Gimme Your Answers: An Interview w/ Frankie & the Heartstrings

F&THAn Interview with Frankie & the Heartstrings!

There had been many times where I heard these charismatic, lively and catchy tunes being blasted through my sister’s door. It got to the point where I needed to discover who these tracks were coming from, and I’m so glad I did! Frankie & the Heartstrings write highly addictive songs with hooks that will stay in your head for days. When I got the chance to do an interview with the band whose album has been played like mad in our house, I was extremely happy. Take a look at the fun interview with Frankie & the Heartstrings!

AMBY: Well to begin, your band has such a definitive sound, how would you explain your music style to others?

F&TH: I don’t know how to describe it really. It’s not something we really think about, I guess when it’s us 5 making a racket it will always sound like us.

AMBY: What was your favourite song to record on the album, and why?

F&TH: For me it was Hunger as it was a hot day really fun, and our mate Jaff from the Futureheads came down and did some backing vocals.

AMBY: F&TH plus The Futureheads, a fantastic mix. Now, there are lots of different nuances heard on your album, so who are your main influences?

F&TH: We take literature as a serious inspiration, people like Knut Hamsun, Billy Childish, Charles Bukowski, Bill Drummond. Our town Sunderland is a big influence.

AMBY: I’ve yet to have the pleasure of seeing you guys live, so what’s to be expected at your live gigs?

F&TH: We have a punk rock mentality, you’ll be surprised.

AMBY: I’m looking forward to seeing this one day! You happen to be one of ours, but who are your favourite bands at the moment?

F&TH: Girls, Field Music, Warm Digits, Felt, Denim, Shabba Ranks.

AMBY: A great list. And are there any plans to tour North America?

F&TH: No plans right now, but I reckon once we finish this record we could think about it.

AMBY: That would be lovely, my sister Maddie and I would love to see you guys! Last but not least, who do you wish would just go away?

F&TH: Hmmmmm good question, Mitt Romney!

I have to say, the day I get to see this band in concert will be wonderful. It’s great when bands create intriguing and splendid music, and it’s even better when their personalities match it. Check out Hunger which was Frankie’s favourite song to record! And before this ends, I’d like to thank you Frankie & the Heartstrings, for giving me your answers!

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Alicia Atout

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