Here’s a whole slew of photos from the amazingly awesome, singularly sweet show Fracture played on July 18, 2014. These photos were taken by Rachel Kotkoskie. Thanks Rachel, all the photos turned out great.
As I mentioned last week, Fracture reunited on Friday, July 18 to play a show at the Ruba club in Philadelphia. While tons of photos will be coming and additional video, I wanted to get these up. They were shot by Chris Zang. Thanks Chris.
The show was amazing.
In the movie Stand By Me, the narrator (played by Richard Dreyfus) comments (and I’m paraphrasing) that he never had better friends than when he was 12. And while yes, I would be willing to agree with that assessment on some levels I would add that personally, I have a similar affection for the people I surrounded myself with at age 21.
It’s easy to feel that way about the relationships that were forged during intense periods of development in our lives. During those periods each conversation seems to be some unique discovery. Each feeling and word, each shared moment seems to have a weight to it that cannot possibly be described. We’re bad-ass, invulnerable, unstoppable and undeterred. It’s impossible to even consider that those friendships may change over time. Someone might move away while another may meet a new group of friends. Some differences that seemed negligible might become insurmountable. Responsibilities, priorities and goals all establish a new order in your daily life. Over time, the routines you knew fade and new ones emerge and eventually, those relationships that completely defined you become old books on your shelf that serve as a reminder of the experiences that got you to where you are today.
Luckily for me, I still know many of the people that I consider to be so very important in my early development. Many of those friendships continue to evolve to this day building upon (in some cases) 30+ years of shared experience and friendship. So I could, let’s say, with but an email, contact all of them and ask if they would reunite their band Fracture for one night to play at my 40th birthday party.
Even luckier for me is that each of them would consider me someone worth doing that for and each of their relationships (strained by time, distance or life in general) would consider each other worth it as well.
So yeah, Fracture is reuniting and playing for the first time in almost 20 years this Friday, July 18th. It’s going to fucking rool. Check out the photo above to see the guys practicing! Atom snapped it last week.
Here’s the flier! And fear not, if you can’t make it, photos, videos, etc will be available soon.
Sometime in the summer of 2003, about 4 years after Franklin broke up, something brought the four of us together again to practice. While I don’t recall what the impetus was for anyone else, for me, I know that it had to do with really wanting to play democratically once again.
You see, after Franklin, I did a thing called AM/FM with my good friend Mike. And while we both had creative input in that band, it was certainly my responsibility to write the core structure of most of the songs.
At first, that was really liberating, not being in a band where all members had equal voice in how a song should sound. But after a few years of being the sole person responsible for writing, I definitely started to feel a strain on what I could do on my own. I missed that creative spark that occurs only when a group of people inspire each other to create.
So Franklin started practicing again. It was casual. No specific plans were made. It was just to enjoy the process once more or, at least see if we could enjoy the process once more. If anything came of it, so be it.
During this time, a friend was working on a compilation of Philadelphia bands that were around at the time. He kindly asked to include us on the release and with that, we recorded one of the songs we were working on. I believe we might have written a small handful of new songs but this was the only one to ever be recorded.
Franklin’s first LP, Go Kid Go would be the album of a million faces. Not because we wanted it so, but because it was a record run over by circumstance, mistakes, errors and miscalculations. However, almost 20 years after recording it, it’s another one of those situation where warts and all, it’s something I remember fondly.
After releasing Something Blue, Automotive and They Said it With Fireworks, Franklin set out to record and release our first LP. We had set our sites on launching another record label (having learned nothing from our poor showing with Elbohead) and dubbed it, Energy Network thanks to Jeb Bell’s name suggestion. Again, the goal was to document what we considered to be worthwhile music that was being made at the time. Fracture’s LP would be the first release from the label and we’ll cover that at a later date.
The second release would be the Franklin LP. As we were preparing to record, a fella named Mike Wessel from Toronto, Canada contacted us. He ran a record label called Workshop Records and was apparently, a fan of the band. He offered to help release our album so Go Kid Go would up being a split label release. I wish I could remember exactly how we hooked up with Mike, but sadly, it’s a blur.
We returned to Baltimore, MD to record with Charles Jamison and finished the LP over the course of a very short weekend.
Due to the upcoming Franklin/Fracture tour in the summer of 1995, printed record jackets would not be ready in time. So, we made due with second hand record sleeves that Mike Wessel mailed to us from Canada (details over yonder!). We slit them open, reversed them out and then glued then together again. Using a woodcut that I made with the name Franklin in reverse, hand stamped the individual covers. It was a long, long process made even more stressful by the actual LP’s not arriving at my parents house until the very day that we left on tour. I remember puking the previous night due to stress of worrying that we wouldn’t have our new record for the tour. That was fun.
Of course, we ran out of second hand sleeves so some folks who purchased the record on tour got a hand stamped dust sleeve with the insert tucked inside. Here’s one of those classy packages:
Eventually, upon our return from tour, we would receive professionally printed record jackets for the LP. However, what was not professional was the artwork. Sadly, once again, not having any idea what we were doing, the idea that artwork needed to be something called, “press ready” didn’t really make much sense to us. So, the cover that we thought would look brilliant (utilizing a cool piece of art that spelled out “Go Kid Go”, duct tape, photos from tour, etc) ended up looking like one of the ugliest LP jackets to ever be made available. You can see it at the top of this post. It was heartbreaking to have the cover turn out so poorly when we were so proud of the LP. Ah well.
Workshop Records would compile the Go Kid Go LP along with the Something Blue, Automotive 7″, They Said it With Fireworks 7″, additional demo recordings and a 4-track tune called Sunshine onto a rather impressive CD.
They would also, finally, give the Go Kid Go LP a proper record sleeve (below). This album was never made available digitally so it’s a pleasure to finally have it available for folks on this site. Hope you enjoy buzzing guitars, out of tune earnest yelps and life in snapshot.