Wil Francis

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Wiliam Francis
Wil Francis live portrait.jpg
Onstage in Southamptom, September 2016
Background information
Birth name William Roy Francis
Born (1982-01-08) January 8, 1982 (age 35)
Origin Seattle, Washington, United States
Genres hardcore punk, horror punk, post-hardcore, gothic rock, synthpop, electronica, darkwave
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter, producer, author, artist
Instruments vocals, piano, guitar, keyboards, synthesizers, bass
Years active 2003–present
Labels Dead Teenager, Unfun Records, Victory, Control Records
Associated acts Aiden, William Control, A Midnight Tragedy, Ashestoangels, Vampires Everywhere!
Website www.williamcontrol.com

William Roy "wiL" Francis (born January 8, 1982 in Seattle, Washington) is an American rock musician, record producer, author and artist. He came to prominence as the lead vocalist and principal songwriter of the horror punk band Aiden.[1] He has also released four albums under the name William Control, featuring a synthesizer driven darkwave, synthpop style. The first part of the fifth album, The Pale EP from the album Revelations, was released in October 2016, and the rest of the album will appear as a further three separate EPs. Francis also acts as producer to bands such as Fearless Vampire Killers, A Midnight Tragedy and Ashestoangels, as well as producing his own William Control and Aiden music.

Francis joined the original lineup of Aiden in 2003 as their bassist and replaced Steve Clemens as lead vocalist later that year. He became the creative force behind Aiden and, for the 2015 final album and tours, was the only member of the original lineup still in the band. During Aiden's hiatus from 2012 to 2015, Francis' primary musical output was William Control, and he has returned to this project full time now. He has released two books of poetry (Flowers & Filth (with Lisa Johnson) (2009) and Prose + Poems (2011)), and three novels (Revelator Book One: The Neuromancer (2013), Revelator Book Two: The Hate Culture (2014), and Revelator Book Three: The Hell Of Heaven (2016)). The latter two make up part of a trilogy, and the final book is eagerly awaited. In spring 2016 it was revealed that a trilogy of films was to be made from the Revelator books.[2] [3] More news is awaited on this project.

As a teenager Francis was addicted to drugs and alcohol, but got clean on September 9, 1999 and has been sober ever since.[4] He is married to Lindsey, and they have one son, Phineas.

In May 2009, Kerrang! called Francis "one of the most enigmatic and talismanic frontmen in rock music today."[5]

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William Control[edit]

Studio Albums[edit]


Acoustic Albums[edit]

Live Albums[edit]

Remix Albums[edit]

Other Songs[edit]


Guest appearances
  • The album I Tried To Make You Immortal, You Tried To Make Me A KILLER by the New Jersey rock band A Midnight Tragedy
  • The EP Revenge by Seattle band Girl On Fire
  • EPs The Ghost and Through The Rain by Seattle-based dark rock band To Paint The Sky
  • The albums With Tape And Needles, Horror Cult and How To Bleed for English electro-goth punks Ashestoangels.
  • The album Mile End by the Austrian punk band Stupe-iT
  • The albums Militia Of The Lost and Unbreakable Hearts for English rock band Fearless Vampire Killers


  • Flowers & Filth (with Lisa Johnson) (2009)
  • Prose + Poems (2011)
  • Revelator Book One: The Neuromancer (2013)
  • Revelator Book Two: The Hate Culture (2014)
  • Revelator Book Three: The Hell Of Heaven (2016)