I’m pretty much done with overproduced crap. I just don’t have time for it. The lack of energy and emotion that is present on nearly all overproduced albums is stupefying. Give me bare bones rock `n’ roll over that shit any day. It’s a bonus if it’s a demo recording, but I’ll take under-produced due to youth and naiveté all day long. I know I’ve typecast myself as a folk/roots guy but if you’ll notice there are rock `n’ roll bands scattered throughout the Songs:Illinois archives. Of late I’ve been writing about bands like The Leadership, White Fang, Black Coyote, and State Champion. If it were a different time (say the late 80′s) you could replace those band names with The Replacements, Uncle Tupelo, Dumptruck and Big Dipper. But it’s the teens for goodness sake so today I’m writing about a rock band from Toledo called Frank & Jesse.
You wouldn’t have heard of them just yet. Their debut record isn’t out til April. I don’t think they’ve played a ton of shows, though they did just open for Two Cow Garage. But they need our support. They’re young and energetic, they write kick ass songs, and they sing and play with abandon. After listening to “Breakdown” from the forthcoming record Let It Come Down you can head over to their Kickstarter page to help them get the new record released on 180 gram vinyl here. Hear another song, “Baton Rouge”, streaming via Bandcamp here.