Frankie & The Heartstrings at The Cluny
By admin on April 4, 2010 in Music
Helmed by a frontman with Morrissey’s quiff and the moves of Jarvis Cocker, there’s something endearingly camp and undeniably twee about Frankie & The Heartstrings.
But while their foppish attire, penchant for C86 indie and description of themselves as “kitchen-sink popsters” might suggest the Sunderland quintet have got their sights set on administrating a Belle & Sebastian-sized dose of whimsical pop, their tunes pack a surprising punch.
Set highlight Fragile, for example, might be a bittersweet tale of doomed romance but it’s afforded a few thumps of testosterone by drummer Dave Harper. Books By Fitzgerald, meanwhile, is a wistful treatise on the history of literature and is possibly the first song in history to feature a group singalong about the Great Gatsby author.
Despite forming little over a year ago, the band have already bagged a management deal with Wichita, had their praises sung by the likes of Zane Lowe and Lauren Laverne, and enlisted The Futureheads to cameo on their debut EP. Indeed, with their gimlet eye, dry wit and ear for a tune, Frankie & The Heartstrings could well be set to inherit the intelligent-pop crown of their fellow Wearsiders.
Their new single ‘Tender/Want U Back’ was recorded and produced by the bands own Pete Gofton and mastered by the much sought after James Ford. Due for release on April 26 it will be available via their own POP SEX LTD imprint and restricted to 888 copies.
Catch the band live tonight at The Cluny where they’ll be playing alongside Les Cox (Sportifs) and Warm Digits.
[Image by Ruth Kilpatrick]
[googleMap name="The Cluny" width="500" height="350" directions_to="false"]36 Lime Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 2PQ, 0191 2304474[/googleMap]
- Video: Frankie & The Heartstrings – Tender