The Franklin Electric is formed and in 2012 go on to win a Nashville songwriting competition for the song “Old Piano”, amongst 8000 participating bands from around the world. Jon Matte then invites a number of friends and musicians in studio to create, brick by brick, his first album. A simple desire governs these first improvised sessions, to build songs of regret and hope that has the same emotional impact on listeners that it has on him. “This Is How I Let You Down” first appeared independently before being re-launched in May 2014 through the label Indica Records (Half Moon Run, Phantogram) and following some initial adjustments, The Franklin Electric settles on a core of musicians which includes Jon Matte, Martin Desrosby, Kevin Warren and Ken Pressé.
One show after another, The Franklin Electric expands their fan base with their alternative pop-folk style. Whether singing, behind his piano or trumpet, Jon’s personality and desire to connect with the people is reflected through his music, and it’s only on stage that the leader and his fellow band mates discover what truly consumes the music and lyrics. Now more then ever, music brings him to new heights, thanks to a loyal fan base: “A song is like a friend or a lover. The more you listen to it, the more you get an understanding of their complexity and it sometimes create this magical feeling that surges without us expecting it.”
After performing with Half Moon Run & City and Colour on their Quebec tour in 2014 the band set their sights to Europe for their first tour and then returns a second time to open for The Barr Brothers. As if the stars aligned, Ben Howard then offers the group a chance to share the stage on some of his shows in Canada including the historic Massey Hall in Toronto early 2015. With summer festivals in the horizon and a European release of “This Is How I Let You Down” scheduled for early fall 2015, the band is back in the studio to capture that lightning trapped in a bottle; the magic that started it all, that vulnerability and fragile state of mind that tormented them during the production of their first album.
The Franklin Electric is available for corporate events, private shows, milestone celebrations (birthday, anniversary), fundraisers, festivals, and more.