When I saw the guitarist of Frantic! whip out a violin bow to use on his guitar, I knew I was going to be in for a good night.
These guys have stage presence. For those who couldn’t be there, Frantic! covers music by artists such as The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, The Rolling Stones, and Grateful Dead, all the way up to U2, Velvet Revolver, Green Day, and Stone Temple Pilots. But Frantic! doesn’t just play covers – they put a spin on their songs and leave a Frantic! signature on it.
For this show, the sound was smooth and the song choices classic. Amazing Grapes is a calm wine venue, not a rowdy bar after all. But that doesn’t mean Frantic! didn’t get people dancing; several fans couldn’t bring themselves to sit down and rocked the night away. Not only does Frantic! know how to cater to a venue (and Amazing Grapes is a good venue to enjoy a good glass of wine while listening to music), they know how to excite a crowd. Booking agents take note: When you book these guys, you don’t just get a band, you get all their fans. It is clear that Frantic! has developed a following.
The music was full of solidly good renditions of good classics. One example of Frantic!’s cross generation appeal was choice of Hard to Handle. A more mature crowd will love this Grateful Dead classic, but to my admittedly young ears, the rendition sounded more like the Black Crowes. This song is definitely a crowd pleaser, as were most of the songs performed by Frantic!.
The bottom line: Frantic! is an excellent choice of band to see for more mature audiences and young audiences alike. These guys are experienced and it shows – there is nothing gimmicky here, just full-bodied good music and solid sound. The sound would have you believe there are five people rocking the stage, not just three.