On My Playlist: Top 5 Frame Janko songs

The Jozi indie rock three-piece, Frame Janko, recently released their debut album, Eyes on Fire to rave reviews. The band is one of the new guns on the scene and, thus far, has been right on target with their ‘less is more’ approach, which is filled with catchy hooks and groovy melodies. The band consists of Levon Lock (vocals and guitar), Bradley Roberts (bass) and Gary Wright (drums).
Honourable Mentions: ‘Saturday’, ‘Guilty’, ‘Not Your Playground’.
5. Smoke Signals
A high-pitched guitar melody from Lock gets this song on track and the combination of the bass riff from Roberts and drums, Wright takes this song to the next level in the verse. Lock’s melodic voice works perfectly against this groovy backdrop as the chorus dishes out more of the same. This is one of my favourite tracks from Eyes on Fire, mainly based on its unique and different sound as compared to the other tracks. The main riff also gets spruced up, here and there, with the bass and drums reaching a high point in the bridge. A really cool song that will give you a great idea of what Frame Janko is all about.
4. Nostalgia
The guitar work in this track has to be commended and its sound creates a great balance between the instruments and Lock’s voice. The guitar riff after the first verse is absolutely golden and the layoff between the guitar and the drums and bass in the second verse is a great example of keeping things simple. The ‘oooh ohhhs’ from Lock also add something unique to this stellar track. One of my favourites on the album.
3. Fire In Your Eyes
The indie rock riffs are strong in this track with the bass guitar and electric guitar playing the same pattern to give the song a bold sound. The track also has a blues feel to it which, to me, gives this song its soul. This is probably one the band’s best riffs and will definitely be an instant hit among its fans. The riff is simple but constant and that is where the magic lies. Its grooviness can’t be underestimated, either. The lyrics, ‘I tried and tried but can’t seem to get your attention. I might as well be talking to the wall,’ are the type of lyrics that anyone can relate to and showcase the band’s straight-to-the-point approach.
2. Keep Her
This was the lead single from the album and the first introduction to the band. The main guitar riff and drum intro are the two most recognisable parts of the song, alongside the energetic and catchy chorus.
The bass also shines on this track with Roberts showing his skills with a groovy lick in the verses. The lyrics, ‘I want her, but I don’t need her,’ will stick in your head and the repeated ‘I know you won’t be going anywhere,’ are examples of how keeping things simple lends itself to brilliance. The song has a great flow to it and the bridge with a short lead guitar part and distorted guitar riffs end it off in the right way.

1.Small Talk
‘Are you talking to me or are you talking to my brother?’ sings vocalist, Levon Lock to open this track before a barraging bass riff and frenzied guitar strumming adds the needed spice to the song. The bass sounds so clean and dominant on this track and is one of the reasons I just fell in love with it.
The riff is fantastic and just carries the song’s foundation perfectly. The hi-hat work from Wright in this number is also one of the highlights. The drumming is fast, frenetic and hits all the right notes.

Wouter Pienaar
Sport Journalist

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