Monday, July 9, 2018

Single Review: FRAOCH COLLECTIVE Stockholm Sugar (Independent) by Dave Wolff

Place of origin: Long Island, New York, USA
Genre: Alternative rock
Release date: July 4, 2018
Having worked in the Long Island cover band Acme Dynamite, Heather Dawson, Marc Del Cielo and Gregg Gavitt are beginning to write original songs as Fraoch Collective. "Stockholm Sugar," the most recent single of the past four months, is an ode to love at first sight with a horror twist. Fraoch Collective's lyrical darkness is simultaneously overt and subtle. The theme of "Stockholm Sugar" is one of natural impulses leading to harrowing experiences with a lasting impact. Somewhat similar to Lydia Lunch’s horrid depictions on conflicting innocent and predatory natures ("Uncensored/Oral Fixation," "Smoke In The Shadows"). Stockholm Sugar is the tale of a lonely woman mistaking an assault as a romantic encounter, with tragic effects on her state of mind. The lyrics take you to a dark place, whether you feel for the speaker or are indifferent to her. It’s rare to hear this from a Long Island band, especially today when there are more tribute bands than original bands. Fraoch Collective goes back to a time where there was more original music in LI (bands like Voodoo Storm, Banglaa’s Dungeon, Absolut Drama, V.O.A. and Spiders N Pigs). Any band releasing material they created is a welcome diversion, and when it comes to what has always been expected of bands, Fraoch Collective is clearly not playing by the rules. Between this and their other songs on Soundcloud they make full use of their dissimilar influences from Acme Dynamite. What results is something recollecting Lou Reed, Beatles, David Bowie, Iggy Pop, New York Dolls, old Kiss, Blondie and Nirvana, depending on the mood of each song. Considering the current state of the local scene, there’s a need for Fraoch Collective on many levels. The amount of time they’ve been active musicians has no bearing on the untried thought of their songs. Purposefully or not, they show it’s never too late to recharge your batteries and do something from scratch. On some occasions I thought I’d gotten all there was to get from music, then suddenly heard of a band that renewed my appreciation. Fraoch Collective is one of those bands, and I hope they continue. -Dave Wolff

Heather Dawson: Vocals
Gregg Gavitt: Vocals, guitar, keyboards
Marc Del Cielo: Vocals, drums, percussion

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