Armed with enough fist-pumping energy to make listener’s arms tired and pop hooks sure to garner massive sing-a-longs, Chicago’s THE FRANTIC are poised to bridge the gap between the punk of Rancid and the pop of Fall Out Boy.
The Frantic crew may be young, vocalist Kyle Dee and guitarist Ian Farnesi are both barely 18, while bassist Chris Farnesi and drummer Brett Hartwell are the elders at 19, but after one listen to their November 2007 Sinister Muse Records debut release Audio & Murder, one would think The Frantic are seasoned veterans. In fact, Audio & Murder, produced by multi-platinum producer Mudrock (Riverboat Gamblers, Avenged Sevenfold, Godsmack), is proof that age means nothing in today’s music industry. Audio & Murder is full of adolescent angst complimented with addictive harmonies sure to get mosh pits in motion.
The Frantic have already received admirable acclaim from print, radio, and video markets. The band have been named one of the ‘100 Bands You Need to Know in 2008’ by Alternative Press, as well as ‘Best Band in Chicago’ and ‘Best New Artist’ for 2007 by Chicago’s Q101.1 (WKQX), beating out The Plain White T’s, Chevelle, Rise Against, Against Me! and Atreyu. The video for the title track, “Audio & Murder,” has been added to programming at MTV, MTV Latin America, and FUSE, as well as countless other retail, regional, and online video markets. In addition, the single “Audio & Murder” has been in rotation on national commercial alternative radio, XM, Sirius, and AOL Radio.
According to Kyle Dee, the band’s live show is the best way to get The Frantic experience. “It’s high energy. We get the crowd into it and interact with our fans,” he explains. The band have already rocked the Vans Warped Tour and Zumiez Couch Tour, just to name a few. With no intention of slowing down, The Frantic appeared at four showcases during South By Southwest (SXSW) in 2008 and three in 2009 and have nationwide touring plans through 2009, which include dates with The Plain White T's, Mayday Parade, Authority Zero, Scary Kids Scaring Kids, Bayside, Beat Union, and Whole Wheat Bread. The Spring of 2009 has them acoustically rocking 26 successive Hot Topic mall stores across the Midwest.
The Frantic have already logged almost a decade together. Yes, they have been jamming together since before they were in high school and have no intention of slowing down. They want to build their fanbase the old fashioned way; by writing memorable and catchy tunes, putting on an unforgettable rock show, and then shaking hands afterwards. Armed with D.I.Y. determination, undeniable talent, and an ability to get the attention of music fans and critics alike, The Frantic are poised to be rock ‘n’ roll’s next household name.