“Three Chords & the Truth”
A phrase has been often used to describe the rootsy songwriting style of Famous Framus. Born in Hamilton Ontario, he grew up fast on the streets of the “Gritty City”. As kid he was mesmerized by a man who would come to family parties and play guitar and sing old country songs at the kitchen table all night. This left a lasting impression. He cashed the first “real” paycheck he ever got and bought an acoustic guitar. A couple of years of wood-shedding the basics followed. He put the guitar down for the next few years to concentrate on working in a steel mill, breaking things, and generally raising hell.
Famous Framus picked up his guitar again in his late 20’s and began to get serious about songwriting and performing, playing shows around Hamilton and eventually from Ottawa to Victoria and all points in between. Famous Framus is a soul miner, a blues projector, and a truth teller.
street punk, part folkie, part hellraiser, part poet...he's from
Hamilton and bangs away on an old Framus guitar (we know this because
the logo is tattooed on his neck)...Famous Framus has a new CD and a
voice crying to be heard."
Graham Rockingham, Hamilton Spectator
Mortal Love, the latest CD from the Famous Framus Band,
the group unleashes and unique, edgy, powerful album...It's a work of
loud, rough, punk-like spirit that still manages to retain a
traditional country/delta blues sound. Despite the rawness of it, the
duo, which includes Famous Framus (vocals, guitar, banjo)
Gould (drums, vocals) show off
their great musical skills"
- HAMILTON BLUES LOVERS
"...this Hamilton band get it right...rough n' ready tunes...serves up
juke joint goods...straight blues no chaser"
- Darryl Sterdan Toronto Sun
a big, mean, drunken, country rampage, Famous Framus Band don't hold
back, but instead come out swingin' with a mix of punkabilly and blues."
- NOW MAGAZINE
making enjoyable music...never succumb to unintelligence...there's no
sign that the Famous Framus Band plan on falling to the tedious side.
Sometimes blues, sometimes rock or country...Down By Desire fits
comfortably between Black Rebel Motorcycle Club's Howl and the
United Steel Workers Of Montreal's Kerosene
& Coal. "
- CHART ATTACK
Framus Band's new CD, Down By Desire, is a frantic, remarkable, howling
- Graham Rockingham, Hamilton Spectator
of Social Distortion’s Mike Ness over a Jon Spencer type blues
explosion, Famous Framus raises the bar with his latest outing..."
- Ric Taylor, View
of feral punk-blues-rock...crank up the volume and blow your nasty
-DD Rocker, Rockin'
I do not think I have heard an album that defines and
sound of Hamilton so effectively as Eight Ball...a
blend of punk and blues that sounds like it was crafted together with
steel in east Hamilton!"
-Shain Shapiro, View
Framus took the stage dressed in a black suit, acoustic guitar
hand, and with a single spotlight providing
played a set of heavy blues, and watching him perform was like looking
into an old black and white photograph."
- The Silhouette
- Famous Framus - Off The Floor (EP) 2003
- Famous Framus - Rough Stuff (EP) 2004
- Famous Framus - Love Songs? (EP) 2004
- Famous Framus - Troubled Mind (EP) 2004
- Famous Framus & The Cafe Band - Live @ The Staircase 2005
- Famous Framus - Slim 2005
- Famous Framus Band - Eight Ball 2006
- Famous Framus Band - Down By Desire 2008
- Famous Framus Band - ...on mortal love 2011
- Famous Framus - Learn To Live 2016