On Wednesday 18th of January we gave an exclusive listen to our new single Indie Love Song. We received some very kind words on twitter so we collected a few and added them to the teaser clip. Have a look to see was your tweet featured!
The Frank and Walters invite you to have an early listen to their brand new single “Indie Love-Song”. The new single will be streamed on the Franks’ website FrankandWalters.net on Wednesday 18th of January at 7pm til 9pm.
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With another week drawing to a close, The Franks have edged closer to finishing their new album. The dust had barely settled on their Indiependence gig at the weekend when Paul and the boys were back in the studio laying down the vocals and keyboard parts. Photographer Mushy Pea made a cameo appearance this week stopping by to capture Paul and Cian working through the Keyboard parts.
The Franks working out the album's string sections with engineer Ciaran Lynch
As mentioned in the previous post, Cian has been recording on Paul’s computer (seen in the picture above) and so the band are now sifting through each part and will pick their favourite. The new album will feature seven keyboards and a Steinway upright piano. All Keyboard parts which are not used for the album will be donated to Children in Need – of keyboard parts.
Meanwhile, Ash has been busy in the upstairs studio recording the percussion parts for each song. He assured Mushy Pea that his hat was backwards to improve his tamborining and not to look cool or to lay down a rap.
With a hard weeks work done in the studio with absolutely no table-tennis (as RTE are filming in the Factory studios and the table tennis room has become the female actresses dressing room) the lads remained completely focused and allowed for no messing.
This week in the studio was dominated by guitars. Paul has laid down all of the acoustic guitar tracks while Rory has filled the studio with every guitar paraphernalia ever invented. For fellow guitar geeks Rory wanted to share what guitars will feature on the new album.
“For this album, guitar-wise, I have been rotating between my own much loved custom shop Telecaster and a borrowed Original 50’s Gibson 335 which would be the jewel of any players guitar collection, valued somewhere in the region of £10,000-20,000 Sterling so most players can only dream of playing an original.
Rory playing Niall's "Gibson 335"
Unfortunately as it’s a borrowed instrument (from Niall Linehane) it must be returned to its owner immediately after the recordings and so wont be featuring in the Franks album tour. The Telecaster is perfectly suited to the rhythm parts of each track while the 335 is more suited to lead and octaves. A Gibson Firebird will also feature on some of the more rock based tracks tho the bulk of the work is done on the tele and the 335.”
Rory's guitar pedals
“So far the pedals used include a Line 6 DL4 Delay Modeler, Ibanez Tube Screamer, Seymour Duncan Shape Shifter Tap Tremelo and a ZVEX Fuzz factory.”
So for anyone who thought Rory was shy and humble constantly looking at his feet, he’s actually only changing the sound of his guitar!
While Rory has been taking up the recording desk with the guitar Paul and Ash retired to Cian’s Keyboard Land to do some last minute sculpting on the lyrics.
Paul and Ash tinkering with the lyrics
There has been speculation that Paul is changing some of the lyrics to reflect the recent defeat in table-tennis at the hands of director John Carney. After their last battle Paul reigned supreme but this week John came back with Balls of Fury and has regained the factory championship trophy. The Franks front-man has been humbled but was last spotted downloading a table tennis app on his i-phone.
Week 3 in the Studio has seen the Franks step up in the recording activity. So far Ash’s drums are completed, Paul has laid down all of his bass tracks and Rory has begun the guitar odyssey that will feature heavily on the album. For anyone who may not be familiar with recording, capturing the guitar sound is probably the longest part of the process . As with all Indie music, the guitar drives the songs and so finding the right sound is essential. Rory has spent hours experimenting with different amps, pedals and guitars themselves.
Meanwhile, Cian has been sent to keyboardland in the next room. Paul has set up his Apple computer and Logic home recording studio for Cian to record several hundred piano, strings and synth parts from which to choose for the final production.
Cian's Keyboard land
But there is one distraction detracting from the guys’ productivity: the table tennis. Not content with pummelling his bandmates, Paul has resorted to seeking challenges outside of the band. In the production office next door in the Factory is John Carney, director of world-romancer “Once”.
Table Tennis Battles: Paul versus John Carney
Epic battles have taken place on that table but we’re proud to announce Paul has come out the victor so far. There’s another week for John to claim the Ping Pong Crown but for this week the trophy heads back to Cork with The Franks.
Well the Franks’ first week in the recording studio has just past and we wanted to give anyone who is interested an insight into how things are progressing and how things operate in the studio.
After months of rehearsals (and in Paul’s case years of songwriting) The Frank and Walters have taken up residence in Dublin’s Factory Studio in Ringsend. At the helm is engineer Ciaran Lynch, who also previously worked on the last Franks album “A Renewed Interest in Happiness” in 2006 and “Glass” in 2000 . The band started the recording process with a day of what is called “pre-production”: This is where the full band play through each track, make a preliminary live recording and discussions are made on intros, endings and instrumentation. This sets the tone for the rest of the recording and plans are made for what type of sound will be designated for each song.
The first week has been spent recording the drums of each track. Ashley has been locked in the drum booth for days experimenting with different fills and drum rolls. Such is his focus on reserving his strength and muscle for the recording that he has yet to enter the increasingly competitive Table-Tennis tournament which is currently being dominated by Paul. While Cian and Rory are slowly developing their table tennis personas Paul is handing out table tennis trashings the likes of which have never been seen. Cian and Rory are engaged in a battle to take second place while accepting that there’s no chance of catching Paul.
Ping Pong Paul
“To be fair, we’ve no hope of beating Paul. He’s been playing table tennis since his days in Bishopstown in the 80’s. There was nothing else to do in the 80’s like! There was no such thing as playstations in the 80’s. We grew up with computer games, Paul grew up like Huckleberry Finn, building rafts and playing table tennis!”.
So week 1 in the studio is done. Ash has put down all of the drum tracks, Paul has won 394 games of table tennis and the band have drank close to a thousand cups of tea. All in all the band are very happy with how things are progressing in the studio and they’ll take the weekend off to rest in Cork before returning to the studio on Wednesday.