Frasca paints sounds of life

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her new al­bum Sound Pain­ter, Dal­las Frasca set out to cap­ture the pos­i­tive and strong mo­ments she en­dured dur­ing a heart-break­ing split from her boyfriend. Frasca joined drum­mer Peter McDon­ald and gui­tarist Jeff Curran and says the band spent 2½ years per­fect­ing the record. ‘‘It’s all of our strengths – we put ev­ery­thing we have into that al­bum,’’ she says. ‘‘We recorded the en­tire al­bum live. We felt like we were mu­si­cally peak­ing.’’ While Frasca is the first per­son to ad­mit that Sound Pain­ter is a breakup al­bum, she says it’s also about over­com­ing hard­ship. ‘‘There is a song on the al­bum with the line, ‘you will have to punch me harder to knock me down’. That’s our phi­los­o­phy,’’ she says.’’ Frasca be­lieves her fans will re­late to the mes­sages in her mu­sic. Frasca fans raised more than $4500 for the band to record Sound Pain­ter, so the trio headed to New York City to work with Aus­tralian pro­ducer Andy Bald­win. When the al­bum was com­plete and the band re­turned to Aus­tralia their lap­top – con­tain­ing the only com­pleted ver­sion of Sound Pain­ter – was stolen. ‘‘I think what de­fines you as a per­son is how you han­dle sit­u­a­tions like that,’’ she says.

Dal­las Frasca plays The Sound Lounge, in Cur­rumbin with The Twine and Rick Stew­ard to­mor­row night.

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