Union 2112 Records
Montreal punk/pop three piece, The Frenetics deliver a solid collection of songs on “Grey Veins To The Parking Lot', the follow up album to 2001's 'These Mistakes Took Years Of Practice'(UNION013). The album was recorded partially in Montreal at Breakglass and Le Beatbox studios by Marc-Andre Beaudet (The Sainte Catherines) and Jace Lasek (The Besnard Lakes), and in London, Ontario at The House of Miracles by Andy Magoffin (Constantines, By Divine Right, The Hidden Cameras). Magoffin's recordings have become renown for their eccentricity and sense of space, perhaps due to eight years of working the same small live room and collecting the prepared pianos, percussion and vintage amplifiers that now live there. The Frenetics took full advantage of this, as can be heard on tracks like 'Holding Song' and 'I Can't Even Say Goodnight', two short bursts of moody punk energy. This environment didn't prevent the band from delivering the hook-laden power pop they are better known for, however.'Bullpen' and 'The Bitter Years' rock out hard and confident, with Winnipeg-based singer/songwriter Greg MacPherson helping out on lead and backing vocals. Perhaps the album's peak is 'Running Up', a song that blends The Frenetics' often darker lyrical imagery with their penchant for traditional pop song structure and dynamics. The song also features to firsts for the band: a horn section (made up of members of The Planet Smashers, Kobayashi and Parkside Jones) and a “real” guitar solo that would make Mick Jones of The Clash proud.
Together since August '99, The Frenetics have been hitting clubs, halls and bars across North America with their mix of 70's British punk and 90's American indie rock. They have shared the stage with such acts as The Weakerthans, The Buzzcocks, Thursday, Ted Leo & The Pharmacists, The Gossip, Moneen, The Delta 72, The Unband, The Planet Smashers, The Exit, Choke, and many others. Their current line-up includes Malcolm Bauld (guitar/voice), Alex Seliger (bass) and Anne Gauthier (drums).