Interview~ Elena Franklin of "Reality Something'~ She Talks About NEW Music "Dirty Money"… SOO Much More..!!
“Dirty Money” is the newest single from buzzy Nashville alternative-band Reality Something. A fun, sexy rock song that blurs genre lines and highlights the band’s penchant for duality within a song— in this case with Dirty Money being somehow both tongue-in-cheek, and no bullshit at once.
Dirty Money is the first new song since ‘Life Noise,’ the band’s gritty, confessional, and poetry infused debut LP which was released in 2018 on taste-making Nashville label Infinity Cat Records— cementing Reality Something as one of Nashville’s most important new bands, a force of sweet/sour honest lyrics and blistering guitars in a tight package.
But Nov. 8th Dirty Money is brought to you by legendary punk label No Sleep Records out of Southern California. An exciting and timely representation of the band expanding beyond Nashville and into the rest of the country. Catch them “on tour forever,” this December on a nationwide run supporting LA’s Heyrocco, a similar minded melodic alternative rock band with a cult following.
The songs in the past have been written primarily by Elena Franklin (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), but Dirty Money is the first of the new music to-be-released to have been written (not to mention recorded, produced, and mixed) by Kingsley Brock (lead guitar, also formerly of infamous Nashville garage band Turbo Fruits). Reality Something has always had Ethan Place on drums (referred to lovingly by Elena as her and Kingsley’s “weird third twin”), and is now completed by new bassist Davis Haley.
We had the pleasure of asking Elena Franklin a few questions about the band and the new music..
- Tell us a little bit about the band and how long you have been together for some of our readers that may not know about the band?
Reality Something is an alternative band from Nashville fronted by me (Elena), with Kingsley Brock on lead guitar, Ethan Place on drums and Davis Haley on bass. I also play guitar. We’ve been playing shows since 2016.
- What got you into music and what keeps you going night after night playing?
I’ve always been deeply into music, but I didn’t start playing music until I came to Nashville and moved in with a bunch of musicians. There’s some kind of invisible force that pushes me/us to keep going that’s unexplainable, I’ve heard other people talk about it too… It’s like it’s the only thing we can do. Also what keeps us going is how much we all like each other. My band is like my family! And being on tour is so much better than like… not being on tour? It makes is really easy and fun.
- So, what is new with the band?..New Album out? New Videos?
We just put out a new single with No Sleep Records called Dirty Money!
- If you didn’t become a musician, what would you be doing right now?
Being a homeless crazy person probably and playing with puppies near a trashcan somewhere.
- What is the weirdest or funniest question you have ever been asked?
I like your crayon question coming up:)
- If you can have your fans remember you for one thing, what would that be?
Being nice and kind and hopefully inspiring them to do something they always wanted to do but were afraid to.
- On a scale of one to 2593, How good is your new single compared to your last single? (my attempt at humor, but please still answer)
Dirty Money is lit beyond reason and everyone must hear it.
- What do you feel is the best song your have release to date and why?
I truly love all of our songs and my answer of course would be … The next one that you haven’t heard yet. BUT besides our new single Dirty Money I really love Stay, it’s one of my favorite songs I’ve ever written. I also have a spot for Fail You which is on our EP and our full length Life Noise. It’s one of the first songs I ever wrote and because of that probably one of the freest? Maybe one day after a lot more versions I’ll feel like we got it right haha.
- Do you think you can get any better as a musician/singer? And if so, How would you achieve that?
Yeah I feel like I’m getting better all the time. I wasn’t very good to begin with hahahaha. To get better at anything just takes practice, which sounds super simple but I watch it every day in Kingsley who is the most dedicated and hardworking person I know.
- If you could give your fans one random fact about you that you think they should (or should “not” know) about you what would that be?
I think it’s cool for people to know that we have always, and will continue for the foreseeable future, to record at home. It’s cool to know that because you can really hear our progression. Besides it’s punk as fuck duh.
- You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What color would you be and why?
Reality Something as a whole would be some kind of murky garbage juice color, but individually I would be Balloon Yellow!!!!! Kingsley would be Purple Haze, Davis would be Ferrari Red and Ethan would be Astroturf Green. Yay.
- Who are you inspired by?
Patti Smith, Debbie Harry, Kingsley, Flea, Joan Jett, Jim Carroll
- What’s an average day like for you?
Wake up drink way too much coffee Kingsley goes into studio to record or mix play with my dog read more coffee talk back and forth to whoever we’re touring with coming up (currently thats Nate of Heyrocco) and answer emails make kingsley lunch hear what kingsleys working on in studio more coffee sing my ass off in car come home switch from coffee to wine have band practice make dinner while band plays Fifa and yells at eachother hang out with band cuddle with dog try to sleep but have insomnia read more or write or watch i love lucy seinfeld woody allen movie or music doc eventually fall asleep wake up do all over.
- Please discuss how you interact with and respond to fans
We’ve become close friends with a lot of our fans. If they like us it means we prob both like the same stuff and they are really cool and have very interesting stories. A really intense music fan is usually escaping something a bit. And aren’t all musicians?
- Have you ever dealt with performance anxiety?
I had horrible performance anxiety right up until I actually did my first performance, and then it was very comfortable. Now I don’t anymore except a little before shows in Nashville or New York (where I’m from) but nothing more than natural nerves.
- Tell me about your favorite performance venues
The best hospitality we ever got was from Third Man Records in Detroit it was sooooooo sick.
- What advice would you have for someone wanting to follow in your footsteps?
As long as you are giving it your all, doing it for the right reasons, and following your instincts you won’t be unhappy.
Fans can catch REALITY SOMETHING on tour this December on a nationwide run supporting LA’s HEYROCCO, a similar minded melodic alternative rock band with a cult following.
REALITY SOMETHING Tour Dates (w/HEYROCCO):
Dec 2 – Austin, TX – Empire Control
Dec 3 – Dallas, TX – Club Dada
Dec 4 – Oxford, MS – Proud Larry’s
Dec 5 – Nashville, TN Mercy Lounge
Dec 6 – Atlanta, GA – Drunken Unicorn
Dec 7 – Charleston, SC – Royal American
Dec 8 – Columbia, SC – New Brookland
Dec 9 – Charlotte, NC – The Milestone
Dec 10 – Richmond, VA – Canal Club
Dec 11 – Brooklyn, NY – The Broadway
Dec 13 – Lancaster, PA – The Kaleidoscope
Dec 14 – Fort Wayne, IN – The Brass Rail
Dec 15 – Chicago, IL – Tonic Room
Dec 16 – Kansas City, MO – Rino
Dec 17 – Denver, CO – Larimer Lounge
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