08/19 - 8:00 PM
Mercury Lounge - New York, New York
09/23 - 7:00 PM
Arlene's Grocery - New York, New York
10/27 - 8:00 PM
Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2 - New York, New York
11/18 - 9:00 PM
The Bitter End - New York, New York
Meet the Band
vocals / guitar
bass / vocals
vocals / guitar
drums / vocals
Frankly Benjamin is a seven-piece indie rock band based out of Brooklyn.
It was at Walter Reed Middle School in Los Angeles where Caitlin Cook (vocals, guitar) and Wyatt Stone (vocals, guitar) first met. The two twelve-year-olds became fast friends while singing and performing in the school. For the next decade, both separately pursued music, gathering stories and writing songs along the way. Then in the summer of 2016, fate brought the the two back together in Brooklyn, and they began writing together alongside Gregory Bunis (baritone saxophone). Out of this foundation, Frankly Benjamin would emerge, welcoming musicians Kevin Urvalek (drums, vocals), William Carrigan (bass, vocals), Daniel Thompson (trombone), and Connor Phoenix (keys) into the fold to fill out their ever-growing sound. And shortly after, the seven-piece Brooklyn-based band began to take the stages of such classic New York City venues as Webster Hall, Arlene's Grocery, and Bowery Electric.
With its members hailing from all over America and drawing from the vast landscape of musical influences, Frankly Benjamin embraces a fresh and formidable sound that is equal parts indie rock, soul, and folk. A gritty descendant of the Decemberists, second cousin to Parliament/Funkadelic, or great-grandchild of Fleetwood Mac, Frankly Benjamin effortlessly blends raw lyricism, resounding harmonies, and infectious melodies with echoes of classic soul brought to bear by the band's prominent horn section.
The band released their debut EP To Be Frank on April 1, 2017 & are in the process of releasing several subsequent singles. Their debut single from their EP ("Old Friend") describes an encounter between two old friends and the realization that they don't have anything in common anymore. Luckily for Frankly Benjamin and its fans, Caitlin Cook and Wyatt Stone were able to pick up right where they left off and then some. Life does indeed have a habit of coming full circle.
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