If the name “Francisco Franco” sounds familiar to you, go give your high school world history teacher a pat on the back– Mr. Franco was the aggressive dictator of Spain for much of the 20th century. But this Philadelphia trio’s name comes from an amalgamation of its guitarists’ last names (Matt Franco and Rob Francisco), and their namesake seems pretty ironic given the chill vibe of “Three Cushion Champs”. Guitars meander and jingle on this mellow, stream of consciousness instrumental track, while the vid gives us a brief tour of Philadelphia. (Speaking of which, the City of Brotherly Love has been busting out a lot of good tunes and bands as of late– search the Hassle for “Philly” or “Philadelphia” and you’ll see what I mean.)
Anyhow, I’m digging this track– the relaxed guitars remind me a bit of Mac DeMarco— and look forward to listening to more from Francisco Franco. Their full-length self-titled LP, which includes “Three Cushion Champs”, is available from New Images.