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INTERVIEW: Frances Luke Accord
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Thank You, Derrick Watson”? Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?
The song was written as an homage to Judge Derrick Watson for his effort to restrain Trumps travel bans.
Any plans to release a video for the single?
How was the recording and writing process?
-It was tough! We try to make all our music as honestly as we can, and this song is about as stark naked as we’ve ever been. It’s hard to write about personal vulnerabilities and not sound trite or saccharine. We demoed this song more than any song we’ve ever recorded in the past, trying to hone in on the right kind of expression and energy. We’re really pleased with the results, but it didn’t come without a struggle.
What role does Chicago play in your music?
Chicago is our home. Our fellow midwesterners seem to understand what we’re doing better than anyone… maybe even ourselves!
Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?
Yes! We’ve been culling together and demoing out our best work over the last several months in preparation for a new LP. With two writers, the process definitely takes a little longer than with a single artist. We put in a lot of hours trying to weave together our (occasionally disparate) artistic sensibilities in a way that makes sense, which doesn’t always come easy, but the reward is always better than the music we would make working alone.
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
How much political can we expect this album to be and what other themes will you be tackling on this record?
We’re really not a very political band; it’s just that politics are impossible to ignore right now. Even this song, a song that takes its title from a political figure, is not about politics for the most part. It’s more a song about compassion and empathy in the fabric of social life.
Any plans to hit the road?
-We’ll be touring the midwest in November and touring the South in January!
What else is happening next in Frances Luke Accord’s world?
We’re now a distance band! Brian continues to live in Chicago, while Nick has moved to Philadelphia to be with his partner while she finishes grad school.
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