Frank the Baptist is an American gothic rock/death rock founded in San Diego, California by frontman Frank Vollmann.
was founded to release their first album
, Different Degrees of Empty
, in 2003, and all of the band's following albums have been released by the record label
. In 2004, the band toured Europe
for the first time to support their second album, Beggars Would Ride
. The band headlined the Wave Gotik Treffen music festival
in May 2005.
Frank Vollmann relocated to Berlin
in 2006, joining long-time comrades Fez Wrecker (Bonniwell Music Machine, Fuzztones) and Benn Ra (Hatesex
, ex-Diva Destruction), both of whom had coincidentally played in early incarnations of Frank the Baptist in San Diego
in 1997-1998. East Berliner Phantomas joined on drums
, and the new line-up debuted at The Villa in Leipzig
on Friday 13
In November 2006, the band went into Studio Wong in Berlin-Kreuzberg and recorded the band's latest album, The New Colossus.
The band maintains a headquarters of sorts at a bar run by Frank and Fez, called "The Speakeasy Berlin."