Frankie Muniz and Kingsfoil to play at Frankie’sWritten by Brian Bohnert | | email@example.com
Frankie Muniz doesn’t think much about acting these days.
The actor-turned-race car driver has switched his focus from the glitz and glam of Hollywood to his true passion — one that takes him back to days playing drums in his grandmother’s basement.
“Every young guy’s dream is to be in a rock band … or to be a racecar driver. Or an actor,” Muniz said. “I’ve been fortunate enough to have the opportunity to do all of those things. But of all of the things I’ve done, and as grateful as I am, this is my favorite thing I’ve ever done.”
In April 2012, the “Malcolm in the Middle” star became the new drummer of Kingsfoil, an indie-rock group from York, Pa.
And this summer, Kingsfoil will bring its indie-rock sound to Toledo for a show at Frankie’s Inner City on July 3, 2012.
Jordan Davis, Tristan Martin and Tim Warren were in desperate need of a new drummer when their former band mate left the group in early 2012. After six weeks of auditions, they found a replacement in the former TV star.
“I was in a band for a few years and when we parted ways, it was good timing in a sense because Kingsfoil’s drummer had just left,” Muniz said. “Our bands had the same manager so my manager told me to try out. I flew to Pennsylvania and tried out. I didn’t think it was going to happen. I didn’t think I was going to get picked; but, here I am and I’m having the time of my life.”
Muniz is enjoying his new lifestyle. Touring around the country is a change of pace from his days in front of a TV camera. The “instant gratification” of being around the fans is an added bonus, he said.
“I love the band thing. Music is getting to perform in front of a crowd. You get to see their reactions and see them screaming and jumping around. It’s that instant gratification,” Muniz said. “Doing ‘Malcolm,’ we’d shoot like 16-17 hours a day. Sometimes a one-page scene could take 10 hours and the show would air on TV so I would not be able to immediately get a reaction from fans.”
Since Kingsfoil’s inception in 2007, it has shared the stage with many popular rock bands like Stone Temple Pilots, Neon Trees and Third Eye Blind, a favorite of Kingsfoil. Muniz said he found himself star-struck around his musical idols.
“Third Eye Blind is one of our favorite bands for all of us,” Muniz said. “We were always playing together and hanging out and learning from them. For me, it was cool just to see the dressing rooms say ‘Kingsfoil’ and ‘Third Eye Blind’ next to each other.”
Davis, the vocalist for Kingsfoil, said another benefit to sharing the stage with rock legends is the opportunity to spread its music to larger crowds. And with the group putting the finishing touches on its upcoming album, he said it is important to be patient and let the music do the talking.
“New music is always exciting but we’re not rushing anything,” Davis said. “We’re trying to lay the groundwork and play as many shows as we can to get our music out to as many people as we can before the new album comes out.”
Connecting the audience to the music is the key component for Kingsfoil. Davis said he and his band mates always work hard to tell a good story that the audience can relate to.
“When you’re close to something, it’s hard to put a label on it,” Davis said. “We’re very song-oriented. It has to be a good song and it has to tell a good story. We take a lot of time with our arrangements and we try to bring something unique and new. The whole package is very important to us, but a good story is what gets the fans interested.”
Before joining Kingsfoil, Muniz was a fan of the band. Now that he is a part of the group, he is working hard and devoting all of his time to the music he fell in love with, he said.
“I live in Phoenix. So when I fly in, we have a cram-packed schedule,” Muniz said. “We hit it hard for a couple of weeks and then we get a little break. We’re a lot more efficient this way. It’s a lot of work but it’s a blast. I love the guys and it’s so cool to be part of something you’re such a fan of.”
With the new album almost finished and the tour going strong, the sudden lineup change has not put the brakes on Kingsfoil’s future. Davis said the inclusion of Muniz has only made the band stronger.
“When you go through a lineup change, it is very challenging but it kind of puts some wind in the sails,” Davis said. “We’re not slowing down anytime soon.”
Doors will open at 6 p.m. July 3 with former “The Voice” contestant Matt “Ducky” Schmohl and his band Ducky & The Vintage opening the show. Tickets can be purchased at Culture Clash Records and Ramalama Records.