Only a few short days following the release of “The Sum of Who We Are,” Nashville, Tennessee’s Framing Hanley is confident that the new material is their best yet. Funded by fan support on Kickstarter, the group’s writing and recording process was a tumultuous one on the new album, with four years elapsing in between records as a result of legal issues, leaving their record label and a lineup re-shuffling. With all of that now behind them and with the strength of new single “Criminal,” Framing Hanley seems poised for a banner year.
Though their hard rock cover of Lil’ Wayne’s “Lollipop” officially put the band on the map reaching number 82 on the Billboard Hot 100, it would be unfair to categorically dismiss their original material which tends to breathe a bit of new life into a genre that is currently in a downturn. The new single only adds further depth to a catalog of tracks like “Your Stupid Girl,” “WarZone” and “Hear Me Now,” a fantastic rock song that never truly received its due credit upon its initial release. With the new album finally out to the masses, Framing Hanley is slated to do some heavy touring through the spring and as we’ll learn, continue to do so extensively for the remainder of 2014.
On Monday, May 5th, the band joins Devour The Day for a dual billing double-header at The Studio at Webster Hall with support from Starset and 3 Years Hollow and tickets are just $15. In anticipation for the group’s return to New York City, LocalBozo.com sat down with Framing Hanley frontman Kenneth Nixon for an exclusive interview. Listen in as we discuss the release of “The Sum of Who We Are,” how “Criminal” was chosen as the album’s first single, the pressure of putting out a record funded by fans, whether the band has any additional cover songs in the works, plans for the rest of the calendar year, performing in New York City and much more.
- Jane Van Arsdale