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“What makes the tour through The Map & the Territory enjoyable is the diversity it offers, which was crafted through the influences of 10 musicians. From up-tempo and twangy country tunes (“Lonely Tombs”) to gypsy-spirited jazz and waltzes (“Bury Me”) to even Mariachi rhythms (“Czech Xmas in Texas”) – the album weaves stories of death, whiskey, and small towns into a variety of musical styles. There’s even a little Irish punk leaning (“Whiskey Row”).”
“Whether you call their music klezmer punk or fractured folk, one thing is for sure - Chicago band Furious Frank is injecting a new sense of vibrancy into the music scene.”
"Eclectic" is really the operative word here. The band ricochets between folk and gypsy stomp faster than a drum fill. But they bring the same madcap, off-kilter energy throughout the work such that even if you don't love every song...you can't help but tap your foot or...dance in your seat.
“With a sound akin to throwing Gogol Bordello, Los Straightjackets, The Specials, and Ramblin’ Jack Elliot into a blender (I mean that in a good way, I assure you), Furious Frank creates music that makes you wonder why you never thought to put a ukulele next to a trumpet and add a dance beat.”
“Furious Frank is a group rather than one irate individual, and that communal spirit lends itself to an amiable vibe belying its surly moniker. The outfit's scrappy kitchen-sink concoctions easily rally an eager audience.”
“On The Hobocamp Mud Show, Chicago collective Furious Frank transports listeners to a random watering hole in the middle of America, where the year is uncertain but the music is magnetic.”
"Putting out an altogether appealing brand of folk rock is Furious Frank, a rhythm and horn driven group that is a distinctly American answer to Gogol Bordello…Every off key and disconcerting lyric is situated for full effect, and the results are assuredly fun."
"Coming at your ears with near-criminal intent, "The Hobocamp Mudshow" is a wild and wonderful offering of sonic roots-rock with a slight Caribbean twist."