inspiring and it gave Jeff, Pete and I the chance to create anything we wanted to. You can hear that confidence on the record".
Using no click tracks for that true honest rock sound, all the guitars, drums and most vocals on the album were live takes with next to no over dubs and most songs were captured in their first or second run through. The entire record features no bass; just Dallas and Jeff dueling gargantuan slabs of riffs on 2 Les Paul's through 1960's Fender Silvertone amps.
Dallas explains: "Being in the studio making "Sound Painter" was the most challenging and rewarding artistic endeavor I've ever undertaken. The songs were never controlled by traditional laws of timing or "right", as each song grew we took its lead and let "it" tell us what it needed. We always knew when they were finished. I remember Pete creating each drum sound with Andy before every new track, we would lovingly butcher the kit each time before we started to record, taping tambourines onto bass drums, wallets onto snares and tuning the kit to the key of each song. It was groups of special little moments like these that still stick out to me.
When we first wrote \'All My Love\' (first single) together as a band it was like a bench mark for what we wanted to achieve. We kept beating tracks together and ended up with well over 100 songs to choose from. We whittled that down and the entire album was then tracked in 6 days. Recorded, mixed and mastered by Andy Baldwin, there are very few people on the planet like Andy. A gifted musician himself, I learnt so much from him as a producer and a person. He pushed us and got more out of us as musicians than we ever expected from ourselves.
For example, album closer 'Ain\'t No Fury' was the last song I recorded. I did it by myself before I flew to India and then left the acoustic skeleton with Andy. I remember my world being blown apart when I heard the vocal line that Andy had put on the chorus line when I was in Udaipur, Rajasthan. I had a cow resting next to me and a goat at my feet in an internet cafe and I couldn\'t believe it was my song. I wrote the song for my best friend and she cried right there with me with happiness when we heard it.
"Sound Painter" is tough, heavy, big and loud. Tougher, heavier, bigger and louder that anything Dallas Frasca has done before. Though the themes are universal, lyrically there's a feminine strength that runs throughout. Musically, it's an album that angles for the knockout punch, no dancing around for the points decision. Searing riffs give way to melodious break downs, blues progressions careen their way into sludged Zeppelinesque builds. Curran's dynamo riffage constantly chops away throughout - as authoritative in the notes he doesn't play as to emphasise the ones he does.
Frasca: Each song on the album is a part of the story of a crazy upside down year. A relationship break up, feeling destroyed but overcoming and feeling free and positive again - sometimes all at the same time.
'Coming Home' is about Melbourne Town, I recently moved back here and it was like I had moved back in with my tribe again, in the right place surrounded by good people. The lyrics for 'Coming Home' flowed freer for me than any other track on the album. 'Better Without You' was one take start to finish. It was intentionally the moment on the album where the band truly got to jam out with no 3:30min restrictions, just spirit. The end jam was so exciting to watch the boys connect and create. None of us knew when or what Jeff and Pete were going to do and that's the point.
The recording of 'One Man Woman' is the track that stands out for Curran, in his own words: whilst recording it, we just hit this major halt one morning! Andy took us all downtown Williamsburg for some time out, at which point I left the table frustrated and just wandered around a bit, trying to find inspiration. And did, the feeling of hardship and bare minimum standard of living that in that part of New York was the feeling I wanted to encapsulate. I also kept thinking soul, rock, nut-bush, Tina Turner vibe and what it must have been like recording back in those days and what they would have had to make do with. I went back to Andy and the band and said, lets capture that vibe, but lets strip everything back rather than add it on and use things we never would normally. So together we all bashed our hands on snare skins, made mouth percussion sounds, stuck pens in glasses, wailed mouth sirens; and the track came together.
Frasca sums it up: Ultimately - the universe brought us altogether at exactly the right time in our lives, we were all ready to work hard, we were all ready to share our ideas and no one had any delusions of grandeur.... We just wanted to make a powerful f**cking album that would be listened to for generations to come!"
The "Sound Painter" Tour
As mentioned, with lead single All My Love still blasting across radio airwaves after taking out 3rd place (from over 16,000 entries) in the International Songwriting Comp, and straight from blowing audiences away at Byron Bluesfest not long ago, catch Dallas and the band launching the album across a national tour of gargantuan proportions, doing what they do best.