Not For Love Or Money - 2009

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    It's no surprise that "Not For Love Or Money", the debut album by Aussie roots/rock powerhouse Dallas Frasca has a sense of exhilaration and dynamics throughout. That's because Frasca and her partner in crime, Jeff Curran (guitarist) wrote the tracks during a heavy-duty bout of touring. "It was recorded in five studios around the country over an 18 month period - and was basically written to have an empowering impact on the listener," reveals Frasca. "Not For Love Or Money" lives up to that promise. It cuts a blue line through rock, roots, blues, soul and pop, while allowing Frasca to put a stamp on proceedings and add a sparkle to what goes down during her live shows. Frasca co-produced it with Forrester Savell (Helmet, Karnivool, Cog), and brought on board guest appearances by Xavier Rudd, Adam Weston (Birds of Tokyo), Jacob Mann and Liz Stringer, to provide greater depth and flavours. Frasca is more than a performer with fire in her belly. She is also a story-teller. For instance, "I Like You Better When You're Straight" (the first single) is about "those friends, usually cool and together, who suddenly morph into idiots when they're out of it - and we all know someone like that!" "Loaded Silence" was inspired by the time Midnight Oil invited her to play with them last year. "It allowed me to mingle with the activist minds of great songwriters such as Rob Hirst and Jim Moginie. The song reflects my realization there is a lack of documented truth about this country." The pop-tinged singalong "Til' The End I'll Walk Proudly" touches an issue that strikes a chord with her audience - "The overwhelming contentment you feel when you are with someone right. It doesn't matter what happens next.... this is the right time, right place, right person." Frasca was born in Adelaide but grew up in Wangaratta, the daughter of a truck driver and hairdresser who loved music. Records played constantly in the Frasca household. Then came that moment when it all kicked in. She recalls, "When I was 12 years old, I watched a film called 'Crossroads', based on the myth of Robert Johnson - music by Ry Cooder - and was blown away by the love, emotion and expression in the soundtrack of this film. I remember wagging school the next day and watching the film over and over again... that music is embedded in me. And it was from there that I got into heavy rock, metal and soul." By 18 she was on the road, displaying a sass and irreverence onstage reminiscent of Chrissie Amphlett or Suze Demarchi. Always an outlandish dresser, her bright red dreadlocks made her stand out (although they've also been purple, black and rainbow). The grunt in her voice was inspired by Aretha Franklin and Betty Davis. Then tragedy struck. She developed nodules on her throat and told not to sing for 18 months. "But it was actually a blessing," she insists. It forced her to spend more time listening to great records, and also teach herself how to play guitar. The players who inspired her guitaring - Duane Allman, Bob Brozman & Mississippi Fred McDowell - were those who had a penchant to break the rules. In 2006, she won Triple J's "Light Your Fuse" competition from over 500 entries. Her career exploded from there. Two songs hit the top position on MP3.com, she released an EP, major festivals invited her to play (such as Falls, Bluesfest, Pyramid, Festival of the Sun, Queenscliff, Southbound, and massive European festival (“ Blues Passion Cognac). At every festival, Dallas is always amongst the highest CD sellers. In early 2009 Dallas was invited to perform as one of seven artists from seven continents of the planet for International Earth Day in Montreal. It not only allowed her the thrill of holding a dialogue with fellow-artists about social and environmental issues, but she caught the ear of Canadian promoters who have invited her to come back and tour there. "Not For Love Or Money" is the sort of record on which each listener will find a highpoint moment. But it creates a solidarity with its audience because is made by a performer who quite clearly lives and breathes music. It marks an exciting new career milestone for Dallas Frasca.

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It's no surprise that "Not For Love Or Money", the debut album by Aussie roots/rock powerhouse Dallas Frasca has a sense of exhilaration and dynamics throughout. That's because Frasca and her partner in crime, Jeff Curran (guitarist) wrote the tracks during a heavy-duty bout of touring. "It was recorded in five studios around the country over an 18 month period - and was basically written to have an empowering impact on the listener," reveals Frasca. "Not For Love Or Money" lives up to that promise. It cuts a blue line through rock, roots, blues, soul and pop, while allowing Frasca to put a stamp on proceedings and add a sparkle to what goes down during her live shows. Frasca co-produced it with Forrester Savell (Helmet, Karnivool, Cog), and brought on board guest appearances by Xavier Rudd, Adam Weston (Birds of Tokyo), Jacob Mann and Liz Stringer, to provide greater depth and flavours. Frasca is more than a performer with fire in her belly. She is also a story-teller. For instance, "I Like You Better When You're Straight" (the first single) is about "those friends, usually cool and together, who suddenly morph into idiots when they're out of it - and we all know someone like that!" "Loaded Silence" was inspired by the time Midnight Oil invited her to play with them last year. "It allowed me to mingle with the activist minds of great songwriters such as Rob Hirst and Jim Moginie. The song reflects my realization there is a lack of documented truth about this country." The pop-tinged singalong "Til' The End I'll Walk Proudly" touches an issue that strikes a chord with her audience - "The overwhelming contentment you feel when you are with someone right. It doesn't matter what happens next.... this is the right time, right place, right person." Frasca was born in Adelaide but grew up in Wangaratta, the daughter of a truck driver and hairdresser who loved music. Records played constantly in the Frasca household. Then came that moment when it all kicked in. She recalls, "When I was 12 years old, I watched a film called 'Crossroads', based on the myth of Robert Johnson - music by Ry Cooder - and was blown away by the love, emotion and expression in the soundtrack of this film. I remember wagging school the next day and watching the film over and over again... that music is embedded in me. And it was from there that I got into heavy rock, metal and soul." By 18 she was on the road, displaying a sass and irreverence onstage reminiscent of Chrissie Amphlett or Suze Demarchi. Always an outlandish dresser, her bright red dreadlocks made her stand out (although they've also been purple, black and rainbow). The grunt in her voice was inspired by Aretha Franklin and Betty Davis. Then tragedy struck. She developed nodules on her throat and told not to sing for 18 months. "But it was actually a blessing," she insists. It forced her to spend more time listening to great records, and also teach herself how to play guitar. The players who inspired her guitaring - Duane Allman, Bob Brozman & Mississippi Fred McDowell - were those who had a penchant to break the rules. In 2006, she won Triple J's "Light Your Fuse" competition from over 500 entries. Her career exploded from there. Two songs hit the top position on MP3.com, she released an EP, major festivals invited her to play (such as Falls, Bluesfest, Pyramid, Festival of the Sun, Queenscliff, Southbound, and massive European festival (“ Blues Passion Cognac). At every festival, Dallas is always amongst the highest CD sellers. In early 2009 Dallas was invited to perform as one of seven artists from seven continents of the planet for International Earth Day in Montreal. It not only allowed her the thrill of holding a dialogue with fellow-artists about social and environmental issues, but she caught the ear of Canadian promoters who have invited her to come back and tour there. "Not For Love Or Money" is the sort of record on which each listener will find a highpoint moment. But it creates a solidarity with its audience because is made by a performer who quite clearly lives and breathes music. It marks an exciting new career milestone for Dallas Frasca. w w w . d a l l a s f r a s c a . c o m

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released August 28, 2009

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Track Name: Leave Me Alone
LEAVE ME ALONE


You don't want....
You don't want to leave me alone
You don't want....
You don't want to leave me alone

I'm running you are too blind to see
You're coming why won't you let me be

My face says why won't you read me
You're obsession it's grown into a beast

You don't want....
You don't want to leave me alone
You don't want....
You don't want to leave me alone

I'm running you are too blind to see
You're coming why won't you let me be

You don't want....
You don't want to leave me alone
You don't want....
You don't want to leave me alone

I think you're insane
You want my name
Hang it on a wall
You'll always want more
Track Name: I Like You Better When You're Straight
I LIKE YOU BETTER WHEN YOU'RE STRAIGHT

I like you better when you're straight
The road between the lines, I take
Outside of that I've made mistakes
I like you better when you're straight

I like you better when you're straight
It turns me off when you can't wait
Addicted to the thoughts you make
I like you better when you're straight

I like you better now...

I like you better when you're straight
If drunk, met sober, you would hate
Your lame excuses have been made
I like you better when you're straight

I like you better when you're straight
Have you seen yourself of late
Distorted world will be your fate
I like you better when you're straight

I like you better now...

hoo hoo why did you change?
Hoo hoo It seems you're not the same
hoo hoo I'm not too blame

I like you better when you're straight
The love between the sheets can wait
Because tonight babe you don't rate
I like you better when you're straight
Track Name: Strong Man
STRONG MAN

I don't come home til late and party with all the boys
I might be gone away for 8 weeks at a time
I meet the famous and push myself, drink or die
I pour my heart out to a thousand people at a time


IT TAKES A STRONG MAN,
TO BE WITH A WOMAN LIKE ME


I traveled this land in a year more one would do in a life
The road is long & tough, your the reason why I stay out of strife


IT TAKES A STRONG MAN,
TO BE WITH A WOMAN LIKE ME
Track Name: Amongst The Leaves
AMONGST THE LEAVES

It's been a very long winter.
For me so lonely and cold
I believe this group of friends
Will never beat the company of just me.

It's time this young girl blossomed again
into another foreign,
a land of understanding,
won't someone take her hand?

Them cloudy days are here again
but not for long this time.
Cause I can cast a magic spell
and dictate for the sublime.

Why don't you think or have no remorse?
For the careless ways you've been.
You've hurt me bad and lashed my heart,
but you'll never take my dreams.

Hey Hey....

Never felt so bad,
I want you to know.
But judge me I don't want.
So I keep my pain inside once again.

Body, mind & holy spirit.
Give me what I'm after.
I demand you make it good
I'm wanting greener pastures

Oh for when times bad and boy
and they never seem to end.
Then come here to me my love
and you're troubled heart I'll mend

Oh amongst the leaves I found a gem
It's a secret and it's mine.
You'll never know & I'll never tell
But it's in this very rhyme

Hey Hey....
Track Name: Til The End I'll Walk Proudly
TIL THE END I'LL WALK PROUDLY

Never shall I seek another lover
I found my other half
You are the only thing I want to consume
Now you run through my blood

Small trickles lead into the bigger streams
Let me stand in your flood
Dripping with love in Lennox Head
I'm as weak as I am strong

TIL THE END I'LL WALK PROUDLY

Okay my friend, I'll bare all my soul
this ain't for granted, your the first man I've shown
Fill my body with your wonderful essence
This is ain't no gift for a bone

TIL THE END I'LL WALK PROUDLY
Track Name: Thank You For Making Me Who I Am
THANK YOU FOR MAKING ME... WHO I AM

When I'm down from being rejected
Don't rub your love in my face

When I'm hurting from your fucken lour
Don't put yourself in my place

When I'm sad from your clear conscience mind
Don't think you're at the same phase

When I'm tired of your constant abuse
I feel the spell cast will not end

THANKYOU FOR MAKING ME... WHO I AM

If you wanna get your head cut
You better get out of my way

When I'm rising with my hands in the air
You best find yourself another prey

When I've moved on & I'm not looking back
Nothing you'll do or you will say

Cause I'm better for what you've done
& now I choose my friends wisely.

THANKYOU FOR MAKING ME... WHO I AM

THANKYOU FOR MAKING ME... WHO I AM * 3
Track Name: Burnt Toast
BURNT TOAST

It's the small things your missing
when the phone hung up
It's the sand between the stones
that fill up the cup

BURNT TOAST

It's the smile you gave to me
as you walked down the road
It filled me all day long
yeah until you came home

BURNT TOAST

It's the flower on my pillow
The thing that you said
But it's all gone missin',
Now you're all dried up

BURNT TOAST

Now I'm standing in the kitchen
as we yell our shit
The smoke is a pouring
We forgot something

BURNT TOAST

It's the smile you gave to me,
Don't miss those little things,
I want your sexy fire
Yeah it keeps me alive

It's the smile you gave to me,
It filled me with desire
I want your sexy fire
Yeah it keeps me alive

BURNT TOAST
Track Name: Break The Mould
BREAK THE MOULD

I'm not predictable and I'm not safe
This prototypes different so
get off my case
I'm a tough lady,
who don't take no shit
I am gonna break the mould.

WE ALL NEED TO OPEN UP OUR MINDS
WE CAN'T BE TRAPPED INSIDE
WE NEED TO BE THE ONES TO DECIDE
CAUSE WE'RE GONNA... BREAK THE MOULD

My heart is bleeding
On earth for a change
Being higher & mightier
is not out of range
Gather round people
Now lend me your ear
Cause we're gonna break the mould.

WE ALL NEED TO OPEN UP OUR MINDS
WE CAN'T BE TRAPPED INSIDE
WE NEED TO BE THE ONES TO DECIDE
CAUSE WE'RE GONNA... BREAK THE MOULD
Track Name: Rid Of That Shame
RID OF THAT SHAME

I walked slow down the road
I was feeling free
Healed by the power of me
Well I believe

I NEED TO GET RID OF THAT SHAME * 4

From the depths you raised your head
I saw your face & I felt glory
Reborn to clean your soul
This is a new story

I NEED TO GET RID OF THAT SHAME * 4
Track Name: Loaded Silence
LOADED SILENCE

Lady Luck is staying at the Junkyard,
Rattlin' trains are storming by.
Hands are chained to the railway lines
Blue collar workers are just making their coin

The land is worked until it's sore
with no sustain in sight
This lull won't last for very long
The night doesn't cease with the rhythm that shakes

LOADED SILENCE ............FROM A DISTANT SHORE
LOADED SILENCE ............WON'T TAKE A BOW
LOADED SILENCE ............MAKE A GREAT FALL
LOADED SILENCE ............SAVE SACRED GROUND

The WAYWURRU people are all gone
but the lady on the five remains
Warby took over Pangarang
Distorted lines of triumph and gain

LOADED SILENCE ............FROM A DISTANT SHORE
LOADED SILENCE ............WON'T TAKE A BOW
LOADED SILENCE ............MAKE A GREAT FALL
LOADED SILENCE ............SAVE SACRED GROUND

Books are locked, it costs to read
so it doesn't come to mind
Words are lost are often replaced
what am I to find?

LOADED SILENCE ............FROM A DISTANT SHORE
LOADED SILENCE ............WON'T TAKE A BOW
LOADED SILENCE ............MAKE A GREAT FALL
LOADED SILENCE ............SAVE SACRED GROUND