Way back in early 2011, Fran and I finished the Seeräuber Jenny album. Much musical happiness abounded, artwork was created, plans were made. But underneath the shiny activity lurked a dark and growing problem, a clash between the pressured industry machinations of management and myself, and the hobbyist DIY ethos of Fran. As ambitions and plans were ramped up, it became more and more apparent that Fran felt she was losing control of her own project.
One major sticking point in the masterplan was Fran’s niggling doubts about the live show, more precisely that the band we had built around her, however musically solid, wasn’t a real band in the sense of being a bunch of mates from home. Which was obviously completely true, and it bugged her.
So Fran was given the summer of 2011 to scour her stomping grounds for a new live lineup, the intention being to pick up where we left off later in the year. The summer passed slowly by with the occasional reassurance from Fran it was going OK, but with nothing tangible to show for it. When we finally reached a point where we really needed to see something, she admitted she hadn’t made any progress at all. She had also come to the realisation over that summer that she had been much happier without the demands that we had been placing on her, and maybe she was better off without Seeräuber Jenny altogether.
It would be quite a big fib to say this wasn’t a disappointment. A lot of love and effort had been put into the project on the basis of what we had taken to be Fran’s commitment to it, but in the end, as the say, although you can lead a horse to water you can’t make it drink. So we agreed to call it a day.
Since then, I’ve gone back to the day job as Mint Royale, and Fran… well Fran has distanced herself from everyone else involved so we don’t really know what she is doing. I hope she is well and still making music. Maybe you know? But the one thing we agreed on at the end was that the album should at some point be heard.
And that point appears to have arrived judging by the fact I’m writing this. So here it is, either to stream or download, to transiently skip through or to keep and cherish. I might change my mind and take the download down at some point. If you like it, great, if not, at least it didn’t cost you anything, which seems like a good deal to me.
So, if you came to a gig, watched a video, bought a single, got in touch, worked with us, anything, we thank you. But for now, I’m afraid it is time to say auf wiedersehen.
Neil (and, in spirit, Fran)