“No Evil Star”

“The sentence structure of a fiction
perfect diction.
Poignant plot points
that betray her contradiction.
It’s just a simple sound
no grand act of sedition
despite what my mouth might speak
these hands ain’t writ no fiction.”

And so begins “Piss Throne”, the first track on French Letters third studio album. The music contained on “No Evil Star” is the hardest rocking French Letters has produced to date, yet it maintains the band’s penchant for poetic lyrics.

Piss Throne” (Rock)
A dark, minor-key rocker that includes some harmonized, Thin Lizzy-esque guitar breaks.

Female of the Species” (Rock)
A hard funk infused tune that sees the first appearance on the album of guest keyboardist Joel Lewis on the organ.

The Demonology of Desire” (Torch)
The third cut of the album maintains the aforementioned Joel Lewis, this time on electric piano, for a modern-day torch song which features some of Crossley’s most heartfelt, soulful lyrics.

Cassandra Can’t Leave” (Rock Ballad)
A brooding murder ballad in three parts featuring an extended acoustic guitar intro from Michael Puglisi and highlighted by a climatic outro solo from Connor O’Brien.  Between the two, we find Crossley playing the part of the murderer who wrestles with the guilt and disbelief of having just killed a lover.

Texarcane” (Rock)
Rollicking, southern-rock ruckus.

All Over and Under the Rhine” (Blues)
Ambling, shambolic, bluesy. French Letters is aided by the tenor saxophone styling of Erik Patten and the sultry backing vocals of Kelly Young.

I Already Know How This Ends” (Rock Ballad)
The first single from the album is a slice of power rock balladry which ponders the seeming inevitability of relationships ending in heartbreak over a chorus of heavily arpeggiated guitars and some flashy tom tom work.

Cocktail Talk” (Ballad)
Gospel-inspired, a laid-back number featuring a harmonica solo and some tasty organ playing that harkens back to the work that legendary session organist Al Kooper did with Bob Dylan.

Goat-Footed Girls” (Spoken Word)
Closes with a short, spoken piece accompanied by bass player, Courtney Steitz, on ukelele.

CD Release Show @ High Dive

French Letters are excited to announce that we’ll be releasing our new full-length rock ‘n roll album, “No Evil Star“, on Friday, October 24th at High Dive in Fremont, WA. We’ll have CDs and T-shirts for sale. We’ll have special guests join us for a few songs. We’ll play old faves, songs from the album and there’s rumor a new song or two will show up on the set list.
RSVP at: https://www.facebook.com/events/1471920019741669/

Flyer art by Dylan Speeg, the talented artist who created the artwork for the new album.

Plastic Jet Airline

Last Saturday French Letters was a guest on Plastic Jet Airline, a fun new variety show based in Seattle. We can’t thank these guys enough for their great hospitality and the footage that they took. Check out the videos below and don’t miss our next single,
I Already Know How This Ends“, off our upcoming album due out Fall 2014.

French Letters @ Sunset Tavern 12/11/13

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.

Sunset Flyer 4