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First Listen: A. Sinclair

Frank Smith frontman’s ode, ‘Pretty Girls in Pretty Tights’

By Kevin Curtin, 4:20PM, Mon. May. 19

Alias Smith & Jones: Frank Smith the band, photographed last year in Austin. Aaron Sinclair sits at the far left.
Alias Smith & Jones: Frank Smith the band, photographed last year in Austin. Aaron Sinclair sits at the far left.
photo by John Anderson

“It’s about an old man that stalks pretty girls in spandex. He’s going around watching them at the water park,” explains the song’s author, Aaron Sinclair. “I’m fine with it being creepy if it elicits a reaction from the person listening to it.”

The hard-driving, two-minute tune appears on Sinclair’s Pretty Girls EP, out this week. The six-song collection was tracked by go-to local engineer Danny Reisch at his Good Danny’s facility. Note the heavy breakdown at the 1:10 mark. That whirling howl is electric guitarist Ben Lance plugged into Reisch’s Leslie rotating speaker cabinet.

Sinclair, a Boston-to-Austin transplant who’s become a respected songwriter around town, has forgone his long held Frank Smith moniker for this release, issued under the abbreviated A. Sinclair. The band that supported last year’s Frank Smith LP Nineties remains the same.

“I’ve been running around under that Frank Smith name for 13 years,” shrugs Sinclair. “For a long time, it was all acoustic guitars and pedal steels and stuff, but the last two records gradually stepped away from that. This EP, being a full-on rock record, seemed like a good time to break away and retire the Frank Smith name.”

A. Sinclair hit KUTX’s Studio 1A earlier this afternoon for a live performance celebrating a dual EP release with Otis the Destroyer on Mohawk’s inside stage Thursday night.

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