The Franklin Electric

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The Franklin Electric
OriginMontreal, Quebec, Canada
Genresindie folk
Years active2012-present
LabelsNettwerk Music Group
Associated actsHalf Moon Run, Patrick Watson
WebsiteOfficial website
MembersJon Matte
Ken Pressé
Martin Desrosby
Adam Passalacqua
Past membersJean-Sébastien Leblanc
Johnny Griffin
Alexis Messier
Liam Killen
Kevin Warren

The Franklin Electric are a Canadian indie folk collective formed by singer-songwriter Jon Matte from Montreal, Quebec,[1] most noted for receiving a Juno Award nomination for Breakthrough Group of the Year at the Juno Awards of 2018.[2] The band's core member is singer and guitarist Jon Matte, with supporting musicians that include Ken Pressé on guitar, Martin Desrosby on bass, and Adam Passalacqua on drums.[3]


The Franklin Electric's debut album, This Is How I Let You Down, was self-released in 2013 before being reissued in 2014 by Indica Records.[1][4] The album was supported with a cross-Canada tour, as well as several dates as an opening act for other bands in Europe.[5] The band created an animated video for the song "The Strongest Man Alive".[6]

The group released a second album, Blue Ceilings in February 2017;[7] the songs are an eclectic mix of folk, pop, and electronic indie pop. [8] They toured in Canada and Australia in support of the album,[3] and then went on to perform in Germany in April.[9]


  • This Is How I Let You Down (2013)
  • Blue Ceilings (2017)
  • In Your Head EP (2019)


  1. ^ a b "This is how they find the spotlight; The Franklin Electric's debut receives the re-release it deserves, exposing the band's refined folk-pop to a wider audience". Montreal Gazette, May 6, 2014.
  2. ^ "Arcade Fire and Daniel Caesar lead 2018 Juno Award nominations". CBC Music, February 6, 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Montreal band Franklin Electric enjoys the power of the ride". Montreal Gazette, March 1, 2017.
  4. ^ "Album Review: The Franklin Electric". Mad Sound Magazine, November 5, 2016, Sydney Hildebrandt
  5. ^ "Phase two begins; The Franklin Electric winds up banner year with pair of shows before taking break to write new songs for sophomore album". Montreal Gazette, December 2, 2014.
  6. ^ "The Franklin Electric: Blue Ceilings (Review) ". Music Reviews, Thoralf Koß, 25.02.2017.
  7. ^ "The Franklin Electric brings Blue Ceilings to Sherbrooke". Sherbrooke Record, March 24, 2017.
  8. ^ "The Franklin Electric : entre ciel et terre". Le Journal de Montréal, Ariane Labrèche Ariane Labrèche, 22 February 2017
  9. ^ "No business like show business: The Franklin Electric Live Review". Indi Berlin, April 7, 2017

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