The Federalists

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The Federalists
The Federalists performing at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco, CA
Background information
Origin Concord, California
Genres Indie rock
Years active 2005-present
Labels Talking House Records
Members Luke Franks
Dustin Smith
Brandt Walker
Chris Cooper
Clark Abbott

The Federalists are an American rock band based in the San Francisco Bay Area. The band was formed in September 2005 when singer-songwriter Luke Franks decided to piece together a band to perform the songs he had been working on independently. He asked drummer Dustin Smith, and bass player Brandt Walker (from Franks' previous band Yours Truly). The Federalists have released three studio albums.

The Federalists' music has been inspired by a wide variety of artists and styles, including Wilco, Bob Dylan and The Beatles. Their music has been called everything from indie to classic rock, alt. country, and classic pop.

In 2008, with the release of their second full length Self-Titled record, The Federalists received numerous music reviews by local and nationally respected indie press including; Diablo Magazine, The Big Takeover, Recording Magazine, East Bay Express, and Performer Magazine. The single from their 2008 record, 'City Girl', received support from Bay Area radio stations such as; LIVE 105, KFOG, and 107.7 The Bone. LIVE 105 music director Aaron Axelsen was so impressed by The Federalists second record he asked them to play at BFD, LIVE 105's annual music festival at the Shoreline Amphitheater in June 2008. This started a progression of great show offers for The Federalists in the remainder of 2008. The Federalists provided the main support for Or, The Whale at Great American Music Hall in San Francisco and opened for Santana at the Sleep Train Pavilion in Concord, California.


Full length albums[edit]

  • The Federalists(2006)—released July 1, 2006[1]
  • The Federalists (2008)—released February 12, 2008[2]
  • The Way We Ran—released November 3, 2009[3]


  • 12 Galaxies EP (2007)—Released January 20, 2007


  • Red House Studios - Guitars Not Guns Compilation Vol.1 - Never Saw It Coming—Released October 29, 2006
  • A Foggy Holiday - Vol. 2 - Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home)—Released November 18, 2008


  • Luke Franks - vocals, guitar (2005–present)
  • Dustin Smith - drums (2005–present)
  • Brandt Walker - bass (2005–present)
  • Jason Roysdon - guitar (2005-present)
  • Clark Abbot - guitar, vocals (2008–present)
  • Chris Cooper - keys (2008–present)

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Miny Moe (2008-11-19). "The Federalists - Bay Area indie kings on the rise". 
  2. ^ Pete Crooks (2008-02-04). "The Federalists Album Release Party". Retrieved 2009-01-16. 
  3. ^ "The Way We Ran". Retrieved 2016-04-13.