Frank Black And The Catholics

Yesterday I was Eastbound on the Oregon Trail and today I’m Westbound on the Trail Of Tears.  I like to head East, but I think I like to head West better.  The West is the best, baby.

These records happened while planning a trip to go North and South, up and down the Royal Road of California, recording and performing as we go, always near the twenty-one Spanish missions, always near the ghosts that wander along that road.  Someday we’ll do it.  The FB & The C’s mobile recording studio takes six hours to break down.  It’s all on wheels.

I’m so very proud of her.

BLACK LETTER DAYS was done in downtown Los Angeles, near Japantown, in a space that was declared for Spain somehow, and a Spanish flag was flown especially for the session.  “Mr. Thompson, the drums must stop,” said the building manager, but by that time we’d finished BLACK LETTER DAYS and we quickly vacated to a North Hollywood rehearsal complex to begin DEVIL’S WORKSHOP.

The stout was still Irish, the vodka was still Russian and the Spanish flag was flown once again.  The rehearsal studio is right on the Burbank runway, so drum noise was not an issue.  In fact, Tommy Lee‘s was much louder than we were, and I suppose his rehearsals are deeply embedded somewhere in our tapes.  I don’t think it’s a hindrance to the record.

I’ve got to find my next location.  I like having my own studio.  I could make albums all day.  But for the moment Albuquerque is calling.  I hear Leon Russell singing and the faint sound of machine gun fire.  Love is a Battlefield.

Frank Black

Perry, Oklahoma

No shows booked at the moment.

Posted by Editor | 11 Nov 2010 | Artists

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Frank Black And The Catholics

Buy Now – £8.99 ”We recorded the tape over three days, and since it was only meant to be a demo, we cut it old-school, live to 2-track. After rehearsals in our rented rock space we walked across the parking lot to a studio they call the City of Sound,...
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Dog In The Sand

Now that he’s released more albums as a solo artist than with the Pixies, Frank Black seems comfortable with his place in alternative rock’s history. Instead of avoiding the anachronistic tendencies of his old band and his first two solo albums, on Dog in the Sand he embraces them. A...
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Devil’s Workshop

Buy Now – £7.99 The companion album to the reflective, ambitious Black Letter Days, Devil’s Workshop is short, simple, and lively, a collection of rollicking, quirky road songs that recall some of the more oblique moments on Teenager of the Year and the more rock-oriented tracks on Pistolero and Dog...
Posted 01 Apr 2010 | Releases | -

The Cult Of Ray

Buy Now – £7.47 It’s a truly strange trick to be a subtle song-stylist and a raging guitar hero at the same time, but no one would deny Frank Black his eccentricities. While Kim Deal graduated from the Pixies to help define the new breed of radio pop called alternative...
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Black Letter Days

Buy Now – £7.99 Black Letter Days spans galloping ballads like “Chip Away Boy”; stripped-down, rootsy numbers such as “The Farewell Bend”; and appealingly tossed-off songs like “True Blue.” Bookended by two versions of Waits’ “Black Rider” — the first a gleefully black-hearted introduction to a twisted cabaret show, the...
Posted 01 Apr 2010 | Releases | -

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