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Locals Only Album Review: Francis Ward's Self-Titled Debut

Good evening folks!  I write to you today from the bustling confines of City Hall, where the public is fighting with the powers that be over a potential increase in utility rates.   There was a TV reporter here and everything!  It's very exciting!  It's like an episode of Parks and Recreation, but with way more sexy.
 
But I digress, let's get to some local music reviewing!  Today's edition is about the new EP from Fresno/Squaw Valley rock band Francis Ward!

Though relatively young, Francis Ward has managed to already make its mark on the local music scene.   Take a listen to their new EP and you'll quickly understand why.  Employing the well-worn sounds of laidback 90's rock, every song is immediately familiar and catchy.  Songs like the excellent “April Skies”, with its soaring guitar solo and earnest lyrics, imbues an authenticity that a scant few are willing to show.  Other tracks like the The Police tinged “Fragile Minds” and the easygoing “While Looking Down” similarly betray deep emotion within constructions that are well-worn and comfortable.  With only three years of existence under their belt, here's hoping Francis Ward sticks around as long as possible to make more great music.
For more information on Francis Ward, visit the following links:
The band is also in the midst of an Ernie Ball Battle of the Bands contest.  To vote for the group visit www.battleofthebands.com/u/FrancisWard

Cristobal Carrillo
June 13, 2013

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