Pete Francis of Dispatch Solo

Pete Francis of Dispatch is set to release Iron Sea and the Cavalry
On Scrapper Records on March 18, 2008

Pete Francis
Pete Francis is a singer-songwriter based in New York City. He began his career with the band Dispatch. For almost ten years, the three members of Dispatch released four studio albums, a live CD, and a DVD under their own label, Bomber Records. They gained dedicated fans without the assistance of a major record company and became pioneers in the music industry, playing to capacity at major venues across the country and selling more than 600,000 albums. In 2004 Dispatch celebrated a remarkable eight-year run by performing a farewell show in Boston, MA. Over 110,000 fans were in attendance, making it the largest independent music event in history. Three years later, the band reunited at Madison Square Garden in New York City playing three sold-out nights benefiting charities to combat famine, disease, and social injustice in Zimbabwe. They made history once again as the first independent band to headline the Garden.

The music did not stop there. Pete Francis has created a soulful catalogue of solo music as well. In his songs a poetic tension exists between textured imagery and pure improvised rock and roll. A Pete Francis record feels like a ride from New York City to the coast of Maine. Sometimes his songs are weightless abstractions. Sometimes they tell the story of experience.

His most recent release, Iron Sea and The Cavalry, belongs in a classic jukebox that holds only your favorite records. From the pulsing single "Shooting Star and the Ambulance" to the dream-like journey of "Heavenly Boat," the album represents the work of a true craftsman. His lyrics and melodies evoke introspective reflections that grow deeper the more one listens. The record expresses Francis' soulful rock, folk and blues influences with layered instrumentation of B-3 organ, lap-steel guitar, mandolin, and a driving rhythm section. His inventive guitar playing and strong vocals draw the listener into a visceral experience.

Francis will begin touring in March.

[Published on: 1/23/08]

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funkypunk01 starstarstarstar Wed 1/23/2008 01:09PM
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Pete is a fantastic player, and an even better songwriter. his lyrics are always deep and have always amazed me. Great article!

ivers265 Wed 1/23/2008 01:42PM
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I've already got the album, and its fantastic

HoodooVoodoo starstarstarstarstar Thu 1/24/2008 08:16PM
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Pop those collars kiddies.

pornofunk starstarstarstarstar Fri 1/25/2008 06:51PM
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yeah pop your collar and grab your ankles...

Muffinman1 Sat 1/26/2008 06:55AM
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Although I really respect what they did and sccomplished, and the fact they they support trading of music, Dispatch always seemed kind of cheesy to me.

roberto767 starstarstarstarstar Sat 1/26/2008 11:15PM
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Yeah...Dispatch must have been an east coast thing because they are pretty much unheard of in California.

willie42o Wed 1/30/2008 03:15PM
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word muffin man!!!! i hear ya dawg!!! cheesy like mac and roni!!!

keep your ear out for my band "big willie and the 40 pimps" its got a 22 man horn section of striaght thugs keepin it real!!!!

Positive1 starstarstarstarstar Mon 2/4/2008 01:53AM
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Very interested in checking out Pete's album hope to hear em play @ NY fest sometime this summer. Dispatch was awesome there's always gotta be some smack talking clowns on jambase no matter what band it is. Find something better to do fellas :)


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