Frankie Rose at Township | Concert preview
Frankie Rose imagines if the Cure were happy, or the Go-Go’s more melancholy.
And they say drummers are the numskulls in bands. Frankie Rose formerly beat skins in Vivian Girls, Crystal Stilts and Dum Dum Girls (another act fronted by a former drummer). The Brooklynite got wise and went solo in 2010 with Frankie Rose and the Outs. She’s too damn talented to stick behind Kickball Katy.
Now, not only are the Outs out, but so is the entire girl-group-gone-garage shtick. In with the glimmer and glass guitars. On her latest, this year’s dreamy Interstellar, she is harmonizing with herself in the stratosphere, floating on clear and bright keyboards.
Like a rocket on a hammock, a busy bass quietly fires off 16th notes behind mist and sighs on the delectable “Know Me.” It’s like if the Cure were happy, or the Go-Go’s more melancholy. An irresistible bliss runs through the record, heating up the simple sentimentality of girly ballads like “Pair of Wings.”
With a voice like white sunshine, Rose pillow-fights your mushy emotional center when she goes “Bum bah da dum dum.” Of course, the drums kick hard.