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The Missing Frets


The Missing Frets – Nothing in Between
 

Sitting in a thatched music studio, guitar in hand at his home in South Africa, Shaun Lovell (Co-founder of The Missing Frets) stumbled on a guitar riff that formed the skeleton of the song “Nothing in Between”. Over the years and much like a butterfly the song endured a process of metamorphosis from different rhythms, keys and tempos before finding its way onto The Missing Frets album list.

Lyrically, “Nothing in Between”, is a story of friendship and romance. Shaun’s vision of the song is of two friends who decided to take their friendship a step further into an intimate relationship but after failed attempts realised their un-destined future.

“Nothing in Between” was recorded and co-produced with Cardinal Recordings and The Missing Frets as part of their album, Pipe Dreams, during the Spring of 2019 and released in the Spring of 2020 during the beginning of the Pandemic. The music video was filmed in the Winter of 2020 right before the Pandemic exploded. The band held off on releasing the video until February of 2021. 

The vision of the video was co-created by Shaun and Bindu Lovell and the props were designed by Johnny Martin. The cinematographer and editor of the film was WizFx. They decided to forgo on a conceptual video portraying the story of “Nothing in Between”.  The clip was shot primarily in black and white with hints of colour, which plays out the memory, a dream of the person who he thought he remembered and how he envisioned it, only to be caught with the reality of the misconnection.

A collective of diverse backgrounds, The Missing Frets, forAge a sound of Alternative, Indie Blues-Rock, and African Rockabilly. The concept of the band was inspired by songwriter, guitarist Shaun Lovell and materialised in 2013 with bassist Bindu Lovell. The energetic drummer Johnny Martin joined the band in 2016 after the duo relocated from South Africa making Philly their home base. 

With the release of their debut studio album Pipe Dreams and the third album to date the band continues to breakaway from the cookie cutter traditional genre categorisation. True to their lead singers South African roots the newest album is crafted together by metaphoric and thought provoking lyrics, chugging rhythms and chunky guitar riffs. Inspiring a sound remnant of iconic band Midnight Oil with a modern flare like Of Monsters and Men and The Stone Foxes. Fusing the rooted rhythmical heritage of Shaun’s homeland with the energetic orchestration on stage they breathe and pulse in their live performance. 

Their last album Bodhi Tree which was self produced and mostly done as live takes in their living room reached number 80 on the National College Radio charts and landed rotation on a hundred and twenty plus college stations across the USA in 2018-2019. The newest album, Pipe Dreams, recorded and co-produced by Cardinal Recordings and the band marking their third year together was released April of 2020.  The album received rave reviews and landed airplay on Radio stations in Australia and the USA.  With interviews from Vents Magazine and Making a Scene. The band saw their video for Cartel Sage, the single off the album, receive an amazing response with over 200, 000 views to date. 

The Missing Frets – Nothing In Between

The Missing Frets – Unstuck

The Missing Frets – Cartel Sage

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