As the keys open up the record, there’s a feeling of melancholy within the notes. For a second you could be forgiven for thinking that a ballad was about to proceed. Then the beat kicks in. Then Franko Fraize arrives, and everything you thought you were getting changes up to present ‘Only’.
While a deep rock bassline rumbles from the bass guitar, flashes of drum and bass strike through via syncopated beats to reveal the whistling synths. Franko Fraize bounces in to action as his unmistakable Thetford tones begin their journey and his reality bars ring asense of truth as you connect to them, culminating in a break that intensifies the feeling deep within you.
Having previously played at the world famous Jazz Café, Radio 1’s Big Weekend and Wembley as well as supporting Rudimental and Mike Skinner, Franko Fraize is a seasoned performer and a master at captivating his fans through his lyrics. This year will see him perform live at one of the UK’s leading festivals; Reading & Leeds. A ‘salt of the Earth’ kind of guy, his lyrics are bold and courageous and his accent is always prevalent making him relatable and accessible. There’s an essence of Train Spotting about him with a nod to old-time family favorites such as The Specials and The Clash yet an after taste of The Streets, but despite his influences, Franko Fraize has a charm, a sparkle and a talent that makes him distinct. The one, the ‘Only’, Franko Fraize.