Dr. Frank packs in a lot of words in his songs, and I remember Dr. Frank uttering the words "This song's about a girl" before almost every song when they'd play shows. As a long time fan, I was thrilled that he'd even give me the time of day let alone participate in this interview. In a nutshell, he sings about love and girls, in a cute, playful, sometimes sarcastic tone, and adds just enough musicality and surprise to his chord progressions to keep you on your toes. Sometimes, it's full on Ramones, sometimes, it's Ramones with a few 7ths and tasteful augmented or diminished chords, and some temporary tonicized modulations.
What's funny, is he's self taught, and has no idea that he's demonstrated many of the same musical acrobatics as the great composers of our time. Here's the interview.
Do you have a background in music theory and composition or are you self taught?
Does your brain jump to "Green Day?" MTX and Green Day had very similar beginnings, both signing to Lookout! Records and frequenting legendary punk venue 924 Gilman Street in the late 80's and 90's.
"My most successful songs are those that take conventional topics and approaches and warp them, only slightly, but enough that the punchlines are just a bit of a surprise in the midst of thoroughly familiar tropes that might otherwise seem a bit like clichés. It can be a difficult balance to strike, and I haven't always done it perfectly, but when it works it really works. The downside of this is, a whole lot of people aren't too interested in giving them the benefit of the doubt and dismiss it all as a big juvenile joke unworthy of being given much attention."
Can you read music?