Frankie & the Heartstrings
The band’s debut release was a 10″ 7 track live EP 12.09.09, released on their own Pop Sex Ltd records in a limited edition of 500 in November 2009. The following month they followed it up with a double A side 7″ single Hunger/Fragile released on Rough Trade. That month they played their first major tour supporting Florence & the Machine.
Hunger, Frankie and the Heartstrings’ debut album, produced by Edwin Collins was released in the UK on 21 February 2011; it charted at No. 32 on the UK albums chart.The band continue to ignore the lure of lucre and bright lights and remain steadfastly in Sunderland, opening their own record store in the city’s redundant Tourist Office bringing much heralded impetus to the creative heart of Sunderland and it’s many like-minded souls. Amongst the artist who have supported their venture and played recently are The Vaccines, Franz Ferdinand and James Bay.
‘Decency’ follows 2013’s ‘These Days Run Away’ and sees the band continue their uncanny knack for conjuring up moments of introspective beauty whilst encapsulating the band’s ideals, both socially and politically. The pop suss that flowed through previous releases still reigns but ‘Decency’ embellishes those hooks and melodies creating some of the band’s best work to date.
Recorded at the tail end of last summer at Leeds’ Suburban Homes studio with MJ (Hookworms) at the controls, ‘Decency ‘ also sees Futurehead Ross Millard on extra-curricular duty with guitar and vocal artistry making his recording debut as a fully-fledged Heartstring.
‘Following a 4 year hiatus we will use the opportunity Summer Studio has offered to cross the T’s and dot the lower case J’s on a 4th studio album.’