by Bill Pearis
Longrunning Irish indiepop act The Frank and Walters are celebrating the 20th Anniversary of their debut album, Trains, Boats and Planes, with a tour where they'll play the album front-to-back. While the record actually didn't get a U.S. release, the band do currently have one North American show on the tour in NYC: Mercury Lounge on December 13. Tickets are on sale Friday, Friday, September 28 at noon with an AmEx presale on Wednesday (9/26) at noon.
UPDATE: Unfortunately the show got cancelled.
Despite releasing records only sporadically, The Frank and Walters have stayed together since forming in Cork back in 1990 -- with their sixth album, Greenwich Mean Time, released back in March. Like the majority of their music, it's wide-eyed, jaunty pop with singer Paul Linehan's distinctive warble (and wry humor) leading the way and is worth a listen. You can stream the album (as well as their debut) below via Spotify.
All Frank and Walters tour dates are below, along with the album streams and a few videos.
The Frank and Walters - "Indie Love Song"
The Frank and Walters - "Fashion Crisis Hits New York"
The Frank and Walters - "Happy Busman"
The Frank and Walters - 2012
Friday October 05th Molotow, Hamburg, Germany
Saturday October 06th Comet Club, Berlin, Germany
Saturday October 20th Walshes, Mitchelstown, Co Cork
Friday 26th October The Garage, London.
Saturday 27th October, The Louisiana, Bristol
Friday 2nd November, HMV Institute, Birmingham
Saturday 3rd November, The Ruby Lounge, Manchester
Thursday November 08th, King Tuts, Glasgow, Scotland (With Carter USM)
Friday November 09th, Academy, Leeds, England (With Carter USM)
Friday November 23rd, I Love Pop, Cologne, Germany
Sunday November 25th, Bunker Ulmenwall, Bielefeld, Germany
Saturday 1st December Wolverhampton Civic Hall with Ned's Atomic Dustbin
Thursday December 13th, The Mercury Lounge, New York, USA
Friday December 21st, Roisin Dubh, Galway, Ireland
Saturday December 22nd Whelans, Dublin, Ireland
Saturday December 29th, Savoy, Cork, Ireland