Brian Powers and Nick Gunty
When Nicholas Gunty and Brian Powers put their songs and their voices together, there is a delicate and powerful magic that commands the room to attention. The duo is known as Frances Luke Accord, and they are what NPR's Mountain Stage calls "the definition of lean-in music." Their soulful, effortless branch of indie-folk is orchestrated with spare and sophisticated acoustic threads woven into a lush backdrop for their intimate melodies. Rich, up-close tenor harmonies lend their timeless songwriting an urgency that honors the Simon & Garfunkel comparisons but pushes beyond into the world of Bon Iver, Jose Gonzalez, and progressive folk music. Both raised in South Bend, IN, Gunty and Powers met and began performing together during their time at the University of Notre Dame. Their first release, Kandote, was a bold intercultural collaboration with the Barefoot Truth Children's Choir in Uganda, a not-for-profit effort which provides ongoing support to the choir to this day. Relocating to Chicago in 2013, the duo honed their songwriting craft while releasing two more self-produced EPs, laying the groundwork for their breakthrough debut full-length, Fluke, in 2016. This immersive, philosophically rich album set them off on their first national tour, which included support dates with Darlingside, Ana?s Mitchell, and The Ballroom Thieves. The duo's forthcoming release, Silver & Gold (January 25, 2019), finds Gunty and Powers exploring new territory as a distance band, writing and recording from their respective homes in Philadelphia and Chicago. With just a stroke of piano undergirding the duo's signature harmonies and acoustic guitar, the EP's second single and title track Silver & Gold (out now) unveils as one of the loneliest and solemnest in the band's repertoire. Such sparse and somber complement departs from the EP's colorful first single, Honeyguide, setting the duo up for a short but dynamic first major work in nearly three years.
What's up with the name:
Some street names around South Bend share the same name. FLA decided to use "Frances" instead of "Francis" to avoid to much Google confusion with the Pope.
Got anything recorded?
Yes here is a link to there most recent release that came out December 7th, 2018. https://soundcloud.com/frances-luke-accord/silver-gold
Tell us your future?
Big headlining tour in the USA starting in January. Looking to find an agent soon to work with on the 2nd full length album.
Next Show: The guys have a show tonight in New Jersey. The band has 4 stops in Michigan when on tour in 2019. Feb 5th in Traverse City, Feb 6th in Ann Arbor, Feb 7th in Spring Lake and May 11th in Jackson.