Frankie Pulls At Our Heartstrings
By Robert Nichols
Wednesday 04 Jun 2014 17:26:00
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Frankie and the Heartstrings swept into Teesside last week and blew everyone away. The indie pop Pop Sex Ltd stars from Sunderland enjoyed a busman's holiday away from their Pop Recs Ltd record shop by playing an in store gig at Sound It Out Records. Frankie and the lads then decamped across Stockton town centre to woo the evening crowd at the Georgian Theatre. A crowd that even included a radio one presenter.

Frankie singsFrom one of Sunderland's best brands to one of Teesside's movers and shakers, The Purnells started the Georgian show off with fireworks. With killer riffs on songs such as Ten Bob and Shake and the wild eye stare of the ever so slightly dangerous frontman, Stu Blackburn, The Purnells show why they have become such a tour de force. Much of the set was drawn from the exhilarating second album A Half Step In To The Shadow but Stu promises a third long player is already in the pipeline. All good from The Purnells.

Tour support on Frankie's mini four date northern tour was fellow Sunderland band, In Vibes. The 3 piece have an adrenalin-fuelled distorted guitar sound with more than a passing backward nod to sub pop. With the current Pixies second coming in full swing it could well be a good horse to back. With gorgeous guitar riffs that would hook the most resistant of fish we look forward to In Vibes next swim beyond Wearside.

Frankie boarded the stage and pivoted around the mic stand as the band clicked into an indie guitar pop groove. The lad has real presence as well as a great voice. There was a surprise in store as Ross Millard from the Futureheads (and Rivals) had been drafted in on guitar. A further surprise was the presence of Radio One presenter Huw Stephens in the audience. It was a week of big names at the Stockton venue as a night later famed Brit pop and beyond producer, Ethan Johns, would enthral another Georgian crowd with a wonderful set of country, blues and folk.

Frankie and the heartstringsThe Heartstrings set built up with a hit and hits of the future as Frankie put it in reference to a couple of new songs. Guitarist Michael McKnight burst in with his Stockton fact, dedicating a song to the invention of the match stick in Stockton. Last year's single “Nothing Our Way,” could not have been further from the truth as everyone was on the band's side.

Frankie finished with a big hitting finale. The Domino Pizza campaigning Hunger had all the crowd up and joining in with Frankie's, “Oh, oh oh Ohh.” Then Fragile rounded off the night before the band joined the crowd, signing and selling at the merch stall. Frankie and the boys pulled on our heartstrings at the Georgian.

Frankie photos - Tracy Hyman


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