Dallas Frasca has finished her apprenticeship and made her “first real album”
Currently touring with her new album, 'Sound Painter', Dallas is positive about being back on the road after more than two years off the scene. “It’s awesome; most successful tour to date. We've been on the road for about two months. Great feedback from the audiences and we're building crowds as well, playing to some bigger rooms. I think the hard work we have put in is paying off.”
The road to this point has had its bumps. The band had their tour earnings from a number of shows swiped at Melbourne Airport and were left short for the final production of ‘Sound Painter'. Fortunately their fan base was ready to swing into action, raising $4,500 in a matter of days. “We had the money stolen and then the laptop stolen, but you know it's just those crazy moments that help define you as a person. It's the way you deal with those moments.”
But from this negative situation arrived a positive response. “I really felt disconnected from our fans and it ended up that people banded together and raised all that money for us. For us it was really positive, it was like the fans were still there after all that time.”
While recording in Brooklyn the trio made the seven kilometre trip to and from the recording studio each day by bicycle. “You see all the cliché moments you might otherwise see on TV. It was just so exciting and incredible. Then you get to the studio and you've almost forgotten you're there to make a record. I'd love to live there one day!”
When quizzed about the people she’s found inspiring the frontwoman leans towards a figure from the past. “You know a big one is Betty Davis, her fucking music is so cool! It was so controversial at that time. She is the epitome of cool, you know? She was so sassy and raunchy. You know the reason her and Miles [Davis] broke up was because of an affair with Hendrix. It's so rock and roll!”
Dallas Frasca plays the Hi-Fi July 14, Soundlounge July 20 and Great Northern July 21. ‘Sound Painter’ out now.