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John Frazier Not Waving But Drowning

John Frazier

On his latest record, “Brainclouds”, Brooklyn's John Frazier creates an adventurous album of music with confidently assured songwriting and performances at its core. His skills as both a singer and guitarist are displayed to advantage throughout these ten protean rock songs. He sings all parts and plays all instruments (including banjo, moog, ukulele, trumpet, and tambura) and engages the listener with a mixed bag of influences from calypso and country to jazz and avant-garde. There are many references, both literal and metaphorical, to the weather, temperature, and time, and the album (recorded and produced by Frazier) is ultimately a comment on their transient and cyclical natures.

In 2005, Frazier made his first solo record, “Outside”. The album attracted the attention of downtown NYC musician, Rebecca Moore. Moore tapped Frazier to perform with her chamber pop ensemble, Prevention of Blindness, and its stripped down offshoot, Harvey Mars. Prevention of Blindness toured the US west coast and parts of Europe. It was playing with Moore that Frazier met violist, Pinky Weitzman. She and Frazier were both forming bands of their own at the time and, recognizingone another as kindred spirits, each brought their talents to the others new project. Weitzman playing viola, violin, musical saw and singing in Frazier’s nouveau punk band John Frazier and the 8 Year Olds, and Frazier playing guitar, bass, trumpet, banjo, and singing in Weitzman’s junkyard cabaret Not Waving But Drowning.

The 8 Year Olds amicably disbanded in 2009 shortly after the release of their record, “Boogieman” (recorded and produced by Frazier). Not Waving But Drowning, however, has proven itself to have staying power - releasing their debut record, “Any Old Iron”, in late 2008 and their sophomore effort, “Processional”, in 2011. The band has toured the east coast three times and in the spring of 2013 will make their second tour of the west coast. All the while being regulars of the Brooklyn art party scene and performing in various venues around NYC. They are currently writing songs for what will be their third full-length album.