MULTI-SKILLED: Montreal-based Jon Matte fronts The Franklin Electric.
MULTI-SKILLED: Montreal-based Jon Matte fronts The Franklin Electric. John Londono

The Franklin Electric will raise the ceiling in Byron Bay

CANADIAN band The Franklin Electric are emerging from the studio with a new album for 2017: Blue Ceilings.

The band is celebrating the Australian release of the album with a tour supporting fellow countrymen Half Moon Run and Victorian buzz band Woodlock.

The new single, I Know the Feeling, builds on the Montreal act's breakthrough song This Is How I Let You Down.

Frontman Jon Matte launched the act in 2014.

An Irish Catholic church choir upbringing was the perfect excuse for Matte to pursue studies in jazz, weaving both into a love of everything from hip hop to Elton John and 1970s songwriters.

Legendary label Verve Records called Matte in to remix a Nina Simone record and hanging with and learning from great engineers, he realised he could apply all that off-camera skill to his own songwriting.

"I come from a singer-songwriter-producer mindset," Matte says.

The rest of The Franklin Electric are Martin Desrosby, Kevin Warren and Ken Pressé.

  • At the Beach Hotel, Byron Bay, tomorrow Friday from 9pm.


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