Pete Francis – Iron Sea and the Calvary
While never a fan of Francis’ old band Dispatch, I have been strangely drawn to his solo albums as they have a sort of pull to them I didn’t find in Francis’ previous endeavors with his old band. Sometimes when a leader of a well-known band (while not famous, Dispatch was well-known and respected on a regional level) splits to do his own thing, the eventual solo project ends up sounding just like the leader’s ex-band. In fact, the resulting project often sounds as if it is a band project, just without the band itself. Not so in the case of Francis’ work. Francis has managed to create a totally separate sound from what he was doing with Dispatch save the sound of his vocals.