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The Gemini Assortment

by Fran Banish

Critically acclaimed blues-rocker Banish releases a self-produced debut of retro-flavored alternative pop-rock gems: The Gemini Assortment.
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1. Live For You
4:56 album only
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2. Heart In My Hand
3:21 album only
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3. Hippie Dance
4:33 album only
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4. Save Me From Myself
4:49 album only
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5. Love Children Mystery
5:36 album only
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6. The Appetite Song
3:55 album only
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7. Edge Of A Rainbow
5:47 album only
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8. Ready Or Not
4:16 album only
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9. Heartbreak To Heartbreak
4:17 album only
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10. My Name Is Fran
2:41 album only
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11. The Sinking Of Good Hope
6:03 album only

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
FRAN BANISH HAS A SELF-PROCLAIMED MUSICAL SPLIT PERSONALITY: a love for blues and a love for pop music. And he intends to keep mixing things up. "I love the element of surprise in music," he explains. "I still remember the hypnotic effect jukeboxes had on me when I was 5. They could spit out a Beatles tune, a Jackson 5 tune, then some Chuck Berry. Every song was a wonderful surprise that drew you into the magic of the music."

A Chicago born, L.A. based guitarist, singer/songwriter, producer, Fran Banish is the roots and blues specialist at historic McCabe's Guitar Shop in Santa Monica. There, he not only guides up-and-coming guitarists, but he's also a blues guru for big-name artists like Keb Mo, Bob Dylan, Jackson Browne, and guitar coach for Brian Bell of Weezer, and Paul and Doug of Puddle Of Mudd.

The magic began when Banish got his first guitar at age 6, and his passion to perform still burns brightly 25 years later. In between, he turned professional performer at 14, jammed with many legendary Chicago Blues musicians, studied classical guitar at Northwestern, earned top honors in solo competition, and after college, recorded and toured with the progressive-pop band, Security. Joining McCabe's in 1989, Fran created a stir fronting such groups as The Elder Greens and Stung By the Gods. He also did stage and session work with Keb' Mo', Travis Tritt, Rami Jaffe of The Wallflowers, Dan Lavery of Tonic, Doyle Bramhall II, The Williams Bros., Megan Mullally (of TV's Will and Grace), Berry Oakley Jr., Chris Stills, and played lead guitar and co-wrote on Duncan Sheik's 1996 gold album. Continuing to contribute licks to commercials, film and TV soundtracks, Fran can be heard in the soon to be released feature films, "Backroad Motel", "Across the Line," which also features music by legendary Charlie Daniels, and in the trailer to the upcoming feature, "Private Lives" starring Gael Garcia Bernal.

IN JUNE OF '99, OUT OF OVER 1200 ENTRIES, BILLBOARD/MUSICIAN MAGAZINE VOTED HIM ONE OF THE 12 BEST UNSIGNED BANDS OF 1999.

Today Banish describes his own songwriting style as "soulful alternative rock." His self-produced 11 song CD titled "The Gemini Assortment," showcases his dueling passions for blues and pop. Its morphing moods spark comparisons with John Lennon, Derek and the Dominoes-era Clapton, Tom Petty, and Stone Temple Pilots. The album, released on the internet October '99, is slated to be featured with the opening cut, Live For You, in an upcoming independent film starring the late Michael Hutchence of INXS. The closing track, THE SINKING OF GOOD HOPE, IS FEATURED IN A LIVE PERFORMANCE SCENE IN DIMENSION FILMS' THRILLER, BEANEATH LOCH NESS. IN JANUARY 2001, THE TRIP-HOP REMIX OF SAVE ME FROM MYSELF WAS NAMED A WINNER IN THE 2000 JOHN LENNON SONGWRITING CONTEST, A NEW SONG, IT'S A BLUE MOON WAS A RECOMMENDED ALTERNATIVE CUT AT FARMCLUB.COM, AND IS INCLUDED IN THE UPCOMING FEATURE FILM, LEARNING CURVES. Fans are kept up to date at www.franbanish.com.

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