Caitlin Cook - Lead Vocals, Guitar
Wyatt Stone - Vocals, Electric Guitar
Gregory Bunis - Baritone Saxophone
Kevin Urvalek - Drums, Percussion
William Carrigan - Vocals, Bass
Daniel Thompson - Trombone
Connor Phoenix - Keys
Formed in July 2016 in Brooklyn, NY
Debut EP To Be Frank (April 1, 2017)
For Fans Of:
Lake Street Dive, Misterwives, Saint Motel, Fleetwood Mac, Arcade Fire
Debut performance at Webster Hall in New York (08/07/17)
Regularly performs at Rockwood Music Hall, Mercury Lounge, The Bitter End, Arlene's Grocery, & Bowery Electric.
After releasing their debut EP To Be Frank in April 2017, Frankly Benjamin immediately dived back into the recording studio and laid down five new singles. These will be released in the coming months. The first of these is "Moving Backwards" (released September 22, 2017).
Frankly Benjamin released their debut single "Old Friend" along with a debut music video in May 2017. It features a slew of their friends and NYC-based standup comedians including Dan Soder, Big Jay Oakerson, Sean Patton, Reformed Whores, Shane Torres, Will Miles, Giulia Rozzi, Nick Turner, Monroe Martin III, Mike Lebovitz, Ali Clayton, and more.
Frankly Benjamin is a seven-piece indie rock band based in 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, Rockwood Music Hall, The Bitter End, 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's debut single ("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.