Frankly Benjamin, Twiga
217 E Houston St.
New York, NY, 10002
Doors 7:00 PM
This event is 21 and over
Frankly Benjamin is a seven-piece indie rock band based out of Brooklyn.
It was at Walter Reed Middle School in Los Angeles where Caitlin Cook (vocals, guitar) and Wyatt Stone (vocals, guitar) first met. The two twelve-year-olds became fast friends while singing and performing in the school. For the next decade, both separately pursued music, gathering stories and writing songs along the way. Then in the summer of 2016, fate brought the the two back together in Brooklyn, and they began writing together alongside Gregory Bunis (baritone saxophone). Out of this foundation, Frankly Benjamin would emerge, welcoming musicians Kevin Urvalek (drums, vocals), William Carrigan (bass, vocals), Daniel Thompson (trombone), and Connor Phoenix (keys) into the fold to fill out their ever-growing sound. And shortly after, the seven-piece Brooklyn-based band began to take the stages of such classic New York City venues as Webster Hall, Arlene's Grocery, and Bowery Electric.
With its members hailing from all over America and drawing from the vast landscape of musical influences, Frankly Benjamin embraces a fresh and formidable sound that is equal parts indie rock, soul, and folk. A gritty descendant of the Decemberists, second cousin to Parliament/Funkadelic, or great-grandchild of Fleetwood Mac, Frankly Benjamin effortlessly blends raw lyricism, resounding harmonies, and infectious melodies with echoes of classic soul brought to bear by the band's prominent horn section.
The band released their debut EP To Be Frank on April 1, 2017 & are in the process of releasing several subsequent singles. Their debut single from their EP ("Old Friend") describes an encounter between two old friends and the realization that they don't have anything in common anymore. Luckily for Frankly Benjamin and its fans, Caitlin Cook and Wyatt Stone were able to pick up right where they left off and then some. Life does indeed have a habit of coming full circle.
Twiga began as the solo project of multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Dave Lucas in a loft on Meserole in 2013. Originally conceived as a guitar-driven, poppy side-project, different musicians rotated in and out of the band, each leaving their own mark on the music. Now, with Jackie Perrone on bass, Justin Krim on guitar, and Nick Spizzirri on drums, the group pushes the original concept to create a unique blend of bright, catchy, enthusiastic power pop. After releasing their first EP “Fledglings” on vinyl via North End Records, premiering songs on The Wild Honey Pie, and landing on The Deli Magazine’s Best of NYC Emerging Artists Poll, Twiga released their latest EP Million $$$ Dream on cassette via Effortless Crush.