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A clean-cut Hans Frank and his new band, The Smart Boyz


NEW BANDS TO WATCH Hans Frank (Glambilly, El Gallo) just launched The Smart Boyz, also featuring members of the Lower Class Brats and Bone Machine, described by Frank as “rock ’n’ roll, early Stooges, MC5-influenced.” Frank fronts the band, but it was actually the brainchild of EVO, bassist for LCB, who started thinking about the project in 2008. “I had wanted to start a band that encompassed a lot of my influences: hard glam rock, ’70s proto-punk and rock ’n’ roll,” EVO told SA Sound. “It’s been a rough road in finding the right people that [shared] my vision.” The band plans to record its first two singles within the next two months, film a music video for one of them and continue writing. Go to soundcloud.com/rock-n-rollerz and, if you like what you hear, catch their debut at The Mix on Friday, February 7, featuring the Bent Gents and the Lucky Odds.

The Oblio’s (a psych-garage band featuring the Rich Hands’ Nick Ivarra) will play Limelight every Tuesday this month. The instrumental heavies formerly known as Accord of Dissonance have renamed themselves as Remanon and will play Zombies on February 28 with Televators, Righteous Kill and Breaking Boundryz. 

NAT’L PARKS HAVE NO RECREATION The jazzy, avant-garde band used its free time to record a “pseudo-live album” titled As Live As Life Allows, which is the product of a live performance at The Circle School coupled with studio embellishments. The album will be presented with not one, but two sets at 502 on February 15 (others on the bill include Wolverton, an intermission DJ set by Trip the Light and Mission Complete), plus a show at the Mix this Friday with Royal Punisher. “We never intended to release this as an album,” Josh Glenn told SA Sound. “It all came together after Douglas Miles Clarke got his hands on the 37-minute audio recording … and started doctoring up the mix. Douglas found me a few weeks later and gave me a copy of the mix (with just my guitar and some vocals). It sounded really good, but had all this extra space. That’s when we decided to make an album out of what we had.” Glad they did: The album is a seven-track magic groove that grabs you and won’t let go.

BLACKBIRD SINGS AND FILMS Blackbird Sing has just filmed a video for “Manxiety” (included in Enemies From Years of Loving). The video was shot by Bleeding Heart Productions and will premiere in late February/early March. You can get a behind-the-scenes look on YouTube.

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