Independent Profile: Thrilling music from Cambridge punk rock band Frank Dux

Franck DuxTell us about your career, including your history, where you came from and how you started?
Frank Dux seeds were planted during our teenage years. Scott and I (Joel) had both performed in local bands and were involved in our local music community. Fast forward 10 years, and Scott and I got back to working together in a warehouse. We traded the typical “yeah, we should jam someday …” jokes for a few years, until one day I got the text “hey man, I have a jam room, you’re in it ? “

So in September 2015, with Chris (drums) and Ryan (bass), we started jamming covers of songs that we loved so much, and it was nothing more than a positive outlet once or twice a week. But at a jam downtown I played a little riff, and we all started coming up with ideas for what would become our first song 103 Queen St. W and that’s when we decided “I guess we’re a band” and we started developing originals from that point on.

The next step was to get a show, so on our way to see our friends Curbside’s album release, Scott approached the promoter (Zack “The Hair” Schaffer) and just said “hey I’m in. a band – do you want to book us? And the rest is history. Since then we have had the opportunity to play in southern Ontario and Quebec, have had some membership changes (Shawn has us joined on bass in 2018 and Kyle joined us on drums in 2019) and we continue to play fast and have fun.

How did you find the name of your band?
After creating our first original song, the next obvious step was to name our band – which isn’t a fun job. Lots of google and make sure you don’t trample on an existing group’s toes. So ultimately we picked Frank Dux – who is the character Jean-Claude Van Damme portrayed in the 1988 classic “Bloodsport”. At our age, we all grew up renting action movies on VHS – and that name just clicked. In retrospect, it’s a funny name for us, mainly because there’s a 50/50 chance someone will mispronounce it. We joked about doing merch with Ducks on it, based on how long we spent as “Frank Ducks”, but to quote Victor from Bloodsport, he pronounces “dukes” like “Like, put your dukes on. . “

Frank Dux dealershipsDo you have recorded music available for fans?
We do! So far we have released a 2 song demo (2016), a six song EP titled “Parts Unknown” (2017) and more recently the EP “Concessions” which was half a split with our vouchers. friends. Block parent called the “Grand River Transplit”. Most of our music can be found on any standard digital streaming service. However, if you want to dive deep into it all, you will have to visit our band camp.

We also have physical media (records, CDs, shirts) available through Pink Lemonade, Thousand Islands Records or contact us through social media.

How would you describe your music?
In other words – a product of a time. We all grew up loving the fast, catchy punk rock produced by labels like Fat Wreck or Epitaph in the late 90s and early 2000s. Other than that, we all have a variety of “no” bands. punk ”which we love and which we incorporate subtly into our songs – but at the end of the day, we like to play fast and sing things that are important to us.

What sets your band or your music apart from others?
Scott’s stage equipment? But in fact, it is a difficult question. I don’t see us unlike many of our peers still involved in fast music. Hope what sets us apart is that we really enjoy playing this music, and we are extremely grateful every time we play in front of another group of people. Whether it’s a “group show” or a festival in another province, right now there is no place we would rather be.

What do you like to do besides the music that contributes to your music?
We all have hobbies outside of music, but I can’t say that they contribute to the writing of our songs. Shawn builds things out of wood, Kyle works on cars, Joel makes plastic toys, and Scott is probably watering his garden right now, but Frank Dux songs are a beast in their own right. I would say our music is largely based on our life experiences and what we see in the world around us, whether good or bad.

Name your two biggest musical influences, and why?
Joel – As cliché as it sounds, mine is Blink 182. It wasn’t until I watched them play Josie on Much Music in 1997 that I had any interest in picking up a guitar. (You better believe it was on our cover list when we first started.)

Scott – Choke. Simply put, they changed the way I think about punk rock. Crazy time signatures, contagious melodies. It’s Choke.

Shawn – Bigwig and Pennywise inspired me to play faster, and Choke made me explore a technical way of doing it.

Kyle – Graham Churchill, watching him drumming at Belvedere, then all his subsequent projects made me put my hockey bag away and focus all my energy on the drum.

Who writes your songs? What are the main themes or subjects of most of your songs?
We all participate in the writing of our songs. Most of the time songs start with a member bringing a riff or skeleton of a song to a jam (or more recently via a demo sent via group chat) and at this point we refine the song and build the song. final structure. Scott and I sing the majority of the songs, so usually the lyrics are written by the person singing them. Our subjects are quite varied. We have songs that are stories of nostalgia, personal experiences, politics (these are Scott songs), but the theme that connects them is singing things that are important to us – whatever the subject.

What has been your biggest challenge as a group? Did you manage to overcome this challenge? If so, how?
If I had to name one challenge, maybe it would be to turn down opportunities. At the end of the day, we’re a bunch of weekend warriors. We love to play music live and hang out in the world, but we all have careers and families as well. So it can be difficult to find a balance between real life and hopping in the van.

What current projects are you working on at the moment?
As a band, we are working on composing songs for whatever our next release is.

Individually, Scott is working hard with his team on Pink Lemonade Records to release the next batch of releases and has joined as the second guitarist at punk / hardcore powerhouse Bad Egg.

Joel does his resin toy art under his Toxic Fumes Toys alter-ego and is also working on his side project Boltergeist – who has just released his first single.

Shawn is brewing some new riffs on a looper pedal and probably making a cabinet or two.

Kyle is working on a new album with his other band Curbside and is generally a jack of all trades and a master of most, so he can rarely be identified with a project.

Hopefully we will have some new songs coming out in 2022!
Facebook: FrankDuxPunk
Instagram: @frankduxpunk

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