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A few weeks' back we invited some of our best friends in this biz by casa Baeble for a casual kickback, featuring brews, a rather lethal lemonade concoction, and music from two bands we dearly love. Boy & Bear stopped by, fresh off the plane from Australia (basically). We thought the party needed some local representation as well...so we called upon our pals Frances Cone. They have been on our list of "gets" for some time...after a failed, rained out soiree we had originally planned with the band, our Bands and Brews Series seemed the perfect occasion to give it another go.

Our latest session, captured cool kid party style in the old Baeble basement, is a wonderful showcase of what this promising quartet do best. Thoughtful stories about love and growing old, delivered via a chalky, sensual croon, courtesy of singer Christina Cone. Her band - Jeff Malinowski, Andrew Doherty, and Alex Baron - offer gorgeous waves of accompanying harmonies and crisp, sentimental instrumentation. Songs from the band's set are pulled from their their current, self-titled EP and their full length, Come Back. Check out the set list in the video player and pick up either album HERE.

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He fell into the door way
At that old familiar place
He saw light around her figure
Smoke around her face
And they wondered why forgiveness only happened to the young
And stacked up on your brother
Was a lie he always told
It was a lie that had no meaning
But without it he was cold
And it knocked him out forever
But it sheltered all his days
And you asked why, oh why
Maybe you could be a better man
Maybe we could be something pretend
there
Wasn't another place
The best couldn't be this way
And the California breeze
Untucked my fingers
If soothed my weary knees
Made me feel so holy
But if these walls could speak
They'd tell a different story
Life, oh life
Maybe you could be a better man
Maybe we could be something pretend
there
Wasn't another place
The best couldn't be this way
There wasn't another place
The best couldn't be this way
And I lose a lot for you
On your porch or in your heart
It's cold as it gets
Why these walls make you content
Summer seems too lonely to try, to try
Maybe you could be a better man
Maybe we could be something pretend
there
Maybe you could be a better man
Maybe we could be something pretend there
Wasn't another place
The best wouldn't be this way
There wasn't another place
The best couldn't be this way
There wasn't another place
The best couldn't be this way
He held his heart so tight
And promised a long fight
'Cause he could not resign
To lose you
Winter's mild as well
To stand what he could touch
But still her mind could cut through
Wished him luck, he caved in
As if her eyes could save him
They shook off the smell of smoke
Always had to know
Too, ooh ah
Soon, ooh ah
Soon, ah
Cardboard life the lie
The sweetness of his fight
But you could never come back too soon
Well she said four days
Nothing left to say
Really out of place, they fell through
Wished him luck, he caved in
As if her eyes could save him
They shook off the smell of smoke
Always had to know
Too, ooh ah
Soon, ooh ah
Soon, ah
Ooh, ooh, ah, ah,
Ooh, ooh, ah
They shook off the smell of smoke
Always had to know
Too, ooh ah
Soon, ah
Soon, ooh ah
Soon, ah
Soon
He held his heart so tight
And promised a long fight
- One, two, one, two three.
Oh so closely
Carry all your time alone
That night you stole your heart of stone
Where you'll feel wiser
You'll feel wiser
Oh so closely
The outside of your room, now
Lightly we came in, we heard you then
Where you'll feel wiser
You'll feel wiser
You'll feel wiser
Where you'll feel wiser
You'll feel wiser
You'll feel wiser
You'll feel wiser
Come back, and I will love you better than that
Come back, I had to ask you to come back, come back
States I'm in don't show
Why your love's in full
And if your landmarks are waning down
Your arms are shaking
Come back, and I will love you better than that
Come back, I had to ask you to come back, come back
Recorded a lie, left true love for the masses
And with your hands on the table
And your gaze, unstable
Come back and I will want you more than that
Come back, I had to ask you
Consider darling what's the lives we'll pardon
We'll sweep you up, we'll sweep you up
Consider darling what's the lives we'll
pardon
We'll sweep you up, we'll sweep you up
Consider darling what your heart will pardon
If we're enough, if we're enough
Consider darling what your heart will
pardon
If we're enough, if we're enough
When she was 45
They gave her 40 years, 40 years to die Old is on the way, and setting sights
Too soon to die, we'll need more time
We're 85
But they put out so sweet
Color lands, overwhelming heat
It was beautiful, beautiful thing
I give a lot of good ways on...
Too feel something, we'll need more time, we're 85
We'll need more time, we're 85
And if you disappear, you'll disappear for years and years and years
And all the sounds you like to hear, the sounds you like to hear
So clear, we'll need more time, we're 85
Too soon to die, we'll need more time, we're 85
We'll need more time, we're 85
If it wasn't for you, I would go back too
If it wasn't for you
If your failures relief, oh you gave that gift to me
I would never be so easily
This place is too loud for you
It rattles your heart, it rattles the roof
A part of all
She'd always move so slow
Your pleasure for days, unmistakable face
A sight without sound, it made me lose count
Of what I had found
Oh, this place is too loud for you
It rattles your heart, it rattles the roof
This place is too loud for you
It rattles your heart, it rattles the roof
This place is too loud for you
It rattles your heart, it rattles the roof
This place is too loud for you
It rattles your heart, it rattles the roof
This place is too loud for you
It rattles your heart, it rattles the roof

Artist Bio

FRANCES CONE is a Brooklyn-based indie-pop band fronted by Christina Cone (keyboards/vocals) with Jeff Malinowski (guitar/vocals) and Andrew Doherty (bass/vocals). Their lush three-part harmonies and intimate understanding of each other as players and people belie the fact that they all just met within the past year in the borough in which they live and perform. The band has already landed on year-end "Best Of" lists from the likes of Daytrotter and Vanity Fair and performed at marquee New York venues such as Bowery Ballroom and Music Hall of Williamsburg. At once their sound is both enormous and intimate, huge yet familiar. Frances Cone is currently on tour in support of their new self-titled EP, which will be available April 29, 2014.

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