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.