Couture, Couture, Couturergirl43, Release Date: 28/9/2004
This album follows the release of the debut Frausdots 7" single 'Dead Wrong' which received reviews in the NME, plenty of radio plays and a great introduction to the band.
After decades of musical experimentation in L.A. based shoegazer outfit Further, late-'80s Brit-sounding twangers The Tyde and seminal neo-psych folk legends Beachwood Sparks, Rademaker has finally taken the reins and created dream rock that's as deliciously rich and indulgent as he wants it to be. To fans, Frausdots may sound like a broad departure, but sexy, melodic nightlife pop has been coursing through Rademaker's veins all along. "I was always the psychic bassist who wrote the music," he explains. "If I hadn't been playing second fiddle in any band I'd ever been in, I would have made this record right out of high school. It's a return home for me…it's the first thing that's a sole reflection of my life."
Although the bulk of Frausdots' material was conceived nearly three years ago on a trip to Spain with Frausdots co-conspirator Michelle Loiselle, it wasn't until other contributors became involved that the album's sound became fully realized. "We decided to do this when we were just friends, but we fell in love in Spain when The Cure was playing a festival—we absolutely fell in love to the strains of that one set," Rademaker clarifies. It's fitting for both he and Loiselle (who, among other projects, is a backup vocalist on Guns N' Roses' Use Your Illusion II) that The Cure's Roger O' Donnel contributes keyboards to Couture, Couture, Couture. Among other members of The Tyde, Vocalist Ned Brower, (Rooney) guitarist Benjamin Knight (The Tyde/Beachwood Sparks), guitarist Corey Lee Grant, (Warlocks) Ric Menck (Matthew Sweet/Velvet Crush), drummer Hunter Crowley (Brian Jonestown Massacre) and chanteuse Mia Doi Todd contribute. Each player's unique and disparate stylistic touches enhance Frausdots' chocolate-rich metropolitan tales immeasurably. "There's a big blur between drugs, music and fashion in the city, and we were stuck in it all," says Rademaker.
Q 3*** review running in issue out early November
NME - on the stereo
Plays on XFM / BBC 6
Jane Gazzo, presenter, BBC 6 Music Dream Ticket FRAUSDOTS COUTURE COUTURE COUTURE "This record has been receiving a really great response from both 6 Music listeners and the 6 Music office. Brent Rademaker was formerly in Beachwood Sparks and this is his heart-on-his-sleeve project. Think updated Echo & The Bunnymen. I had to pick my jaw up from the floor after we played Dead Wrong on the Dream Ticket. It is beautiful stuff."
Music Week 09.10.04
Drawing from early '80s rock recordings where new methodologies transformed analog equipment and instrumentation into an entirely different animal altogether, Frausdots aimed to create an album "in the vain of classic Echo and the Bunnymen…dark, rough, but precise."
- Dead Wrong
- Fashion Death Trends
- The Extremists
- Soft Light
- A Go-See
- Broken Arrows
- Current Bedding
- The Man Who Dreaded Sundown
- Tomorrow's Sky