Interview of Frank Hamilton at the Cellars - 10 May 2008

Interview and article by Aline Giordano

Frank Hamilton at the CellarsWhat draws me to Frank Hamilton’s lyrics is their simplicity, freshness and youth. ‘Two kids’, for example is reminiscent of the early songs of Conor Oberst from Bright Eyes. The same spontaneity about being young and in love filters through Hamilton’s songs.

“Two kids just holding hands and walking, the sparks fly since the minute they got talking. And it wasn’t like he thought it through. It came to him right out of the blue. But it felt right so he said it. I really really like you, I really really like you, I really really like you, I really really like you, quite a lot.” And then you have the sharper ‘This town’: “In a town where they dream the same dreams every night. And the same drinks they go down the throats of the same men. They laugh about things they’ve been over again and again. The repetition can alter your brain when your daily routine stays the same. And they don’t change their clothes and they won’t change their ways because there’s something quite safe about wasting your days away”.

When asked what his songs are about, it’s clear that Frank is not yet comfortable with playing the PR game. “They’re about life in general, drinking lager in the park with my friends, about what it’s like to be young and British and where we are. I get pissed off with politics and politicians. I get pissed off by girls, I get excited by girls.” Told you so, didn’t I?

Frank describes what life throws at him: the ups and downs of relationships, break-ups and daily routines on the back-drop of a disabused social British landscape. “Sometimes you write a song and you know exactly what you want to say before you start, so you sit down and it will come out and it will be pretty much finished... and other times you might have a little idea for a song and it might take days, weeks or months to get it right.”

It will be interesting to see how his writing evolves. At 22, Frank Hamilton has his whole career in front of him. “It’s early days. I’m not really where I’d like to be. There’s a lot more work, a lot more shows ahead”.

For more details, visit… Frank Hamilton's website

Photograph © Aline Giordano 2008