Like many musicians from the Long Island, New York music scene, Kevin Conkle (guitars, vocals) and Bill Jablonsky (keyboards, vocals) started out in various cover bands around the area before pursuing their own original projects. Their first all-original lineup was the female-fronted "Sudden Earth", a power pop/rock project that was active in local clubs and music festivals, and although critically acclaimed by their local media, they - and their 5 song EP - were virtually unknown outside of the New York Metro area. In 2002, they reorganized into Dark Franklin with Conkle taking on the role of lead vocals. Their lineup evolved over the first two albums but by their third CD, "What Remains" (2006), they were considered to be a duo and would bring aboard session musicians as needed.
The earlier music from their first self-titled CD ("Dark Franklin", 2002) was much more pop/light rock oriented and only became a little darker during "My Secret Life" (2003). By 2006 and the release of "What Remains",Conkle and Jablonsky have arrived back into the gothic rock / darkwave genre that had been such a large influence during their formative musical years of the 1980's. In 2008, they are mainly a studio project that has also explored other creative aspects of music and multimedia digital production including the release of the "Odysseys" music video, a self-produced 3D animated computer graphics project.
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