We have a show at Chop Suey Monday, February 17th, President’s Day, with our friends Vacant Seas and Dark Hip Falls. This will be our only Seattle area show for a while, as we finish up our new album. Come on out and hear what we got up our sleeves.
After that we have a great show lined up March 1st at Bob’s Java Jive in Tacoma with Death by Stars, Elbow Coulee and TBASA. https://www.facebook.com/events/215665671951430/
Here it is, our new single, “All Over and Under the Rhine“, a loping blues rock number featuring a chorus of doo wop, a fiery sax solo by Eric Patten and climactic call and response with help from the soulful, smokey vocals of Kelly Young.
And we love the sexy Lautrec inspired cover art by Dylan Speeg!
French Letters are back at it… Another year, another album. And one more chance to catch us playing live in our element. If you hadn’t noticed, the shows have slowed while our output has grown. Seattle music is grinding a rough transmission these days, and while we never struggle to express ourselves as a band, the venues and opportunities to do so have become limited around this rock roll town.
While the scene we love seems to have dissolved around us this past year, we have been hard at work on a new record. A record that finds us as a unit in top fighting form.
We are pleased to invite you to the release for the first single off of this album. It’s a little ditty people are wont to say, “It sounds like early Stones and Tom Waits, without trying to sound like either.” In our world, and in this uncertain time of local musical futures, that sounds like a compliment.
Please join us at the Sunset with our rock roll brethren Death By Steamship and Whiskey Radio as we debut the single “All Over and Under the Rhine” for you.
We spent a productive day at Egg Studios recording a single and B-side for our upcoming full length, and even got a few friends in on the action. The A-side, ”All Over And Under The Rhine”, features Eric Patten’s gold tone growl on sax and Kelly Young belting out some “doo wops” and “Yeah yeah yeahs!” The B-side is an oldie of ours, a heavy spoken word piece titled “Klinik”.
We can’t wait to get back to Egg Studios February 2014 to record the rest of the new album:
1. I Already Know How This Ends
2. Mea Culpa, Maybe
3. Piss Throne
5. Cocktail Talk
6. All Over & Under The Rhine
7. Demonology of Desire
8. Female of the Species
In five tracks and one poem our new EP, “Here There Be Serpents“, presents the evolution of French Letters’ rock ‘n roll sound in a smart, swaggering Molotov cocktail of poetry, blues & Americana with take-no-prisoners guitar rock that is fun, dangerous and apologizes for nothing.
Featuring incredible cover art by J. T. Dockery, physical copies and digital downloads of the album are available at www.frenchlettersbandcamp.com.
Have a listen:
We’ve just completed the recording and mixing phase for our forthcoming EP, “Here There Be Serpents”, at the legendary Egg Studios with Conrad Uno and there’s no doubt about it, French Letters fucking love rock ‘n roll. Cowbell hits, rock & roll kicks and dueling guitar solos all tracked to warm analogue tape. We’ve had so much fun recording at Egg and can’t wait to share the culmination with you.