FRANCES CONE – ” Wide Awake / Failure “

Posted: December 1, 2018 in ALBUMS, MUSIC
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Frances Cone is an American indie pop band started in Brooklyn, New York and currently based in Nashville, TN. The band consists of Christina Cone, Andrew Doherty, Adam Melchor, and Aaron Hamel. They are named after Christina’s father and great-grandfather, both musicians themselves in South Carolina and both born on September 11. Frances Cone began in 2013 with the release of their first full-length album titled Come Back. In 2014, Frances Cone released a self-titled EP that streamed on Paste Magazine, which subsequently featured them in their “Best of What’s Next” series stating, “You’ll hear everything from folk-inspired harmonies, to driving bass drums, to grungy synths, all culminating in an arena anthem, where Cone’s roof-lifting vocals shine.”

When I listened blindly to nearly a thousand songs while attempting to make my schedule of bands to see at this year’s SXSW music festival, one of the few tracks that leapt to the top was “Arizona” by Frances Cone. I wasn’t alone. NPR Music’s Stephen Thompson also singled out this now Brooklyn-based band for the way it wraps its storytelling in a catchy, pop parcel. But it’s so nice to say that they have an album out on January 18th via Thirty Tigers. The first single, Wide Awake, is out now and is streaming on all of the platforms there are. It is also not a Katy Perry cover.

Songwriter Christina Cone says ,We invested so much of our lives into these songs and we sure did take our time. So much has changed over the course of these 3 years. It sometimes feels like music can’t possibly live in the realm of top priority and then it also feels like it’s the only thing, at least part of an indescribable remedy to all the things that ail us. I’m so happy to be here, at this time, in this moment, and I hope these songs become yours in whatever way you need. 

Led by singer and songwriter Christina Cone, the band is set to release Late Riser, its second full-length album this year. The first track the group performed for thier Tiny Desk concert is its just-released single, “Unraveling,” a tale of falling apart, of life becoming so overwhelming that the song’s character simply stops and lets go. With each verse of “Unraveling” the saga builds to a climax and then a calm. It’s this sort of craft that makes Frances Cone stand out. Think Lucius, another band that captured my attention years ago for similar reasons. In fact, Dan Molad, the drummer and producer for Lucius, mixed that first Frances Cone song that originally grabbed my attention, “Arizona.” This is wonderfully literate pop that won’t hit you over the head, but might gently find a home in your heart.

Musicians Christina Cone (keys, vocals); Andrew Doherty (electric bass, electric guitar, vocals); Adam Melchor (electric guitar, acoustic guitar, vocals); Alex Baron (drums)

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