CHASE FRANK -- Guitar, Vocals, Writing -- Biography
Chase Frank is a Singer-Songwriter born in Long Beach, CA and currently residing in Austin, TX. She currently
performs with THE HARMS, a female trio with elements of rock, garagey-surf, and late 70's riffy guitar with stiff beats.
Her style is thick with both compassion and sarcasm. If
you like tales of woe with your rock and roll you'll love Chase Frank -- think Nick Cave & Tom Waits meets indie girl.
She grew up on Motown vinyl and J.C. Superstar. Her guitar hero is Nels Cline (now with Wilco). She strives to
sing like the great female black voices she grew up listening to: Nina, Billie, The Shirelles, Aretha and others.
Her compositions skillfully blend her fascination with harmonies & retro guitar tones with the honesty of early blues,
Frank recorded her 4th full length solo record with Producer / Keyboardist Ikey Owens (Jack
White, The Mars Volta, Free Moral Agents). The collaborators were many--Engineer Stephen Ceresia of Sunday House Studios (Bastrop,
TX) at the helm, vocalist Ahmad Jamal Butler (long distance band-mate since ('06), drummer Wayne Duncan & Cellist/Bassist
Steve Bernal make the album soar and dip.
Her earlier psych sound with lyrics about dark matter has grown into
a less autobiographical focus on the album "Smile Trials" -- a brilliantly executed mix of pop melody, dark psych,
and revelatory lyric including the song We Humans, she sings:
"We humans are messy we never come clean,
we whoop, we holler we don't know when to quit
can't stand the truth, denial all day,
we try and we
try, but it just won't go away"
With literary stories of Smile Trials in the USA, poverty, class, race,
and fitting in, Frank takes on the voice of a different character in each song. A friend tries to coax a girl to stop
turning tricks (Happy Go Lightly), a straight man turns into a night life junkie (Johnny Masterall) and a girl begs for human
contact in the age of the internet & false bravado (Space Invasion), and her most requested song--A girl finally professes
her love for the man that so openly accepts her, troubles and all (Sweet Apple).