‘Lovedrug’ is the first taste of Frank’s upcoming second album, the brilliantly titled ‘Songs To Make Life Slightly Less Awkward.’ With clever lyrics and charming vocals, ‘Lovedrug’ has all the markings of a great pop song, it’s upbeat and instant, complete with a big radio friendly chorus as addictive as its theme.
“It’s a pop song about addiction,” says Frank Hamilton. “Which is something most of us have struggled with at times. I’m not talking about tabloid style, headline grabbing addictions like drugs, alcohol and gambling – I’m talking about anything and everything. Love, the internet, Candy Crush, ANYTHING.”
Three years after the success of his mammoth ‘#OneSongaWeek’ project Frank returns this June with his brand new album ‘Songs To Make Life Slightly Less Awkward’- A superb collection of eminently listenable upbeat indie-pop, bursting with potential chart topping singles, intricate melodies and the kind of honest, accessible song writing that’s already won him an army of loyal fans, since making his 2012 debut.
‘#OneSongaWeek’ began in Frank’s living room and ended with a Number 1 album on iTunes, featuring the likes of Ed Sheeran, Newton Faulkner, Jose from Oh Wonder and Lauren Aquilina. The ‘Best of ‘#OneSongaWeek’ was released in December 2012 on Frank’s own label with a marketing budget of £0 and has since sold well over 15,000 copies. ‘Flaws & Ceilings‘ was chosen as iTunes ‘Single of the Week’ notching over 100,000 downloads and becoming one of iTunes two most popular SOTW’s in 2012 (along with Emilie Sande).
His follow up EP, ‘Summer’ went straight to #1 in the iTunes S/S section and featured a cover of Teenage Dirtbag featuring Wheatus (the ﬁrst and only time they’ve featured on a cover of it since the original release in 2000). He’s since had two sold out headline UK tours including three sold out London shows, played at the likes of The Great Escape, Secret Garden Party, and British Summer Time Festival in Hyde Park, and most recently supported Scouting For Girls. Frank also has an annual Christmas Show, which has grown substantially year after year, most recently selling out Bush Hall in December.
In 2014 Frank began writing the new album, taking the same DIY approach he always has. “It was a weird, reclusive process,” says Frank. “After a month of ordering takeaway and living with the curtains closed I suddenly had 5 or 6 songs that seemed to fit together. The rest of the album came slowly but surely after that.”
Mixed by James Earp (Nina Nesbitt) and mastered by Robin Schmidt (The 1975, Two-Door Cinema Club), the new album is a big step forward. Whilst his first album was typically singer/songwriter and essentially a collection of demos recorded on acoustic guitar, the new album has a much bigger sound – “From a sonic point of view I hope it feels like the album was born in my bedroom, grew up in my lounge and then finished in a nice studio by professionals who actually know what they’re doing.”