CultureMap Countdown - 30 days, 30 Artists
Day 16

A throwback to Nineties melodic indie rock from Frank Smith

A throwback to Nineties melodic indie rock from Frank Smith

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Frank Smith   Courtesy of Frank Smith

Name: Frank Smith

Featured track: "Beaten Sacks of Death" featured on CultureMap's Texas Showcase Sampler

Country/City of origin: Austin, Texas

Genre: Rock

In one sentence: "Frontman Aaron Sinclair conjures the spirit of Sebadoh on stumble-stomper "How Many Ways," slurring his way through twitchy paranoia with lines like, "Bad ideas won't leave me alone / They want to know why I won't lay on the floor," before hollering "How many ways / Can we fuck this up?" over beer-bloated guitars. The foggy coda collaged on the end comes right on cue." - Spin.com

Why we chose them: Frank Smith's upcoming album Nineties is a pretty throwback to melodic indie rock, with slow, sexy hooks that beg for another listen. Featured track "Beaten Sacks of Death" sounds like it could be the next big metal hit, instead it's a chance to reconnect with a softer side of rock, without wandering into trite, overused phrasing or any gimmicks.

SXSW official showcase: Thursday, March 14 at Creekside at Hilton Garden Inn