Bio

Palm Trees In Moscow

Singer/Songwriter

Chris Frantz is a Baltimore, MD based Singer/Songwriter. He has been recording and performing music under the moniker of "Palm Trees In Moscow" for the past 5 years (or "PTIM", for the uninitiated) with various musicians and collaborators.

Initially inspired by garage legends such as The Replacements and Guided By Voices, PTIM's music has evolved into a dark pop/shoegaze sound; complete with painstaking attention to production and an emphasis on heavier, more thematic songwriting. Palm Trees In Moscow paints portraits of feelings and frustrations that are familiar to many in huge, shimmering, reverb-drenched broad strokes.

 

Album

"Drunk at the Airport"

New Single Available Friday, June 3rd on all streaming platforms

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Palm Trees In Moscow "Drunk at the Airport" 
©2022 PTIM Music  Written by Chris Frantz.  
Performed by Palm Trees In Moscow 

Mixed by Jordon Zadorozny
(Skylark Park Studios, Pembroke ON) 
Master Engineer: Jordon Zadorozny 
Recorded/Engineered by: Dylan Grace (Baltimore, MD) 
Guitars/Drums Recorded/Engineered by Garrett Long at The Watermelon Room (Baltimore, MD). 
Produced by: Jordon Zadorozny and Chris Frantz. 

Chris Frantz: Vocals, Guitars, Synths/Programming   
Jordon Zadorozny: Bass Guitar, Bow Bass  
Dylan Grace: Drums/Percussion

 

Album details

"Drunk at the Airport" is the upcoming single from Palm Trees In Moscow. It is a jangle pop/roots rock/shoegaze amalgam; drawing inspiration from R.E.M., The Replacements, The Stone Roses, and The War on Drugs .The song is an anthemic, Roots-Rock influenced track, filled with introspective lyrics and big, chiming, shimmering, guitars. Lyrically, the song focuses on shedding the old rags of complacency and getting out of your own way. As people often build invisible walls and put intangible limitations on themselves; this song is an anthemic cry to break out of the purgatory limbo of life we often create for ourselves. The thick production provides a sense of surrealism over grounded lyrics (no pun intended). 

Thematically, "Drunk at the Airport” is a song about being stuck. “Drop by Drop I beg the thieves for change”.  The “thief” in the song is the narrator. Getting in your own way. Feeling in a state of stasis self imposed stagnant. “Block by Block” representing mental blocks. Whether the cause is ADD, laziness, hangover, or unwillingness to change. The tension and frustration comes to a boiling point, leading to the cathartic and cinematic final chorus. "Drunk at the Airport" was written by Baltimore, MD Singer/Songwriter/Guitarist Chris Frantz.  The song was written on New Years morning (“hazy on a new year”). Frustration and mental blocks forged a lyrical purgatory wasteland. The title is a loose metaphor for limbo. Being on the verge of going somewhere new, being so close to change/thriving in a new destination, but all the while disoriented and lost in a sea of loud noises, lights, and distractions. 

"Drunk at the Airport" was mixed and mastered by Jordon Zadorozny at Skylark Park Studios in Pembroke, Ontario. His production techniques and experience in the industry helped craft a dense sonic landscape. 

"Drunk at the Airport" hits all digital platforms Friday, June 3rd.

 

 

A&R Factory Reviews "Drunk at the Airport"

"DROPPING A PUNCHY POP/ROOTS/ROCK/SHOEGAZE MIXTURE OF DELICIOUS INTELLIGENCE, PALM TREES IN MOSCOW SENDS US INTO A WORLD OF INFATUATION WITH A TERRIFIC TRACK TO PUT ON VOCIFEROUSLY. THERE IS A DELIGHTFULLY INSPIRING TRANSMISSION TO LATHER DEEPLY INTO HERE, WITH A FIERCE ATMOSPHERE THAT SHOULD WAKE UP THE SLEEPY SLUMBER INSIDE US ALL." -LLEWELYN SCREEN (CLICK BELOW FOR THE FULL REVIEW!)

PTIM PRESS

Sleeping Bag Studios on "Drunk at the Airport"

"ONE OF THE BEST BALTIMORE’S GOT RIGHT NOW FOR SURE, IF NOT THE ENTIRE SPAN OF THE INDEPENDENT MUSIC-SCENE ALTOGETHER. “DRUNK AT THE AIRPORT” IS INDIE ARTISTIC PERFECTION, MELODICALLY ADDICTIVE, MESMERIZING & TRANCE-INDUCING, AND IT’S NEVER GONNA LEAVE MY PLAYLIST." -JEREMY GLADSTONE, SLEEPING BAG STUDIOS

Flattering (and concise) words from Sleeping Bag Studios! Click below for the full advance review of the upcoming single, "Drunk at the Airport".

 https://sleepingbagstudios.ca/palm-trees-in-moscow-drunk-at-the-airport

The Sounds Won't Stop Review of "Blood in the Water"

"The Unique And Swarming Dark-Pop Of Palm Trees In Moscow"

"A new single from Palm Trees In Moscow is a refreshing and edgy genre-bender as the track fuses an alternative rock feel with a deam-esque soundscape and takes electronic beats and guitars along side emotionally driven vocals........There are little boundaries set and walls are down. The song isn't following an average everyday format and this gives it a head turning factor....There is something about this that can stop you mid conversation to give it a better listen or go find out what this is".

Big thanks to "The Sounds Won't Stop" for the kind words! Link below for full review.


https://www.thesoundswontstop.com/palm-trees-in-moscow"

Prism Reviews on "Drunk at the Airport"

Review by Greg Walker

"“With his grunge rock voice, that is the combination of a growl and whisper, Chris Frantz of Palm Trees In Moscow constructs a compelling 90’s influenced ditty that is “an anthemic cry to break out of the purgatory limbo of life we often create for ourselves.” The track is called “Drunk At The Airport,” a visual that captures that limbo between life’s metaphoric flights so well. The lyrics are clever impressionistic marks on a canvas of impressive shoe-gaze guitars (and guitar solos), which rival the artfulness of the vocals.”

Great assesment Greg! You can check out the full review below, along with many others:
https://prismreviews.wordpress.com/2022/05/17/palm-trees-in-moscow-drunk-at-the-airport/

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