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West Franklin

Baltimore, MD

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The Band
Localband.net Member Since: October 27, 2004            Last Update: May 4, 2005
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Music types: 70s, 60s
We are primarily a cover band (although we have two songwriters). We cover a mixture of early punk/new wave and the music that influenced it such as 70's glitter rock,60's British Invasion and garage rock, and some 50's rockabilly. We also perform music by contemporary artists that exemplify these styles. The band's name comes from the street where Baltimore's first major original music club, The Marble Bar stood in the historic Congress Hotel.

Band Members:
John Spokus -- Lead Guitar / Vocals

1994-2004 Recorded 2 CD's(self titled debut- The Beltways '96, and Stella On Mars '98) an EP(Leftovers '01),and various compilation appearances(Fuzzy Logic,Night Of 100 Elvises, Bawdamoor) as member of The Beltways. Opened for numerous national acts like Jonathan Richman, Mojo Nixon, Old 97's,Gigolo Aunts and appeared at International Pop Overthrow 1999 in Los Angeles. 1992-1994 Played bass with Blunt Force Trauma a group that featured ex- Thee Katatonix frontman Adolf Kowalski on guitar, recorded "Superman"/" Monochromatic" single 1981-1992 Guitarist/Vocalist for Neo-Quasi, recorded Corporate Ladders (tape) and Live At The Marble Bar (tape) 1982.

Has also appeared live with Linwood Taylor Band, Landlords of Mobtown, Dreamcrash, Make A Face, Nobody's Darlings, and Noise Patrol

John also performs live on bass with urban pop singer Saturn and records with legendary psychedelic guitarist George Brigman.

Main Influences: 60's British Invasion,garage rock compilations, Elvis Costello, Alex Chilton/Big Star,Roy Wood/The Move.

Main Equipment: Guitars : Rickenbacker 620, Harmony Meteor, Fender Stratocaster, Seville Melody Maker copy,Danelectro '56 U2 re-issue. Amps: '65 Fender Deluxe Reverb re-issue, Fender Pro Junior (tweed), Vox Pathfinder, Line 6 POD Effects: Digitech Bad Monkey Overdrive, Vox Distortion Booster,Ibanez Tube Screamer


Bob Jones -- Bass Guitar / Vocals

Grew up near Boston, lost the accent, kept the attitude 20 years in the Air Force, Sergeant, lived on the island of Crete for 11 years Has a degree in Arabic and does NOT work for the USeless Government Writes screenplays, books and short stories "America to be interpreted honestly must be approached with love void of sentimentality, and not solely with criticism and irony." - Berenice Abbott

Basses - 50's re-issue Paisley Fender Precission Bass, 70's fretless Fender Precission. Amp - Fender 100B head w/ Fender 1-15 cab

Loves Jack Bruce


Joe Wilkins -- Drums Joe moved to Baltimore recently from North Carolina where he performed with at least a dozen bands since the 60's. He's played a lot of R&B and country and prefers Gretsch drums just like one of his favorite drummers, Charlie Watts.

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Latest News:
West Franklin are still looking for a fourth member,ideally a keyboardist who can double on guitar and contribute some lead and backing vocals.

Their Music
Original Music? Yes
CD Recorded?  Yes
Record Label: 
West Franklin Demo    
Their Contact Information
Alternate web site:  http://www.westfranklin.com
Contact Name:  John Spokus
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Localities: Maryland-Baltimore

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