Debut full-length, Hatred of a Minute, in stores now via Long Beach Records Europe!
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I would like to welcome you into my world. A world where nothing is, as it seems, but everything is as it should be. Please leave all labels and baggage at the door; you wont need them here. This is not just another empty cry, begging you to conform to my rebellion, and its certainly not insincere drivel. The aim is to inspire hope, not apathy or pessimism. To create unity within the whole world, instead of labelling a certain scene as better than the rest. There is no room for segregation and elitism in music, much less in life.
Every once in a while, a so-called "ska" artist comes along who is effortlessly able to incorporate various styles of music into the genre resulting in the progressive transition of ska music to yet another level. Mighty Mighty Bosstones did it. Sublime did it. No Doubt did it. Frank & his Skunk Allstars are doing it right now.
Frank Lieseners band is called the Skunk Allstars; a rotating lineup of veteran musicians and producers. For close to 10 years, Frank has linked himself with professional and seasoned forces in the music industry, all of whom have been a part of the development of the Skunk Allstars at one point or another. The list of artists and producers Frank has worked with is respectable: Long Beach Dub Allstars (Musicians), Eddie Ashworth (Producer: Sublime, Pennywise), Mad Professor (a.k.a. Neil Fraser), Z-Man (Corn Doggy Dog, Skunk Records), Troy Fenton (Grammy winning, managed Men At Work), Miles Doughty (Slightly Stoopid), and the legendary Mark Berry (multi-platinum, award-winning producer for Elton John, David Bowie, Mighty Mighty Bosstones). The fact that other talented contemporary artists and producers want to work with Frank Liesener helps quantify his individual and unique ability to write, record, and perform music. All of this helped land a deal with EMI Publishing in the mid 1990s that continues to this day. But theres more to Frank than just that.
With a background in competitive skateboarding (EuroCup 1989), Tae-Kwon-Do, and playing nearly 2,000 live concerts in ten years, Frank Liesener is schooled in sports, eastern philosophy, and performing live music. It is without a doubt music that makes up the majority of Franks life these daysit is his calling. God has blessed Frank with both an innate music sense and the ability to truly connect with an audience. Consider the lyrical talent Frank demonstratesand how it resonates with kids and adults from all walks of life. Pair that with his natural born, instinctual songwriting abilityand you have a recipe for nutritious, delicious music. Franks fans often comment to this effect on the message board at the MySpace page for Skunk Allstars (www.myspace.com/skunkallstars), which just passed 46,000 "friends" as of February 20th, 2006. Skunk Allstars have a very devoted fan base on MySpace and have consistently placed in the Top 10 on the MySpace "Ska" charts for page views, song plays, and music downloads. Skunk Allstars are also consistently ranked "..1" by fans on MySpacecheck the Ska charts on any given day and youre likely to see them ranked right there on top by the fans.
A pioneer in the European ska and punk scenes, Frank Liesener has always taken liberties by peppering his music with multi-genre, groove-ability. Its what helps make Frank who he is. The new album from Frank & his Skunk Allstars is called Hatred of a Minute and its the kind record that defies categorization but demands radio airplay. The rhythms, hooks, harmonies, layers, and melodies displayed on Hatred of a Minute are off the map. There is no blueprint Frank is following as he irresponsibly but carefully blends reggae with rockabilly, rocksteady with hip-hop, dub with swing, and punk rock with jazz. The end result is a sound all its own---a stinky "skunk" sound of automatic dynamite thrilling your ears with wild, madcap melodies containing messages of empathy, hope, and resolve. The intense and vibrantly twisted art and layout for Hatred of a Minute was designed by Jason Cooper who has created designs for bands like System of a Down, The Donnas, and Henry Rollins. Common themes in Franks lyrics include perseverance, freedom, and extending a helping hand to your brothers and sisters in need. Its a serious symphonious feast for your ears, eyes, and mind on at least a few levels. The best way to experience all of the above is to stop and listen. So please take the time to give the brand new album from Frank and his Skunk Allstars a good, hard listen. Its called Hatred of a Minute and it can change your life for the better.
Frank Liesener is currently putting together a 40-piece orchestra with whom he will tour world wide in support of the release of Hatred of a Minute through American indie label Hairball8 Records. The new album is scheduled for a street date this coming Spring of 2006.