After years of tweaking their lineup, a near death experience, and a two year hiatus, Francisco the Man is poised to breakout in 2015 due in part to the recent release of their debut album, Loose Ends. The band consists of members Scotty Cantino (vocals/guitar), Nestor Romero (Bass), Abdeel Ortega (Drums) and the newest addition, Brock Woolsey (guitar/keys). In anticipation of their first trip to Durham, The Triangle Beat was able to learn more about the band in a recent interview with Scotty Cantino. Check out what Cantino had to say about their upcoming tour and more:
The Triangle Beat - Is this the band's first time performing in North Carolina? Motorco? If so, what is it that excites you about visiting the area and the new exposure in NC?
Scotty Cantino - This is our first time playing in NC. I'm just excited to experience another part of the country and play a show while doing it.
TTB - When did the band get started and what has the evolution been like for the band since it originally began?
SC - 2008, I believe. We are wildly different than what we started out as. Things have changed a lot over the years and we get bored pretty easily. You are constantly learning more, getting older, influences change, etc. You progress.
TTB - Was there a moment where the band realized that they were on to something they wanted to pursue full time?
SC - I wouldn't say there was a moment, we just really enjoy playing music together and it's been that way for a while.
TTB - What drives a band to keep making music even in the event of a two-year hiatus?
SC - Insanity
TTB - As musicians, what other artists have inspired your sound?
SC - All kinds of stuff. It's hard to narrow it down. Neil Young and Television are constants for myself. Musicians I've played with over the years have probably influenced me more than anything though. Especially my own band mates.
TTB - With the recent release of your debut album, Loose Ends, do you have a favorite track on the album?
SC - I like them all for different reasons. It just depends on my mood.
TTB - What would people be surprised to know about the band?
SC - We listen to a lot of Ace of Bass in the van regularly.
TTB - What's up next for Francisco the Man?
SC - Lots of touring and writing another record.
TTB - Thank you for sharing some information with us about Francisco the Man. We look forward to a great show in Durham in February. For those who may be hearing you for the first time at Motorco, what can they expect from a Francisco the Man performance?
SC - Bring ear plugs.
Check out the video for Francisco the Man's song, "Progress," and be sure to get your tickets for the show ahead of time by visiting the Motorco website. Tickets are $8 in advance/$10 on the day of the show. The party starts @8pm. Loose Ends is available for purchase at Fat Possum Records and iTunes.