Melbourne upstarts Franjapan have taken lunch-time jams and high-school friendships to new heights with a blistering 2022 that saw them land airplay across triple j for multiple releases, sell 300+ tickets to a Gasometer Hotel headliner and accumulate 100,000+ streams across DSP’s. Emerging into 2023 with anthemic new single ‘Lucy’, the quintet blend reverberating vocals with shimmering lead-lines and pulsating drums to capitulate what is already a fevered following, into stratospheric fandom and beyond.
Inspired sonically by The Strokes, Sam Fender, and Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, Franjapan apply their own youthful twist lyrically, charging listeners through late night parties and sticky-floored nightclubs to draw together moments of all-nighters, spontaneous decisions and fresh-faced exuberance. Acting as a “snapshot of a moment in time” ‘Lucy’ is the type of track played the morning after, with hazy heads and fading memories, it is the soundtrack to conversations reveling in the night’s inanities.
Embodying their DIY work ethic, Franjapan self-produced ‘Lucy’ in their home studio, combining after singer Rhy White’s initial guitar chords and verses, pulling in their own elegant touches to complete the track. The band’s own Spencer Ward and Cam Trewin (Rufus Du Sol, Pierce Brothers, Kingswood) mixed the track, with William Bowden (The Living End, Haiku Hands, Gotye mastering.
Speaking about the single, Rhys Fraser-White explained, “The song was written about a night I had at a party. It’s simply an observation of the activities or values that are ever-present in the youthful nightlife. I believe the essence of the song is an attempt to capture the lustful innocence of our youth before its impending end. A snapshot of a moment in time.”
Rhys continued, “The guitar riff and chord progression came first. They’re heavily inspired by Sam Fender’s guitar playing (very tasty). We love Sam and his band. The verse lyrics followed shortly after. Once I had the riff and verse lyrics down, I showed Spencer the song and we constructed a chorus and bridge in a matter of minutes. We brought the finished song to Dennis, Oli, and Oscar who each added their own unique touches. The finished product is Lucy.”
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