Bands to Watch #151: Frankie and the Heartstrings

By on Wednesday, 23rd December 2009 at 12:00 pm

Today we’d like to introduce Frankie and the Heartstrings, a swinging quintet hailing from Sunderland. The stylish five piece have already supported lady-of-the-moment, Florence and the Machine, on tour, as well as fellow local lads, Futureheads. Will this quiff-driven band be the next big thing to spawn from the Tyne and Wear borough?

From the beautiful doo wop ballad of ‘Fragile’ (which, intriguingly, takes on a Joy Division ‘Atmosphere’ esque aura), to the galloping fun pop that is ‘Hunger’, Frankie and the Heartstrings are absolutely equipped with the musical skills to become one of Britain’s new favourite indie bands. They make you want to get up dance, but they similarly make you want to break down and cry – surely the greatest combination of effects a band could have upon a listener?

While many, including me, are placing the Heartstrings into the generally hazy category that is indie, this quintet’s soulful music encompasses everything from Clash stylee punk, to Dexy’s Midnight Runner ska, to Little Red swing. It’s really quite a treat of a recipe, vintage yet contemporary, so why not check out the official video to the amazing ‘Fragile’, below, to hear more.


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