After much hullabaloo, build, anticipation, blood, sweat, tears, money, lust and lunacy, Melbourne’s Dallas Frasca is pumped to announce the official release of her sophomore album Sound Painter.
By the age of 18 Dallas Frasca was on the road, channelling all the sass and irreverence of Chrissie Amphlett and Suze Demarchi. Armed with power and torque reminiscent of Aretha Franklin and Betty Davis, her stand-out voice didn’t take long to get noticed. After developing nodules and being forced not to sing for 18 months, she turned her gaze to the guitar, and her evolution was complete.
In 2006, she won Triple J’s ‘Light Your Fuse’ competition from more than 500 entries. Her career exploded from there. Dallas won the 2010 Artist Of The Year at the Musicoz Awards and her album was voted in the top ten best roots releases on JJJ in 2009. She has also stormed the stages at countless major festivals (Big Day Out, Falls, Bluesfest, Pyramid Rock, Festival of the Sun, Queenscliff, Southbound, and a major French festival – Blues Passion Cognac). The bands tribal and stomping roots performances have earned them a large, loyal fan base.
In 2008 Dallas sang for Aussie alt-rock royalty Midnight Oil in Sydney, in support of Amnesty International. In early 2009 Dallas was invited to perform as one of seven artists from seven continents of the planet for International Earth Day in Montreal. It not only allowed her the thrill of holding a dialogue with fellow artists about social and environmental issues, but she caught the ear of Canadian promoters, who have invited her to return and tour there.
Dallas Frasca is a hard-working independent juggernaut who, with her band and this yet-to-be-released album, is carving her own path, both in Australia and internationally. The new album, Sound Painter – expect huge slabs of guitar riffage, skin-slamming drums and heavy and soulful vocals across an album of heartbreak, comebacks and rock-steady drums.
Get a dose of Dallas this Friday at the Currumbin SoundLounge.