After all, it’s the Frank & Walters.
After all, they are a sensation and the The Frank and Walters are back and better than ever.
An alternative rock band from Cork, the band was founded in 1989 and named in honour of two eccentric Cork city characters.
The original band line-up included Paul Linehan (as vocalist/bassist), his brother Niall Linehan (as guitarist), and Ashley Keating (on drums).
Niall Linehan was replaced as guitarist in 2004 by Kevin Pedreschi, who was in-turn replaced by Rory Murphy in 2010. Cian Corbett joined on keyboard duties in 2005.
Signing for the Setanta label in 1991, the group debuted with the release EP1, and the lead track “Fashion Crisis Hits New York” became an indie hit. The follow-up EP EP.2 was released soon after, which was followed by the band’s signing to the Go Discs label where The Franks partnered with produce Edwyn Collins to record the Happy Busman EP. They found success in the UK, and following a tour in support of Carter USM and an Ian Broudie remix of the LP song “After All” reached the Top 20 in the UK singles charts, where it peaked at No. 11, and it also reached No. 5 in the Irish chart. The group famously appeared on the BBC’s Top of the Pops to perform the hugely popular singalong single.
After a long sabbatical which the band attributed to a “fear of music.” the group returned with Grand Parade June 1997, and the Indian Ocean EP later in the year. This was followed with Beauty Becomes More Than Life in 1998 and Glass in 2000. Setanta released a well-received Best Of in 2002. In 2004, Niall Linehan left and was replaced by a friend of the band, Kevin Pedreschi.
The band signed a new deal with FIFA Records, and released a retrospective triple album, Souvenirs, in October 2005. A further album, A Renewed Interest in Happiness, was released on 27 October 2006. The band released a comeback single in 2010 entitled “The Parson”, as part of their “Seasonal Single Releases” project, which saw the band release a single per season. “The Parson” launched as the spring season single, with “Let It Out” following in the summer, “The Clock” in the autumn, and a Christmas-themed “Song for a Future Love” in December.
The Franks (as they are sometimes known by fans) played a number of co-headlining shows as part of the “Reverberation Tour” in December 2010. They also toured several festivals in 2011, including Vantastival and Independence.
The band returned to the studio in August 2011 to work on a new album – released in March 2012. The first single from this album, entitled “Indie Lovesong”, was released on Valentine’s Day February, 2012 and was supported by a UK tour. Their sixth studio album was named Greenwich Mean Time and released in March 2012. The album was well received and supported by tours in Europe, USA and Japan.
In September 2012 The Frank and Walters undertook on a 20th anniversary celebration tour marking their debut album Trains, Boats and Planes, and in May 2015 released a single titled “Look at Us Now.”
The band embarked on a celebratory tour during October 2017, to mark 20 years since the release of their second album Grand Parade.
In March 2018, approximately 25 years after its original release, a cover of the Frank and Walter’s single “After All” featured in the TV series, The Young Offenders, and subsequently charted at No 2 in the iTunes downloads chart for Ireland.
And now you can see them live at Forest Fest, how fantastic!