HER LOVE FILLED THE ROOM: Love, Hate & DignityHer Love Filled the Room represents the current musical activity of Frances, formerly of Aurora Paralysis.
A personal project which grew into a band, Aurora Paralysis - like Louisville's Slint - helped define the sound that is nowadays described as "Slowcore." Her Love Filled the Room marks Frances' return to music after an eight year absence: in addition to the familiar guitar and piano base, she lends her distinctive style to banjo, accordion and assorted strings.
The full-length CD Love, Hate & Dignity is available now, and a CD single (Grady Lives on Planet Grady) will be released later this year.
These will be followed by innovative re-workings of old Aurora songs (Visiting Aurora), an all instrumental LPCD of more new material (The Three Spirits), and a tribute to the genius of Hank Williams Sr. and Patsy Cline (Calamity Frances).
A tour of the Deep South is set for Winter and she'll be visiting across the United States and Canada next Spring.
Raised in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, Frances grew up listening to Virginia Astley, Harry Chapin and Julian Cope.
Although formally trained in piano, most of the Aurora songs were composed on guitar in Richmond.
The band was part of the early 90's Richmond scene that also produced Eggs and Labradford (oddly, members of all three came together on Scaley Andrew's cover of "Girl From Ipanema" with Frances as Astrud Gilberto).
Following a series of successful seven inches, the band received interest from Downey Mildew's label in California.
Other commitments intervened, however, and Aurora Paralysis disbanded in 1993.
Other projects with which she was associated fall under the Eerie Materials umbrella: Eeyore Power Tool and Everything Eats a Squirrel.
From proto-Slowcore to Post-Punk, Frances returns, combining the intimacy of her first recordings with renewed confidence, a broadened musical palette and surprising production instincts.
Not so "pop" as Game Theory, nor so baroque as Rachel's, Her Love Filled the Room fills a musical niche you may have never known existed.
1. Drive On
2. My Secret Vows
4. Betty Blue & Billy Ray
8. Tied Around
9. Song for Dewey