Friday, February 8, 2013

Francisco The Man - "In The Corners"

Francisco The Man are a four piece from Los Angeles, California.
Not to be mistaken for a spelling mistake of Portugal The Man.
Since releasing their debut EP in 2010, they have only officially released three tracks.
One was perhaps the most underrated track on my entire 1000 end of year list count down. "Broken Arrows" that managed to come in at #17, which surprisingly still only has 2.700 plays on soundcloud.
On February 19th, the boys will release their "In The Corners" 7 inch.
The title track opens up with a faster riff similar to "1979" by Smashing Pumpkins, except then instead of drowning in Billy Corgan sorrow, the track heads in an upbeat direction.

The lead guitar doesn't settle for playing just chords, it weaves in between Scotty Cantino's vocals, which are a distinctively more male version of Brian Aubert from Silversun Pickups. The drum rolls and free use of the cymbals during the chorus really bring the whole band into a focused train of thought.
Structurally Francisco The Man are far less predictable and self indulgent lyrically than those previously mentioned influences.
The center of the track builds the movie dialogue banter, an element of tension that's released during the final minute and a half, where the downward spiral guitar chord progression and lightly repeated "woo-oo" play out as the reflective deep (making up in the rain) scene at the end of a movie.
I know when I hear a tight collective group going places. I felt this last year when I posted "Geist" here before Dive became DIIV.


Facebook: Francisco The Man
Bandcamp: Francisco The Man
For fans of: Smashing Pumpkins, Silversun Pickups or DIIV.