Montreal-based alt-folk band The Franklin Electric are set to release their highly anticipated sophomore album titled Blue Ceilings on February 24 via Indica Records. Blue Ceilings is now available for pre-order and includes the new single “I Know The Feeling” and “Walk With You” as instagrat tracks. Listen + share “I Know The Feeling” here and “Walk With You” here or check out the sweeping teaser trailer for their upcoming release here. The quartet who have already amassed more than 2 million streams (Spotify, Deezer) will perform at the Horseshoe Tavern on November 24 and sold out tonight’s *Secret Show* at M for Montreal show in less than 24 hours. The band will head out on an Australian tour starting in January. Last month, TFE attracted newfound attention and a slew of new fans after their performance on The Bachelorette Canada during a scene filmed at Chateau Vieux-Montreal. See below for a full tour routing.
After their breakthrough album This Is How I Let You Down, the Montreal band returns with a highly anticipated second album, Blue Ceilings. Jon Matte (singer, songwriter, producer) had this to say about the upcoming release; “With limitations hanging over us all we found a way to allow this album the time it needed to take its own shape and personality. The cover art fell in our laps like a gift and worked so well with the album title Blue Ceilings done by UK artist Samuel-Burgess Johnson it complemented the feeling of the songs and sums up all the different learnings and challenges along on the way”
The Franklin Electric’s soaring and anthemic debut album, This Is How I Let You Down, was first released independently before catching the attention of Montreal’s Indica Records (Half Moon Run, Phantogram) who were blown away by the band’s sound. The label reissued the LP in 2014 featuring various remixes and two new songs to much critical acclaim for both their recording and their incredible chops live. Striking for both its stunning chord changes and mature musings of life and love, the title track’s video racked up over 250,000 Youtube views and counting, launching the band into the spotlight with a mature, full-formed sound beyond their years.
The musical mastermind behind The Franklin Electric, Jon Matte, came by his roots honestly. Matte grew up in a household brimming with music, with musicians, with Mom’s piano at the center of it all. Matte would go on to study jazz, weaving that into a love of everything from hip-hop to Elton John and ‘70s songwriting titans. Legendary label Verve Records soon called on Matte to remix a Nina Simone record. Hanging and learning from great engineers, he realized he could apply everything he learned to his own songwriting. After entering and winning a Nashville songwriting competition over 8000 other bands from around the world, Matte along with his “tribe” Martin Desrosby, Kevin Warren and Ken Pressé, hit the road to rave reviews spending 2015 playing over 180 shows from Canada to Australia – including 3 tours of Europe alone – opening for the likes of Ben Howard, Mumford and Sons, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes, City & Colour, and Half Moon Run. The driving force of a singer-songwriter became a brotherhood of the road.
More information on the upcoming album and tour dates will be announced when available. See below for links to the band’s official website and various social media platforms.
Upcoming Canadian Tour Dates:
11.18 – M for Montreal *Secret Show* – SOLD OUT
11.24 – Toronto, ON @ Horseshoe Tavern
11.25 – Stittsville, ON @ Rainmaker Brewhouse – SOLD OUT
04.01 – Montreal, QC @ Metropolis
Australia Tour Dates:
01.11 – Brisbane, AUS @ The Triffid*
01.12 – Melbourne, AUS @ Corner Hotel*
01.14 – Sydney, AUS @ The Metro Theater*
01.20 – Adelaide, AUS @ Jive Bar^
01.21 – Melbourne, AUS @ Howler^
01.22 – Hawthorn, Melbourne, AUS @ Sub^
01.27 – Byron Bay, AUS @ Beach Hotel^
01.28 – Brisbane, AUS @ Woolly Mammoth^
02.02 – Cronulla, AUS @ Brass Monkey^
02.03 – Newtown, Sydney, AUS @ Newtown Social Club^
02.04 – Newcastle, AUS @ Small Ballroom^
02.05 – Wollongong, AUS @ Red Bar (under 18 / matinee)^
02.05 – Wollongong, AUS @ Red Bar (18+ / evening)^
02.10 – Margaret River, AUS @ Settlers Tavern+
02.11 – Dunsborough, AUS @ The Pourhouse+
* w/ Half Moon Run
^ w/ Woodclock