North American tour begins in May, with European dates to follow.
We (Sub Pop Records, that is) are over the moon to announce that NYC-based band Frankie Cosmos has joined the Sub Pop Family in a universe-spanning type of record deal. The band, comprised of Greta Kline (vox & guitars), David Maine (bass guitar), Lauren Martin (keyboards, synthesizers & vox) and Luke Pyenson (drums), have been touring the world extensively in support of their 2016 release Next Thing (Bayonet Records) which received critical praise from the likes of Pitchfork, NY Times, Paste, Rolling Stone, DIY Magazine and many more.
Frankie Cosmos is currently working on new material and will continue to tour throughout the remainder of the year. They kick-off a North American tour on May 5th in Boston, MA, which includes a performance at this year’s Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago on July 14th. Additionally, the band will visit Europe for a series of shows July 28th-August 8th. (Current dates below.)
About Frankie Cosmos:
Originally the solo project of prolific New York City-based songwriter Greta Kline, Frankie Cosmos has blossomed into a four-piece band including David Maine, Lauren Martin, and Luke Pyenson.
The first studio release as Frankie Cosmos, Zentropy (Double Double Whammy), garnered wide acclaim upon its release, including New York magazine’s #1 Pop Album of 2014 and a Pitchfork Best New Track for “Birthday Song.” Recorded as a two-piece with Aaron Maine on drums, Frankie Cosmos began performing live as a three-piece with Aaron’s brother David on bass, and later as a four-piece with Gabrielle Smith on keyboard. The next studio release, 2015’s Fit Me In EP (Bayonet), combined Kline’s honest, lyrically-driven songwriting with Maine’s affinity for synth-driven production, and earned the project another Best New Track for “Young.” Lauren and Luke joined the group in late 2015 on keyboard and drums, leaving Gabrielle and Aaron to pursue their personal projects—Eskimeaux and Porches—and cementing the band’s current lineup.
The group’s most recent release is the critically-lauded Next Thing (2016, Bayonet), which has been praised for memorable lyrics that are both clever and concise, deeply personal and widely relatable; beautiful three-part vocal harmonies that enhance catchy pop melodies; and increasingly sophisticated instrumental arrangements that reflect a rapidly maturing band continuing to grow. The album received a coveted Best New Music designation from Pitchfork as well as exceptional reviews from the New York Times, Rolling Stone, and others. The band’s live show, honed during extensive touring of North America, Europe, Oceania and Japan, has also received glowing feedback for its mix of energy, intimacy and levity.
In their off-time, the bandmates of Frankie Cosmos practice a variety of other jobs and hobbies including textile design, food journalism, massage therapy, cooking, mixed martial arts, reading, painting, and petting dogs.
So now you’re asking yourself, “Okay, but what have The People been saying about Frankie Cosmos? Well, this for example:
Ms. Kline’s songs don’t last long, and neither does her imagery, but she can be exceptional at capturing how quickly frail things can break, taking devastating turns in just a couple of lines. [Next Thing review] - NY Times
Many of the songs (“Embody,” “On the Lips,” “Too Dark” and “Sleep Song”) on the album have appeared in acoustic permutations in past work, and they make the leap seamlessly. Each are marvelously well.wrought trains of thought, cramming existential questions into the banality of everyday moments and finding something beatific even in the plainest of things. [Next Thing review] - Pitchfork
There are no answers, no solutions to any problems, and no gateway doors through escapism, but for half an hour the record shines a light through confusion, and just for a while, it doesn’t have to feel like such a loss to be lost [Next Thing review] - DIY Magazine
May 05 - Boston, MA - Royale *
May 06 - Winooski, VT - Waking Windows Festival
May 07 - Portland, ME - Port City Music Hall *
May 06 - Kingston, NY - BSP Kingston
May 09 - Toronto, ON - Danforth Music Hall *
May 10 - Detroit, MI - Majestic Theatre *
May 11 - Grinnell, IA - Grinnell College
May 12 - Chicago, IL - The Vic Theater *
May 13 - Nashville, TN - Exit/In *
May 14 - Asheville, NC - The Mothlight
May 15 - Raleigh, NC - Lincoln Theater *
May 16 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club *
May 17 - Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Steel *
May 18 - Baltimore, MD - Ottobar
May 19 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer *
May 21 - Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Steel *
Jul. 14 - Chicago, IL - Pitchfork Music Festival
Jul. 23 - Hyères, FR - MIDI Festival
Jul. 28 - Brighton, UK - The Haunt
Jul. 29 - Derbyshire, UK - Indietracks Festival
Jul. 31 - Cardiff, UK - The Full Moon
Aug. 01 - Liverpool, UK - Magnet
Aug. 02 - Dublin, IE - Whelan’s
Aug. 03 - Edinburgh, UK - The Mash House
Aug. 04 - Manchester, UK - Band On The Wall
Aug. 05 - London,UK - Visions Festival
Aug. 08 - Primosten, HR - SuperUho Festival
Aug. 24 - Vancouver, BC - The Cobalt Cabaret
Aug. 25 - Anacortes, WA - The Business
Aug. 26 - Seattle, WA - The Crocodile
Aug. 27 - Portland, OR - MusicFestNW presents Project Pabst **
Aug. 29 - Arcata, CA - Outer Space
Aug. 30 - San Francisco, CA - Gray Area Theater
Sep. 01 - Tucson, AZ - 191 Toole
Sep. 03 - Los Angeles, CA - The Echoplex
* w/ Real Estate
** w/ Beck, Nas, Spoon, Whitney and more