Summer, 1993: Nothing
Painted Blue find themselves opening several Tsunami shows
in the Midwest. After the climactic "smokebomb" show in Chicago
(a tale in itself), NPB's drummer, Kyle Brodie takes the band vehicle
and heads back to law school, while bass player Peter Hughes and
guitarist/songwriter Franklin Bruno continue on to the East Coast
to visit relatives and write for the musical theater, respectively.
But there are still shows to be done in Detroit and Cleveland. Troupers
that they are, Franklin and Peter fulfill their contractual obligations
by playing three songs each, solo, and three as a bass and guitar
duo. Impressed by what they hear, the Simple Machines think-tank
approach Franklin about doing a whole record. Megalomania wins out
over caution, and he accepts. Several months of piecemeal recording
(at a modest but well-equipped 8-track studio in San Dimas, California),
two tours and three living arrangements later, A
Bedroom Community is delivered to a waiting world. "This
is the record," he claims,"the uncomprehending reviews of which
will make me finally quit music."
Franklin has gone on to pen many more things since A
Bedroom Community: as the singer/guitarist for Nothing
Painted Blue, which continues to put out great records on
Scat, and a countless number of insightful, witty, clever articles
and reviews in a handful of today's esteemed rock rags. He currently
lives in Los Angeles and teaches philosophy at UCLA.