Frankie & The Heartstrings - Topman CTRL
This month, Topman CTRL teamed up with Hew Stevens to arrange a number of student parties around the country. After kicking off the tour in Belfast and moving on to Glasgow, I caught up with the headliners, Sunderland five piece - Frankie and the heartstrings, in the middle of their five date tour, at Sheffield,s Plug.
The band was joined by Let's buy Happiness, managed by Frankie & the heartstrings guitarist Michael Mcknight and in Frankie's words, the bands "complemented each other well". Although they have different sounds; Let's buy happiness' ethereal female vocals and melodic beats definitely do contrast, yet complement Frankie & the heartstrings' jaunty, fast paced riffs. Hailing from Sunderland, the band has a nostalgic 80s northern pop sound - most notable in the track 'Ungrateful', from their new album.
After the show, I caught up with the band, and discussed tattoos and recording their new album. Hunger
It is obvious, overall of Collins' input to the music, but live - the band have such a unique, definite style about them, most particularly in lead singer Frankie's demeanour, as he jumps about the stage and flicks his hair, he looks as though he is enjoying the show just as much as the people in the crowd.
The original plan for tonight was Penguin Prison followed by Two Door Cinema Club, but there were some issues getting in, so a trip to Brooklyn was made and Fenech-Soler were seen again. So they, and some others, are repeat reviews, which isnât that unfortunate because the sets tonight were so much better. Earlier in the day â well 17:00 â Chapel Club played a small show at Arlene's Grocery in lower Manhattan. Their set list was the same as at Littlefield last night, but comparati... [read more]
Tonight Heaven plays host to a Shockwaves NME Awards show which will be headlined by Sunderland's favourite sons Frankie & The Heartstrings, who are also celebrating the release of their debut album which came out today. Before we get to all of that though, London's Veronica Falls have the honour of opening proceedings - and a stellar job they do, too. They play their way, at break-neck speed, through an impressive repertoire of distorted lo-fi, indie-pop gems. Songs like 'Found Love In A Gr... [read more]
Full disclosure: I needed a hell of a lot of convincing before I came around to Frankie & the Heartstrings. Debut album 'Hunger' didn't seem to have any, mostly leaving me indifferent - and sometimes completely cold. I had them down as one of those bands who clearly had passion and drive, but lacked the sort of killer hooks a band like this needs to get ahead. [read more]