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Sound Check: Small Creatures go after a big soul sound

September 29, 2016
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If they wanted to, guitarist Andre Frappier and his wife, vocalist Andrea Cole, could be spending all their time playing with some of the biggest names in pop, rap and R&B.

But these days they also want to make time to be Small Creatures.

That’s the name of the “eclectic soul” group the couple — Detroit natives who now reside in Los Angeles, where they met nearly five years ago — have given their new group, which has released a debut album and filmed and video for the track “Colour + Shade” in Detroit this week. They’re still primarily guns for hire — Frappier most recently on the road with Ariana Grande, Cole in the studio for a who’s who of artists — they’re feeling the pull to make their own music as well.


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At first blush, Andre Frappier and Andrea Cole wouldn’t seem like musical soul mates. He is 43 and she is 27. He came up with the Stones, James Brown and experimental jazz. She spent her growing years steeped in the gospel sound.

But the couple, native Detroiters who met in Los Angeles at a music gig around 2008, will surprise you, much like their sound and drive. Cole comes strong with the vocals as Frappier handles the guitar.

Their group, Small Creatures, performs Thursday night at the Elizabeth Theater at Park Bar in downtown Detroit. After a tune-up performance last Saturday in Southern California, the Detroit gig will be their first official show.