Swedish band Francis is ready to blow SXSW away with their unique brand of dark, brooding indie-rock. With a new album in the works and a self-titled debut EP just released, American listeners are just now getting a chance to hear what Swedish audiences have been keeping to themselves for some time. Combining incredibly expressive and captivating vocals with Spanish and European-influenced guitar and hypnotic piano texturing, Francis has put their finger on a previously untapped genre of music that is sure to make an impression this SXSW season.
Formed in a section of Dalarna, Sweden that has some of the least yearly sunlight in all of Europe, Francis originally served as an outlet for band members to escape the dreary weather and let off some steam. Now having developed into a full-time gig, Francis is no longer just an escape route, but an exciting and atypical Swedish rock band, a unique combination of folk, blues, and gypsy rock, or what CMJ.com called “folk-rockabily.”
Now, on their way down to Austin for SXSW 2010, Francis is excited to introduce their music to a whole new American audience. With a live performance that will turn the casual fan into a die-hard one, complete with lead-singer Petra wandering through the crowd as she sings, this is sure to be a big festival season for the band. Francis will be performing every day between March 17-21 at SXSW in Austin, Texas, and also at the Swedish embassy in Washington, D.C. on March 22nd. See below for complete tour details.
Francis Show Details:
2/24 – Agaton w/ Good Morning June - Uppsala, Sweden
2/25 – Sugar Bar w/ Good Morning June - Stockholm, Sweden
3/10 – Canadian Music Fest - Toronto, Ontario
3/17-3/21 – SXSW – Austin, Texas
3/22 – House of Sweden, Washington, D.C.
Download or stream Francis’ self-titled EP