Transient Frank

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Transient Frank brings in a number of influences from jazz to hardcore, but the strongest influences lie in the realm of improvisation and jambands. Some influential bands to note are The Grateful Dead, Phish, moe., Dream Theater, Rush, Pink Floyd, The Disco Biscuits, String Cheese Incident, Medeski, Martin, & Wood, Frank Zappa, Bela Fleck & The Flecktones, Les Claypool w/ or w/o Primus, and Dillinger Escape Plan. The Transient Frank sound isn't entirely easy to pin down, but perhaps it could be best described as psychedelic funk with "a touch of the garlic..."


Transient Frank was started as a collaboration of many efforts made by both Kelly Smelser and Danny Ball. Originally, Ball and Tony Dilk were in an Indy local band known first as Yellow Number 5, then Yellow 5, and finally Y5. In August of 2000 Ball and Dilk invited Kelly Smelser to sit in on bass and the three realized that something good could come of this combination. In the fall of 2000 the members of Y5 went their separate ways for awhile leaving Ball and Smelser to take up a quest to get a new band together. They met up with Kevin Foulkrod and began regularly playing covers at The Point After for Thursday night Open Stage and soon it was a threesome. In May of 2001 the pieces started falling back together as Dilk returned and a new drummer, Jake Hayden, joined the group. After playing an initial cover gig the group has locked themselves away to iron out a regimen of new originals and some surviving Y5 songs. In mid-July due to scheduling and stylistic differences Kevin Foulkrod left the band, and as of now Transient Frank is a psycho-funk quartet.

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Kelly Smelser
1406 Castle Ave.
Indianapolis, IN 46227


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