Anton Franc

by Anton Franc

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‎"The earnestness and simple honesty float over an arrangement that I would describe as dream folk, resulting in a stunning track... It’s simple, yet there’s a dystopic element about it; something that is charming and disturbing at the same time." - 1146 Miles

Anton Franc's sound reflects the wanderlust and isolation that drew two city slickers together in the most unlikely of locations. This moderately handsome Australian musical duo was formed at the beginning of 2010, when Joshua Bowyer and Jamie Kuzich found themselves thrust into the remote Kimberley region of far north-west Australia under the guise of 5th year medical school. Within 2 weeks of arrival, the pair found their musical journeys colliding and in this seemingly barren environment, they discovered a hidden beauty, a shared love of the song and a desire to explore new musical directions.

After a day’s attempt at barramundi fishing, they turned to their instruments in an attempt to compensate for their failures as fishermen. Little did they know that this “quick jam” would turn into a 4-day writing and recording session that the pair opted to skip class in favor of. From these sessions emerged “Letting Go” - a beautiful song grounded in honest reflection and coloured with dreamy arpeggios. It was chosen by the pair to be the first single from the EP and later became a finalist for the 2010 WAM Song of the Year contest, earned its spot on various compilations around the world, became the soundtrack of 2 major European advertising campaigns and continues to receive regular airplay in Australia.

In late 2011, they returned to the Kimberley to produce an epic, playful and beautiful video clip with some of Perth's finest creative minds on board to reflect the birth of Anton Franc.

The debut self-titled EP featuring "Letting go" and 2011 WAM song of the year nominee "Memo", will be released online via iTunes & Bandcamp on November 7th.


released November 7, 2011

Written & Recorded by J. Bowyer & J. Kuzich in bedrooms & basements of Derby, Broome & Perth in 2010

All instruments performed by J. Bowyer & J. Kuzich except:

Drums on 'Oh, Darling' - S. Kuzich
Drums on 'Jessy' - D. Foley
Soprano Sax on 'Oh, Darling' - J. Trezona

Mixed by J. Bowyer
Mastered at Crystal Mastering, Melb, Vic in Jan 2011

Photo: J. Kuzich
Design: J. Bowyer

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Anton Franc Perth, Australia

From their humble beginnings as two medical students experimenting with sounds on the mud flats of Australia's north-west, Anton Franc have grown into one of WAs most interesting four piece acts.

Anton Franc have an emphasis on storytelling, decorated with eclectic and diverse arrangements - synths and horns are represented is equal numbers - covering folk, indie-pop and folktronic ground.
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Track Name: Oh, darling
Darlin’ what did I do to deserve this?
Darlin’ what did I do?

I used to laugh and cry a little more
when you were someone new.
But now I spend my days in alleyways
followin’ shadows o’ you.

And when I find a little piece of you
in someone else’s smile,
pretty soon I’m sittin’ on that bench
with you just killin’ time.

So tell me darlin’
what did I do to deserve this?
darlin' what did I do?

Oh darlin’ what did I do?
when I said I loved you?

I used to find this comforting
now I got things to do.
Guess I’m guided by convenience
I shoulda thought this through.
And the tales I heard when I was young
all did warn me good,
still I dug myself right into this
just like I knew I could.

Seems like I’m ankle deep in trend…

Track Name: Letting go
Rain on my window
trickle down –
capture the light of
daybreak in out of
dead-end dreams
sleep unaware it’s over.

shadows fall
bar them all –
dream once more.

They walkin’ on by
They walkin' on by
and wondering why?

Hardest part I know
is letting go.
When you see her down -
just say hello.

of street life
hammer home
loving goodnights - gone.

Bottled emotions
stream down cheeks
salty relief – exploding.

They walkin' on by
They walkin' on by
They walkin' on by
and wondering why.
Track Name: Jessy
Tearing apart her hotel
looking for somethin’ blue.
Jessy what y’ lost what y’ lost now?

Tearing apart her old life
breathing in highway fumes
Jessy what y’ lost what y’ lost now?

Ripping apart her lovers
Jessy what y’ lost what y’ lost now?
Lookin’ for someone new.

Jessy where y’ goin’ now?
Jessy where y' goin' now?
Jessy, where y' goin?
won’t you write me when you get there?

Drivin’ under the moonlight
breathing in cold night air.
Singin’ along to Elvis
fingers runnin’ through her hair.

Jessy are y’ lost are y’ lost now?
Track Name: The lady of the night
The colours slowly slip away -
rest for another day.

The lady of the night will come
and lay her hand upon
the shoulders of the land – so warm
sprinkle water for the owls who come
to watch over the child who sleeps – alone for now.

The lady of the night will come – and lay her hand upon
The lady of the night will come – and lay her hand upon

The lady of the night will come.
Track Name: Memo
You said that you were leaving on an outbound train
and that you loved me all the same.

You said that you believed me up on old easy street
when we were dancing to the beat.

You said that you’d forgive me for not building a dream
when to you a dream meant everything.

I said that I’d stand by you until all this passed
seems good intentions don’t always last.

But it’s all good you know I understand no one really knows
just where or how their passion flows.

Seems that a promise sometimes aint everythin’
still I ain’t gonna hold it in.

You wrote a letter – five years had passed.
and you put down all the thoughts of us that last.
and it got me thinkin’ – how typically you.

I heard somewhere you’re livin’ up on old easy street.
I Hope you’re dancing to the beat.