Before playing a slew of European tour dates, Montreal folk-pop group The Franklin Electric re-released their stellar debut album This Is How I Let You Down on May 6th. You can currently catch the band touring Ontario with Matthew Barber here, purchase the debut here, and (of course) read our new interview with The Franklin Electric’s Jon Matte below as we discuss touring, downer titles, and meditation. Enjoy!
AMBY: Hello The Franklin Electric, welcome to our site. What’s the band been up to lately?
The Franklin Electric: Well right now we are in Toronto playing the Dakota Tavern tonight opening for Matthew Barber. We are his support act on his Big Romance Ontario tour. Then we are heading to Netherlands, Paris and London on June 18 for a few days. We then have some cool dates around Quebec in July and August such as opening for Half Moon Run at the Festiviox de Trois Rivieres, playing at the Festival d’Ete de Quebec, and the Hot Air Balloon Festival in St Jean Sur Richelieu.. a dream come true as I’m obsessed with hot air balloons since I was a kid..
AMBY: How would you describe each member of The Franklin Electric in one word?
The Franklin Electric: Liam Killen the drummer is like a deer, Martin Desrosby the bass player is proper, Johnny Griffin one of our guitar players and back vocalist is man of many voices, Jean-Sebastien LeBlanc our other guitar player is an oak tree, and me Jon Matte.. well Liam just called me a jack rabbit.
AMBY: You re-released your debut album This is How I Let You Down last month. What was the best moment you had while recording it?
The Franklin Electric: Playing a sold out show at Sala Rossa in Montreal. Everyone knew the lyrics and sang along to “This is how I let you down”. The band just smiled knowing people knew the song. This was the first show where the crowd all sang along.
AMBY: When it comes to the title of the album, what’s the significance behind This is How I Let You Down?
The Franklin Electric: I was told the title “This is how I let you down” was a bit of a downer, however it really was a phrase I couldn’t get out of my mind and the song itself had a magic haunting feeling. It really represented the mood of this first album perfectly so it stayed!!
AMBY: You soon have some upcoming shows in Netherlands and France! Do you plan to do anything special while in Europe?
The Franklin Electric: Watch the world cup soccer game in England. England vs Uruguay in a pub !! Its gonna be wild. Oh and our show on l’Espanade des Invalides (historical military museum where Napoleon was buried) in Paris is gonna be quite a special moment as well!!
AMBY: Which other artists from Montreal should we keep our eyes on?
The Franklin Electric: Diamond Bones and Johnny Griffin.
AMBY: What do you do for fun when you aren’t making music?
The Franklin Electric: Meditation and a good old soccer game is great for the soul.
AMBY: Lastly, what’s something about The Franklin Electric that nobody knows yet?
The Franklin Electric: New videos on the way and something really special for our new song “Alone”.
Thank you The Franklin Electric, for giving us your answers!
Interview by Alicia Atout | @AliciaAtout