The FMs Drop Ambitious Double Album "PINK + BLACK," Honoring Late Co-Founder Frankie Rex

The highly anticipated release of "PINK + BLACK" is here, the sophomore double album from The FMs, a band deeply rooted in the ethos of Brooklyn's vibrant music scene. This release carries a poignant weight as it follows the tragic passing of the band's charismatic co-founder, Frankie Rex, in 2022. The album, a labor of love crafted between 2017 and 2019 on a repurposed ferry boat in Bushwick, stands as a testament to Frankie’s enduring legacy and the band's evolving sound.

Produced by bandleader Matte Namer and co-produced and mixed by Brian Forbes, "PINK + BLACK" is a lush, psychedelic exploration of themes ranging from sexual irreverence to the quest for gender freedom. Namer’s affinity for analog synthesizers intertwines with ethereal guitars, creating an expansive yet cohesive auditory journey. According to Namer, "The concept for PINK + BLACK began seven years ago and includes over a thousand hours of blood, sweat, and tears put into the recording process. This is Frankie’s legacy, and the world deserves to hear it."

The album's lead single, "Transformation Dreams," exemplifies the album's emotional depth and visionary artistry. The accompanying video, directed by NYC trans filmmaker Dylan Mars Greenberg, is a surreal narrative that transcends time and gender, delivering a powerful message of hope and love. Namer describes the video as "somewhat autobiographical," capturing a dystopian future where characters discover a utopian queer universe. It’s a poignant homage to Frankie, whose dreams of transformation resonate throughout the visual and lyrical landscape.

In conjunction with the album release, tomorrow sees the inaugural Frankie Fest at Coney Island USA—a queer rock festival celebrating Frankie Rex's legacy. This event doubles as the record release party for "PINK + BLACK" and features The FMs' first live performance in over four years, albeit without Frankie. The festival promises an eclectic lineup of NYC-based queer performers, including Pink Velvet Witch, Jordan Fiction, Villains, Llynks, Frida Kill, and Miss Cherry Delight. Doors open at 4 pm, with performances running until 10 pm. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Chosen Family Law Center's Frankie Maddox Rex Memorial Fund, supporting low-income trans and non-binary individuals with essential legal services.

Founded in 2016 by high school friends Matte Namer and Frankie Rex, The FMs carved out a unique niche with their blend of synthesizer rock and personal narratives of gender exploration. Their debut album, "Machinacene Epoch," combined 90s psychedelic-industrial grunge with dance pop, laying the groundwork for the more introspective and ethereal sound of "PINK + BLACK." Following Frankie’s passing, Namer reformed The FMs in 2024 with a new lineup of trans musicians, drawing inspiration from lo-fi dream pop, classic disco, new wave, and post-punk for their new material.

"PINK + BLACK" is not just an album; it's a heartfelt tribute and a bold artistic statement, ensuring Frankie Rex’s dreams of transformation and gender freedom continue to inspire.

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