The Frank and Walters versus Ricky Gervais

The Frank and Walters Versus Ricky Gervais

(This blog was written by Ashley on Myspace in January 2006, we thought we’d share it here. Enjoy!)

OK, there i was, flask and tuna (dolphin un-friendly) sandwiches packed in my action man lunchbox, credit union train ticket in the back pocket, book check, paper check, walkman(original) check, shirt check, skies were clear so that was 7 quid I could hang on to instead of handing it over to Kcabs, with half an hour to make the Dublin train i stepped out the front door with a smile on my face and a hat on my head.

Having a bit of time i decided to take the scenic route, along the south channel of the River Lee and past the Holy Trinity Church, on past Connoly Hall and then a quick left past the Custom House, phone rings, frantic searching of pockets, me:”hello”,

bloke: “erm, eh, Ashley?”

me: “ya?”

bloke: “from the Frank and Walters?”

me: “ya?”

bloke: “there’s a problem”

me: “oh?”

bloke: “yeah, about the Ian Dempsey Show tomorrow”

me: “ok”

bloke: “yes, you see Ricky Gervais has agreed to come in so could we put ye back to Friday? I’m sure you understand…. erm, its ricky gervais you see….”

me: “oh, ok”

Now like a lot of other people I like The Office, and even though my day had been thrown into turmoil I wasn’t that annoyed, and even though my Friday had now taken a turn for the worse I could cope, and even though my train ticket would now become null and void because I had filled out the date before-hand i could keep myself calm with the knowledge that I had saved 7 quid on a taxi, and when all is said and done I actually did understand, as bloke said “its Ricky Gervais you see”

But (there’s always a but) this wasn’t a new thing, believe it or not Ricky Gervais has been popping in and out of our lives for a while now, and far from being a pleasurable experience, our dealings with this cheeky master of the awkward silence have always been negative affairs, negative for us that is! Continue reading

Franks in the Studio: Week 1

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.

Paul Linehane from The Franks

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.