Frankie & the Heartstrings recently released Lilliput‘s new single Nothing To You on November 25th (through their Pop Sex record label). We last spoke with the Sunderland indie-rock quintet back in August of last year, where we caught up and spoke about their debut record Hunger. This time around, we had a chat with front man Frankie Francis to discuss their second LP The Days Run Away, playing songs live, and opening their independent record store.
AMBY: Hello Frankie & the Heartstrings, how are you doing today?
Frankie & the Heartstrings: Hello, I am well and on way to London where I am to speak and champion physical music
AMBY: The last time we spoke was back in August of 2012. What’s the band been up to lately?
Frankie & the Heartstrings: Well we opened our own independent record store in Sunderland. It’s called Pop Recs LTD. Check it out.
AMBY: You released your new album The Days Run Away earlier this year. What are your feelings on the LP now that there’s been time to reflect on it?
Frankie & the Heartstrings: I think it’s great and I’m really proud of it.
AMBY: Did you have any favourite moments while recording the album? And if so, what were they?
Frankie & the Heartstrings: We went to Wembley with Bernard Butler to watch England play. We had pints of lager then put lots of flavours of crisps in a saucepan and sniffed so many poppers our heads exploded while watching Roadhouse in our PJs.
AMBY: What was the inspiration behind The Days Run Away’s album artwork?
Frankie & the Heartstrings: They follow a photo documentary by Paul Alexander Knox, check him out.
AMBY: Your song Nothing Our Way is fantastic. What’s the story behind it?
Frankie & the Heartstrings: It’s kind of our underdogs anthem, it’s how we felt at the time and conveys are frustrations well
AMBY: The band have songs which are very dynamic, so which song is the hardest to play live?
Frankie & the Heartstrings: There’s some songs on the second record we simply can’t play live as they have a female vocal on but we are willing to give anything a bash live.
AMBY: And which song is your favourite to play live?
Frankie & the Heartstrings: I enjoy them all, new ones are exciting but the hits feel good when the crowd know them
AMBY: Who would be in your ultimate concert line-up?
Frankie & the Heartstrings: The Sweet, Status Quo, Biggie Smalls, Mrs Mills and compared by Russ Abbott
AMBY: What’s the best release of the year?
Frankie & the Heartstrings: Hmmmmmmm. I like the last John Hopkins record and the Hookworms LP.
AMBY: And lastly, what’s something about Frankie & the Heartstrings that nobody knows yet?
Frankie & the Heartstrings: Our next record will be our best yet, time gives you perspective and set vision to what you want to do
Thank you Frankie & the Heartstrings, for giving us your answers!
Alicia Atout | @AliciaAtout