Montreal-based alt-folk band The Franklin Electric have just unveiled the first track “Walk With You” from their highly anticipated sophomore album to be released next year. Listen + share the track here. The quartet who have already amassed more than 2 million streams (Spotify, Deezer) will perform at the Horseshoe Tavern on November 24 as well as some dates in Quebec before the end of the year. Earlier this month, TFE attracted newfound attention and a slew of new fans after their performance on The Bachelorette Canada during a scene filmed at Chateau Vieux-Montreal. Check out the sweeping teaser trailer for their upcoming release here and see below for a full tour routing.
The Franklin Electric’s soaring and anthemic debut album, This Is How I Let You Down, was first released independently before catching the attention of Montreal’s Indica Records (Half Moon Run, Phantogram) who were blown away by the band’s sound. The label reissued the LP in 2014 featuring various remixes and two new songs to much critical acclaim for both their recording and their incredible chops live. Striking for both its stunning chord changes and mature musings of life and love, the title track’s video racked up over 250,000 Youtube views and counting, launching the band into the spotlight with a mature, full-formed sound beyond their years.
The musical mastermind behind The Franklin Electric, Jon Matte, came by his roots honestly. Matte grew up in a household brimming with music, with musicians, with Mom’s piano at the center of it all. Matte would go on to study jazz, weaving that into a love of everything from hip-hop to Elton John and ‘70s songwriting titans. Legendary label Verve Records soon called on Matte to remix a Nina Simone record. Hanging and learning from great engineers, he realized he could apply everything he learned to his own songwriting. After entering and winning a Nashville songwriting competition over 8000 other bands from around the world, Matte along with his “tribe” Martin Desrosby, Kevin Warren and Ken Pressé, hit the road to rave reviews spending 2015 playing over 180 shows from Canada to Australia – including 3 tours of Europe alone – opening for the likes of Ben Howard, Mumford and Sons, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes, City & Colour, and Half Moon Run. The driving force of a singer-songwriter became a brotherhood of the road.