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Frankie & The Heartstrings

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Frankie & The Heartstrings are a Sunderland-based indie rock band formed in 2008 The band's debut album, Hunger was released on 21 February 2011, and debuted at No 32 on the UK albums chart


  • 1 History
  • 2 Discography
    • 21 Studio albums
    • 22 Singles
  • 3 References
  • 4 External links


Singer Frankie Francis and guitarist Michael McKnight were at college together Drummer Dave Harper and McKnight had played in local bands for years McKnight and Harper met Francis at a calypso night in a pub the singer was running at the time in Sunderland and formed the band in December 2008 Singer Francis had intended to play bass in the band, but Harper said that "He was the worst bassist ever" The band made their live debut in Christmas 2008 after friend Steven Dennis joined on bass Former Kenickie drummer, Jonny X, now known by his real name Pete Gofton, joined as a keyboardist Pete Gofton has since left in 2010 and was replaced with Soundtracks for a B-Movie and Minotaurs guitarist Mick Ross It has been said that Mick "adds steel, bite and panache to their musicianship" Other band names that were considered included Pop Sex and The New Groomers, but they settled on Frankie & The Heartstrings

The band's debut release was a 10" 7 track live EP 120909, 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

In April 2010, the band released their second single "Tender / I Want You Back" "Tender" was written by McKnight and was originally called "Tender Is the Night" It was recorded with James Ford of Simian Mobile Disco Further gigging continued throughout 2010 including slots at the Glastonbury Festival, Summer Sundae and Latitude Festival, overseas shows in Europe, New York and Tokyo and support slots across the UK supporting The Futureheads and Edwyn Collins, who produced the band's debut album in the late summer and early Autumn at his West Heath Studios in London The band released their third single "Ungrateful" in October 2010

The band's sound has drawn comparisons to Orange Juice and Dexy's Midnight Runners

Hunger, Frankie and the Heartstrings' debut album, was released in the UK on 21 February 2011; it charted at No 32 on the UK albums chart Single "The Postcard" followed on 9 May 2011 The band then went on to support Kaiser chiefs and The Vaccines on their UK tours later in the year A non-Hunger-related single, "Everybody Looks Better In the Right Light", produced by Suede guitarist Bernard Butler, was released on 28 November 2011 Its b-side, "The Way That You Kiss", was produced by Ryan Jarman of The Cribs

The band released their second album, The Days Run Away, on 3 June 2013 At the same time they opened their own record store in Sunderland, Pop Recs Ltd The store was initially only to be open for two weeks as a pop up store to promote The Days Run Away, but community response provoked the band to continue operating it permanently

In 2014 guitarist Mick Ross was replaced by Ross Millard of The Futureheads In 2015, after bassist Steven Dennis left the band, they were joined by Michael Matthews of This Ain't Vegas and Sky Larkin

In July 2015 the band released their third album Decency Recorded in late summer 2014 at Leeds' Suburban Homes studio with MJ of Hookworms at the controls, it was also the first release to feature Ross Millard The band launched the album with shows in London and Newcastle as well as at Pop Recs Ltd The band later toured both on their own and as support for The Charlatans, with James Leonard Hewitson joining them on brass for a number of their dates


Studio albums

Year Album details Peak chart positions
  • Released: 21 February 2011
  • Label: Pop Sex Ltd/Wichita
  • Formats: CD, Digital download, Vinyl
2013 The Days Run Away
  • Released: 3 June 2013
  • Label: Pop Sex Ltd/Wichita
  • Formats: CD, Digital download, Vinyl
2015 Decency
  • Released: 10 July 2015
  • Label: Pop Sex Ltd/Wichita
  • Formats: CD, Digital download, Vinyl


Year Single Peak chart positions Album
2009 "120909"
"Hunger/Fragile" Hunger
2010 "Tender/I Want You Back"
2011 "Everybody Looks Better In the Right Light"


  1. ^ "Frankie & The Heartstrings album debuts at number 32" Altsoundscom 27 January 2011 Retrieved 4 March 2011 
  2. ^ Cochrane, Greg 11 June 2010 "IntroducingFrankie and the Heartstrings" BBCcouk Retrieved 4 March 2011 
  3. ^ a b c d Simpson, Dave 17 June 2010 "Frankie and the Heartstrings: 'Music needs a bit o' spite'" Guardiancouk Retrieved 4 March 2011 
  4. ^ a b Lester, Paul 22 September 2009 "Frankie & the Heartstrings No 632" The Guardian Retrieved 4 March 2011 
  5. ^ No Man Is An Isla
  6. ^ "Frankie & The Heartstrings 120909 Vinyl at Discogs" Discogscom 2011 Retrieved 4 March 2011 
  7. ^ a b c "Frankie & The Heartstrings-XFM" XFMcouk 4 March 2011 
  8. ^ "Frankie and The Heartstrings 'Kick Out the Jams' as the 2010 Reading Festival Kicks Off" NMEcom 27 August 2010 Retrieved 4 March 2011 
  9. ^ Chang, Mary 18 October 2010 "Video of the Moment #370: Frankie and the Heartstrings" There Goes the Fear Retrieved 17 August 2012 
  10. ^ Chang, Mary 20 April 2011 "Video of the Moment #457: Frankie and the Heartstrings" There Goes the Fear Retrieved 17 August 2012 
  11. ^ Chang, Mary 28 October 2011 "Single Review: Frankie and the Heartstrings – Everybody Looks Better in the Right Light" There Goes the Fear Retrieved 17 August 2012 
  12. ^ a b Ian Youngs 9 October 2013 "Frankie and the Heartstrings: Record shop boys" BBC News Retrieved 9 October 2013 
  13. ^ Katy Wheeler 12 March 2015 "Frankie & the Heartstrings on new music and a new line-up" The Sunderland Echo 
  14. ^ Blackwood, Katy 18 December 2015 "Review: The Charlatans and Frankie and the Heartstrings, O2 Academy, Newcastle" Sunderland Echo Johnston Press Retrieved 10 July 2016 

External links

  • Official website
  • Frankie & The Heartstrings on Facebook
  • Frankie & The Heartstrings on Twitter
  • Discogs discography
  • Frankie & The Heartstrings at BBC Online

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