Before discussing indie-rock siren Frankie Rose, one must ask: Which Frankie Rose are we talking about? The founding member of garage-rock acts Crystal Stilts, Dum Dum Girls or Vivian Girls? Or the Brooklyn-based songwriter rumored to be related to legendary hard rocker and mouthpiece for Guns ‘n’ Roses, Axl Rose?
The answer is both. “Why, yes. In fact [Axl] is my great grandfather,” Frankie Rose tells EW. “I only met him once backstage when his band was headlining a Metallica-Motorhead concert.”
This could be the truth, or it could be a heavy dose of Bob Dylan/Jack White-style self-mythologizing B.S. Either way, Rose is one of indie rock’s most intriguing new voices, and she’s coming to Eugene in support of yet another Frankie Rose side project — the 2014 release of Careers by Beverly, her recording project with Drew Citron. Does Frankie like the ever-evolving list of lineups?
“No, I would love to have a consistent lineup,” Rose says. “However, it is hard to get musicians to stick around. Most of them have their own projects, so devoting themselves to someone else’s project can be almost impossible.”
But what stays consistent throughout all of Rose’s work is a focus on the loud-soft dynamic of dreamy, shoe-gazer pop music.
“I’m told it is dreamy pop music,” she says. “So I will have to take everyone’s word for it. For me, it’s just a collection of sounds that I think work nicely together.”
Frankie Rose plays with Ephrata 8 pm Sunday, Nov. 9, at Cozmic; $8 adv., $10 door.