Frankie Poullain

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Frankie Poullain
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Poullain live with The Darkness.
Background information
Birth nameFrancis Gilles Poullain-Patterson
Born (1967-04-15) 15 April 1967 (age 51)
GenresRock
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter
InstrumentsBass, guitar
Years active2000 – present
Associated acts The Darkness
Website www.thedarknesslive.com

Francis Gilles Poullain-Patterson (born 15 April 1967), better known as Frankie Poullain, is the bass player for rock band The Darkness. He was raised in Milnathort then Edinburgh, Scotland. [1] He attended the Royal High School, leaving in 1985. [1]

Bassist musician who plays a bass instrument

A bassist or bass player, is a musician who plays a bass instrument such as a double bass, bass guitar, keyboard bass or a low brass instrument such as a tuba or sousaphone. Different musical genres tend to be associated with one or more of these instruments. Since the 1960s, the electric bass has been the standard bass instrument for funk, R&B, soul music, rock and roll, reggae, jazz fusion, heavy metal, country and pop music. The double bass is the standard bass instrument for classical music, bluegrass, rockabilly, and most genres of jazz. Low brass instruments such as the tuba or sousaphone are the standard bass instrument in Dixieland and New Orleans-style jazz bands.

The Darkness (band) British band

The Darkness are a British rock band formed in 2000. The band consists of Justin Hawkins, his brother Dan Hawkins, Frankie Poullain and Rufus Tiger Taylor (drums).

Milnathort village in the United Kingdom

Milnathort is a small town in the parish of Orwell in Kinross-shire, Scotland. The smaller neighbour of nearby Kinross, Milnathort has a population of roughly 2,000 people. It is situated amidst picturesque countryside at the foot of the Ochil Hills, and near the north shore of Loch Leven. From 1977 it became more easily accessible due to the development of the M90 motorway. The name comes from the Gaelic maol coirthe meaning "bare hill of the standing stones".

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Poullain was the only original Darkness member not from the Lowestoft area.

Lowestoft town in Suffolk, England

Lowestoft is an English town and civil parish in the county of Suffolk. The town, on the North Sea coast, is the most easterly settlement of the United Kingdom. It is 110 miles (177 km) north-east of London, 38 miles (61 km) north-east of Ipswich and 22 miles (35 km) south-east of Norwich. It lies on the edge of The Broads system and is the major settlement in the district of Waveney, with a population of 71,010 in 2011. Some of the earliest evidence of settlement in Britain has been found here. As a port town it developed out of the fishing industry and as a traditional seaside resort. It has wide, sandy beaches, two piers and other attractions. While its fisheries have declined, oil and gas exploitation in the southern North Sea in the 1960s added to its development, as a base for the industry alongside nearby Great Yarmouth. This role has declined, but the town has begun to develop as an Eastern England centre of the renewable energy industry.

Poullain left the band on 23 May 2005, citing "musical differences" as the reason. [2] He was replaced by Richie Edwards, a former guitar technician for the band. [3] His departure caused quite a stir with the press, most notably in the NME magazine where he was reportedly regarded as their favourite member of the band.

Richie Edwards British musician

Richie Edwards is an English musician. He is the former bassist of the British hard rock band The Darkness and the guitarist/vocalist of their successor band Stone Gods. He was confirmed as a member on 13 June 2005 replacing Frankie Poullain on bass. When The Darkness disbanded following Justin Hawkins' departure, Edwards switched to lead vocals with Toby McFarlaine taking over on bass. With original Darkness members Ed Graham and Dan Hawkins completing the new line-up, they recorded under the new name of The Stone Gods.

Guitar technician

A guitar technician is a member of a music ensemble's road crew who maintains and sets up the musical equipment for one or more guitarists. Depending on the type and size of band, the guitar tech may be responsible for stringing, tuning, and adjusting electric guitars and acoustic guitars, and maintaining and setting up guitar amplifiers and other related electronic equipment such as effect pedals.

<i>NME</i> British weekly music journalism magazine

New Musical Express (NME) is a British music journalism website and former magazine that has been published since 1952. It was the first British paper to include a singles chart, in the edition of 14 November 1952. In the 1970s it became the best-selling British music newspaper. During the period 1972 to 1976, it was particularly associated with gonzo journalism, then became closely associated with punk rock through the writings of Julie Burchill, Paul Morley and Tony Parsons. It started as a music newspaper, and gradually moved toward a magazine format during the 1980s and 1990s, changing from newsprint in 1998.

However, in 2011 The Darkness officially announced that they were to reunite, with all 4 original members. Frankie described this as being "Just like old times". The band sub-headlined Download Festival at Donington Park, England in June 2011, playing under Def Leppard. They also played at Hammersmith, with Queen guitarist Brian May joining the band. The band's third studio album Hot Cakes was released in early 2012, as the band embarked on the Hot Cakes tour.

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Queen (band) British rock band

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Frankie's autobiography Dancing in the Darkness (John Blake Publishing), charting the ups and downs of life with the band, was released in November 2008. [4]

Equipment

He plays a Gibson Thunderbird IV bass guitar (nicknamed "the brown bastard"), recognizable for its reverse body design. He received this from a man in Wales named "Ray" who was in a band called the "Poo Sticks." When playing live he allows natural distortion to take place for effect. He also uses a Fender Precision Bass, Ampeg VT, Mesa Boogie, 50 watt hand-wired Marshall guitar combo and a Sans Amp bass driver. [5]

Gibson Thunderbird

The Gibson Thunderbird is an electric bass guitar made by Gibson and Epiphone.

Fender Precision Bass

The Precision Bass is a bass guitar manufactured by Fender Musical Instruments Corporation. In its standard, post-1957 configuration, the Precision Bass is a solid body, four-stringed instrument equipped with a single split-coil humbucking pickup and a one-piece, 20 fret maple neck with rosewood, pau ferro, or maple fingerboard.

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References

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  2. "Poullain Quits The Darkness". Contactmusic.com. 23 May 2005. Retrieved 11 February 2011.
  3. "The Darkness replace Poullain". Contactmusic.com. 15 June 2005. Retrieved 11 February 2011.
  4. John-Paul Pryor. "Frankie Poullain's Dancing in the Darkness". dazeddigital.com. Retrieved 16 March 2011.
  5. Frankie Poullain's Equipment Archived 19 February 2011 at the Wayback Machine at outofthedarkness.co.uk