“Tapping on the Glass” single artwork



What the press is saying about Storefront Church:

“theatrical and lushly orchestrated”Brooklyn Vegan

“epic in scope and gorgeous in its melody”New Noise Magazine

“another enormous, haunting sprawl that feels taken from a film soundtrack”  – Stereogum

Ahead of the release of his anticipated new album Ink & Oil, Storefront Church, the alias of Lukas Frank, shares the final taste of the album before its release on June 28th with “Tapping On The Glass.” Weaved with lamenting horns, soft piano and closing with a crescendo of epic proportion, “Tapping On The Glass” follows previous Ink & Oil offerings “The High Room” and “Melting Mirror,” which Paste Magazine included in their Best New Songs roundup upon its release, highlighting Lukas’ “yearning vocal and cinematic poise.” Ink & Oil will also include the previously shared track “Coal,” whose official music video, directed by Lukas, arrives today alongside “Tapping On The Glass.”

Storefront Church will celebrate the album’s release with a hometown show in Los Angeles at The Masonic Lodge at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery on June 28th with support from Maria BC. Tickets are on sale now and can be found HERE. For a glimpse at the Storefront Church live show, check out his recently shared live performance of the aforementioned single “The High Room” at Los Angeles’ Lodge Room HERE.

The 12-tracks of Ink & Oil were produced, written, and performed by Lukas, recorded with a full live orchestra, and co-arranged by Travis Warner (David Campbell) and Lukas to capture the lush cinematic breadth of the album. The project was conceived quite insidiously after years of Lukas deciphering the familial lore of his great uncle Roger. After receiving a five year prison sentence for a desertion charge of the Army in 1993, Roger Frank mysteriously vanished from his cell, leaving nothing but an orange behind. Roger’s body was never found. When he was just 5 years old, Lukas began receiving visitations from his elusive uncle through vivid, recurring nightmares. Roger would come to Lukas in his room and try to speak with him, but Roger’s mouth wasn’t working; like it was glued shut. In his hands was a large orange, the skin peeled back, and written in the rind were words in black ink.

The subsequent years of his life spent between LA, with family on the East Coast and a solitary sabbatical in Connecticut, have been inexplicably haunted by sensory “manifestations” seemingly tied to his uncle’s presence. Images of a black rope hanging in the sky, a flock of black birds swarming inside the supermarket, and phone calls from unknown numbers asking him unnervingly prescient questions have all struck Lukas at various points. Stuck in limbo between walking nightmares and existential visions, Lukas’ perspective shifted with his return to Los Angeles while working on this body of work. Instead of feeling like the visions and dreams were intruders in the night, they became visitors – not always welcome or understood – but accepted as integral pieces of the narrative of Ink & Oil.

While all of the stories told in Ink & Oil speak to experiences from Lukas’s past, there is an open ambiguity as to what’s factually real and what’s emotionally real. Lukas finds his inspiration in the tension between the two; the gray area where memory and belief overtake accepted truth and certainty to reform into something deeper; something that Lukas feels can be described simply as Faith.

Pre-order / save Ink & Oil and check out “Tapping On The Glass” above, learn more about Storefront Church, see upcoming live dates and full album details below.

Upcoming Live Dates

6/28 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Masonic Lodge at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery 

Ink & Oil album artwork

Storefront Church
Ink & Oil 
June 28th, 2024

1. The High Room
2. Faith In Oil
3. Melting Mirror
4. King of the Lobby
5. Burn The Roses
6. Words in the Rind
7. Coal
8. Manhattan Project
9. Orange Grove
10. Divine Distraction
11. Shadowboxing
12. Tapping on the Glass


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