We don't write about cover bands.......but one band we have experienced in recent years was something special......You may remember a Four Seasons sound-alike group that briefly appeared as 'The Franks'.. and their awesome version of 'The Night'...it is the best ever 'cover' version of that song and proved what we thought back in 2008...... that they are the best Jersey Boys cast members...EVER..notwithstanding the JB movie. Well you don't have to believe us even if you haven't seen that long lost video on our London JB tribute DVD. Although their JB contracts finished....and they disappeared from You Tube.......they haven't disappeared totally.
Back in April 2013 Philip Bulcock who played Nick Massi in Jersey Boys, London production, told us he had produced and directed a short film with the rest of the guys who played along side him when the show opened back in 2008, (Ryan Molloy, Stephen Ashfield and Glenn Carter). He told us then that whereas Bob Gaudio was inspired by a film to write a song, Philip was inspired by a song to make a short film.
That song is 'Everybody Knows My Name' (from the 'Working My Way Back To You' album December 1965) and the film bears the same title. Although none of them had the opportunity to appear in the current Jersey Boys feature film, they all feel his film kind of makes up for that in a small way. Not only did Bob Gaudio really like it but now we and the world have the opportunity to see it . NOW we can reflect on their extraordinary acting and musical talent as the film goes public. Click the link text above or here....
The film is so much more than the music in it and it captures perhaps 1965 and the desolate creativity of being 'on the road' as The Four Seasons.
Well perhaps it was a promo ahead of casting for the film....and even if it was it remains a stunning visual and vocal promo. But we believe this performance is vocally so good that they should complete their role as portrayers of `That 'Four Seasons' Sound' with a CD album. Their own sound is such a close modern alternative that captures the emotion and intensity in a way no-one has done in any sound-alike bands. Experience and judge it for yourselves. Some very authoritative music business people agree with our reaction.
This movie makes you want more....just like their London JB performances did.....their creativity and personality shines through......whatever they want to call themselves we want more