Soda is "electric"
By Treble and
For months the name Frank Soda has been mysteriously popping
up. While on a publicity tour of Orangeville and surrounding areas, we stumbled
across "Gee Willikers Dining Lounge" where once again his name was flashed
before our eyes. At that time, we decided that destiny had finally caught up
with us and made a conscious decision to meet this man face to
Frank is a well-seasoned nightclub performer and a bizarre and
unusual entertainer. We, at once, realized why "Clevelend" had expressed their
desire to us to include him in their lineup of star impersonations.
After producing no less than four albums with his own company, Frank
has decided that, after all this time, he wishes to synthesize his work into a
new group named "Frank Soda and the Pop Tarts." "We want to stay fresh," claimed
Soda. Along with this change Frank has decided to return to his roots and set up
shop in the British Columbia, Wonderlands where he grew up as a child with
composer Jim Vallance. It is here that he plans to work closely with Sam Feldman
and anticipates a demo release in about three months.
Frank's new back up
band "The Pop Tarts" consist of three highly talented female rockers: Tessa
Kimmel - vocalist and bass guitar; Kathy Miner - guitar and vocals; and last but
not least Tiz Dirinzo, who delivered an absolutely staggering drum solo proving
she could be a serious threat to any of the current live show
In point of fact, any one of these three possess the talent
to rival our top musicians. "Gee Wlllikers" came alive to the sounds of
"Beginnings," an original composition, merged with the incredible expertise
shown on his "Roland" synthesized guitar. As he "crab-walked" across the stage
we thought of Pete Townsend who would love this man's kicks and Gene Simmons who
would die for his licks.
Unfortunately, because of the current move back
to B.C. many of Frank's stage props were in packing boxes. However, this did not
stop him from treating us to a few of his outrageous tricks, from flaming pig
hats with electric bulb eyes surveying the audience to a "glowing" rendition of
Jimmy Hendrix' "Purple Haze" a la Electric Cowboy. We expected it from Liberace,
but Frank Soda is a flasher with Viking horns.
Although Frank is still
looking for something a little different, we have no doubt that the "lunacy"
(fun) will remain.
After completing an engagement in Thunder Bay Frank is
going "west young man" on a tour that will eventually lead him back to the
mountains and the sea.