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Lukas Frank @ Troubadour 12/17/16. Photo by Derrick K. Lee, Esq. (@Methodman13) for www.BlurredCulture.com.
Lukas Frank @ Troubadour 12/17/16. Photo by Derrick K. Lee, Esq. (@Methodman13) for www.BlurredCulture.com.

“Born and raised in Los Angeles, Lukas Frank works as a busser at a ramen restaurant and makes music in his spare time.”

I always try to do a little research prior to shows when there are acts performing that I’m not familiar with, but there was very little that I could find on the first band to take the stage at the Troubadour on 12/17/16: Lukas Frank. In fact, the only thing I could really find, other than the relatively inactive social media profiles, was the “description” above from their Facebook page. I’m guessing that when Lukas Frank said, “We’re Lukas Frank. We’re not on the web, we have no social media presence,” he really meant it. LOL.

The six piece band, that also featured an additional female vocalist on a couple cuts, played a shoegazy set whose lush psychedelic sonics were accompanied by strangely intriguing video montages that seemed to bring a smile on the band’s frontman’s face every time he stole a glance of it over his shoulder. There were some odd interstitial audio clips (there was one about Verizon wireless rates) that played between songs that I struggled to understand how it connected to the music, but the auditory distractions hardly took away from the overall, laid back and relaxed mood that was being created.

For what– I’m assuming– is a new band, they had a lush sound that filled the room with a personable warmth. Lukas had a humble humility about him, and when he closed his eyes to sing, you could tell that he was falling into himself to let the melodies flow from his gut. Even when he had to switch to an alternate guitar midway during a song that lacked a strap, he got down on one knee, balancing the guitar on the other, intently strumming the chords, as if he was supplicating to the musical spirits of the storied venue for the ability to finish the melody out.

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