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They reel you in with the easy-going opening tune, “Telemundo,” characterized through a catchy, casual folk sway. But as you dive deeper into The Map & the Territory, the sophomore album of Chicago’s Furious Frank, you embark on an eccentric and memorable journey with a welcoming – albeit slightly odd – collective of musicians as your guide.
– Betsy Glickman, Do312, 3/2012
Whether you call their music klezmer punk or fractured folk, one thing is for sure – Chicago band Furious Frank is injecting a new sense of vibrancy into the music scene.
– Eric Schelkopf, The Total Scene 3/2012
Payne is a funny guy, but there’s no way Furious Frank’s music could work without a lot of hard work. That kind of work ethic is apparent on songs like “Another Life,” and “The Coroner of Drifters Creek.” These tracks showcase a band that, for all their quirks, make truly orchestrated music that shouldn’t work, but does…it’s infectious.
-Ben Larson, Fort Wayne Reader, 5/2010
On The Hobocamp Mud Show, Chicago collective Furious Frank transports listeners to a random watering hole in the middle of America, where the year is uncertain but the music is magnetic… It’s familiar and unexpected all at once.
-Max Herman, Illinois Entertainer 4/2010
Putting out an altogether appealing brand of folk rock is Furious Frank, a rhythm and horn driven group that is a distinctly American answer to Gogol Bordello…Every off key and disconcerting lyric is situated for full effect, and the results are assuredly fun.
-Jordan Brown, IndieCollision, 4/21/2010
…Furious Frank is a group rather than one irate individual, and that communal spirit lends itself to an amiable vibe belying its surly moniker. The outfit’s scrappy kitchen-sink concoctions easily rally an eager audience.
-TimeOut Chicago 12/2009
Coming at your ears with near-criminal intent, “The Hobocamp Mud Show” is a wild and wonderful offering of sonic roots-rock with a slight Caribbean twist… A glorious romp from start to finish.
-Peter McGee, BluesBunny 12/2009