Suburban punk rockers The Frantic got together when the four members were 13. Since then, they’ve moved on from playing small-time parties and local shows to releasing a CD and playing two years on the Vans Warped Tour.
Lead singer Kyle Dee talked to The Chronicle before the band headed into the studio to record its second album.
The Chronicle: How did The Frantic get started?
Kyle Dee: The Frantic got started about seven years ago. We were just teenagers in middle school. We were playing a lot of birthday parties—me and a couple of other guys—and Brett [Hartwell] happened to be at one of them, playing drums, and that’s when we knew that we found our drummer. We [have been] practicing ever since.
The Chronicle: What music do you have out now?
KD: We put out a CD a few years ago. It is called “Audio and Murder.” We’re working on a new record right now. We [got into the studio April 7].
The Chronicle: When are you hoping to have that one out?
KD: We’ll be working on it for the next couple of months, so hopefully sometime in the summer. It’s hard to say a release date because I’m not exactly sure, but within the next couple of months.
The Chronicle: You’re on the lineup for Warped Tour this year. Have you done that before?
KD: Yeah, this is actually our third time doing it. We’ll be out for about two weeks this year.
The Chronicle: What’s it like on the Warped Tour with all the other bands?
KD: Warped is awesome for a band like us because you get to network with all the bigger bands. And if you’re a hardworking band, you can get out there and make all kinds of new fans who have never heard of you, just by being there and promoting yourselves. So Warped is going to be really awesome. We’re really excited.
The Chronicle: You guys are all pretty young. What’s it like playing Warped Tour and having an album out at your age?
KD: It’s awesome. We’ve been together for seven years already, and I’m not even 20 [years old] yet. We have so much time left to progress and get better at what we do. When we first started, we were only 13 years old, so when we were trying to play big shows or bar shows, it was always really awkward for us. But now we’re just used to it [because] we’ve been doing it for so long.
The Chronicle: What are your plans for the immediate future?
KD: We’re going to spend the next few months nailing down all the new songs that we’ve written, just getting them all on recording and getting them out to people. But then, by Warped Tour, we’ll be excited to put it out and to keep touring and stay on the road.
The Chronicle: Do you just do the band full time now, or are you going to school too?
KD: I’m not [in school]. None of us are, actually. We’re all very dedicated to this. We all decided to just put everything we have into it.
The Chronicle: What’s it been like just being a band full time?
KD: I can’t complain. I’ve got a pretty easygoing life. We practice a few hours every day, so it is like a job. We really put everything into it. When we’re on the road, that’s always a blast, but it’s hard work too, to be gone from your house for a few months at a time. As of right now, there’s really no time to slow down and go to school.
The Frantic will join the 2010 Vans Warped Tour from June 27 to July 8 and play the tour’s Chicago date at the First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre in Tinley Park on July 31. Visit TheFrantic.com for more information.