Unlocked: Download “Halfway Gone” from Katie Frank and the Pheromones’ Counting Your Curses

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Photo by Alex Burkett
Photo by Alex Burkett

Katie Frank is a singer, and a songwriter, but she’s not necessarily a singer-songwriter. In the past year and change that she’s been on the scene, the Philly musician has asserted herself a gutsy rocker and a true band leader. Hence the album Counting Your Curses, which came out last week, being credited not solely to her – it’s a Katie Frank and the Pheromones release.

The nine-track LP is rich in tones and tempos, leaning country-Americana one moment and switching to anthemic gang vocal rock the next. Frank crafted this dramatic ebb and flow with her long-time collaborator Josh Werblun, her co-Pheromones and with outside collaborators like Philly music mainstay Jim Boggia. There are moments of subtle sensitivity as readily as moments of brash aggression, and while the songs would certainly stand up should Frank decide to perform them by herself, the musical chemistry among this crew seems like that wouldn’t be a decision made hastily.

This week we’re spotlighting Counting Your Curses on Unlocked, The Key’s regular spotlight on new and significant releases by Philadelphia area artists. We’ll have an album review tomorrow, plus an interview and live band photos later in the week. Today we begin with one of the songs that best encapsulates the band-oriented nature of the record – “Halfway Gone” chugs across a Tom Petty style verse into a roaring refrain with thundering drums and a sea of voices. Those voices, that urgency, are necessary to the lack of emotion Frank chastizes in her refrain: “Give her something because she’s halfway gone / ambivalence has stripped her to the bone.”

Download “Halfway Gone” below all week long, courtesy of the band, and check back every day for more from Katie Frank and the Pheromones on Unlocked.

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2 Responses to “Unlocked: Download “Halfway Gone” from Katie Frank and the Pheromones’ Counting Your Curses

  1. Rob Baker

    Melody is alright – the singer sounds like she’s holding back quite a bit, and almost hesitant on a lyrical stand-point. The verses are also very repetitive rhythmically. Other than that, it’s about a 3 out of 5. Nice job.

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  2. Katie Frank & The Pheromones

    Rob,

    Thank you so much for your insight. We’ll do our best to make sure katie puts a little more balls into her performance next go around… Maybe we’ll get her to convince you she means it a little bit more. We also have recently been discussing removing all rhythm from our music so as not to be too repetitive; we’re glad you brought this up as it’s helped us make a difficult decision: We’re firing our drummer.

    Again, thank you for your time in helping us work out these obvious shortcomings in our music, we can’t tell you how eye-opening it’s been. Hopefully next time around, we’ll get those elusive Baker Scale 4th and 5th stars. Until then, Please submit your writing to Rolling Stone, we’re not sure they know what they’re missing out on.

    Sincerely,
    Katie Frank & The Pheromones

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