Franklin got pretty lucky. Sure, we had already lost one bass player when Stavroula decided to head to Washington DC to attend American University but when Roy decided to leave the band, we thought we might have been sunk. As with any band, it’s inexplicable how certain people come together to form a band, it’s even more inexplicable why they seem to gel into a gang. So once you have a gang that does gel, losing a member seems almost impossible to recover from.
However, when Roy left we asked Josh Mills to play bass with us. Josh had played with Heel Nation and then True High Fidelity. We had become friends over a few years and without doubt, Josh was one of the most talented musicians we knew. Josh was hesitant to join at first, but I think we slowly convinced him to play with us. I don’t remember now what his hesitation was…maybe we were pretty bad.
None the less, Josh joining the band was incredibly lucky for Franklin as a gang and his bass playing again, without doubt, is probably my most favorite bass playing in the world. The guy can just play.
This recording was from a show we played in College Park, Maryland at the WMUC radio station. Once again, I don’t remember much about the show. We were not on tour at the time so it was either a one off show or possibly part of a quick weekend jaunt. However, the recording is particularly of interest because it features a song I completely forgot all about. It was called Thumbeling. We never officially recorded it which is a shame because, hearing this recording, I would have enjoyed hearing a proper recording of the tune.