Frankie Rose pedals back to SF 

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  • Former San Francisco resident Frankie Rose hopes to stop by El Farolito while she’s in town promoting her new album, “Herein Wild.”
Even though rocker Frankie Rose was on the road backing her ethereal new solo CD, “Herein Wild” — in a tour that hits The City this week — she couldn’t stop thinking about the tricked-out Applebee track bike stolen from her before she left home in New York.

“It was my fault. I left it outside in my neighborhood, locked up for three hours, and somebody saw their opportunity and took it,” she says. “So this is the first time I haven’t had a bike in over a decade.” It really bothered her.

The bicycle was not only Rose’s preferred urban conveyance, it was often her meal ticket when she pedaled posh-restaurant food deliveries around Manhattan.

But the Applebee really got a workout when she resided in San Francisco for eight years, working as a bike messenger for companies such as Silver Bullet, Drag Racer and even a document-serving attorney service.

“But eventually I thought, ‘If I don’t get out of here, I’m going to be a 50-year-old Bay Area bike messenger!” she says. “And I’d always wanted to live in New York, so that’s where I went.”

Rose — who lunched daily with scrappy co-workers on the plaza steps of One Post — collided with larger vehicles a few times. “Again, mostly my fault, because I was speeding through a light or something,” she admits. “But when I started, it definitely was male-dominated. There were probably 10 female messengers, out of maybe 300 guys.”

The weirdest goods Rose carried? A giant bag of shoes for a photo shoot. Her most nightmarish run? “The rainy afternoon I got a call at 4:45, when my day was supposed to be over, for a package that had to go up to Twin Peaks and be there within half an hour,” she says. “And you’re just crying at that point, because there is no easy way up Twin Peaks — it’s horrible.”

Rose had a local punk band called S---storm. But — as she joined the groups Crystal Stilts, The Vivian Girls and Dum Dum Girls, then flew solo in 2010 — her music grew more thoughtful and textured.

Plush tracks on “Herein,” such as “Sorrow,” “Requiem” and “Cliffs As High,” echo her fascination with The Cocteau Twins and all things 4AD.

“With every single record, I’ve learned something,” she says. “It’s definitely been a progression of figuring out what music I wanted to be making.”

She doesn’t have plans to cycle through The City when she’s here. In a tour stop for 24 hours, max, she says, “Usually you just play and then you leave. But I always have to get a burrito at El Farolito on 24th and Mission!”


Frankie Rose

Where: Rickshaw Stop, 155 Fell St., S.F.

When: 8 p.m. Tuesday

Tickets: $10 to $12

Contact: (415) 861-2011,

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