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Svn Fngrs EP
Black Francis – Svn Fngrs EP
Tuesday, March 18, 2008 - 14:29
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In the last couple of years Blackie released a laundry list worth of releases which weren’t all that consistent. But the least you can say about the guy is that he knows how to keep busy. Allow me to introduce the latest piece of evidence. Cooking Vinyl asked the former Pixies frontman to record a B-side for a single and barely a week later Frank Black returns with a 7-song EP.

It starts off with the quirky and semi-annoying “The Seus” which sounds like Black’s take on hip hop music before heading for Pixies territory with “Garbage Heap” and “I Sent Away”. And then there’s closer “When They Come To Murder Me” which is pure Americana, another diamond in the rough.

The coolest thing about this EP is that it’s short. It sounds like the band was having a lot of fun in the studio messing around with another one of Frank’s ideas, running with it for a while then dismissing it and moving on to the next song with a completely different vibe. And it’s that ramshackle collection of ideas along with the sparse production that make this such a fun release! Oh, and according to the man himself it’s about a lot of nasty sex. And songs about nasty sex are never a bad thing!

Tom Dumarey
Tom Dumarey

Lacking the talent to actually play in a band, Tom decided he would write about bands instead. Turns out his writing skills are mediocre at best as well.