Meet the Musicians: Frenchy and the Punk
Frenchy and the Punk can be seen at conventions and festivals across the US and in Europe. Their music is a marvelous mélange of mellifluous melodies and deliciously diverse ditties, the best description comes from the source.
John N Collins (JNC): How would you describe your band?
Samantha Stephenson (SS): We call it Indie Folk Punk Cabaret.
(JNC): Who are your band members?
(SS): Samantha Stephenson – Vocals, Percussion, Drums Scott Helland – Guitar, Live Guitar Looping, Vocals, Drums
(JNC): Can you give me a bit of a history on the band?
(SS): Frenchy and the Punk – Imagine Siouxsie Sioux and Dee Dee Ramone had a duo that was inspired by Django Reinhardt, Edith Piaf, Toulouse Lautrec and Deepak Chopra, this is what it might sound like. One part Dresden Dolls, Sonny and Cher and one part White Stripes. Raised on punk rock and ballet, eclectic and uplifting… fun with a capital F!
In 2005 Stephenson, the sultry French born singer jumped onstage and joined, Helland, the fiery punk rock guitarist from the golden days of the hardcore scene, and Frenchy and the Punk was born. Along the way they became the ‘jewel of the steampunk scene’ and were named one of the ”Top 25 dynamic duos in America’ by Yahoo music. Their show is a carnival of two that will take you from the Moulin Rouge to CBGBs and back again. A rollicking flapper folk punk steampunk indie cabaret with Taiko meets Rio de Janeiro pounding drum instrumentals.
Scott Helland whose serpentine guitar lines and creative guitar looping technique perfectly complement the playfulness and spirit of Frenchy’s lyrics. Helland was co-founder and bassist of the legendary Massachusetts hardcore punk band Deep Wound, whose members included future Dinosaur Jr. members J Mascis and Lou Barlow. Deeply entrenched in that 80s hardcore scene, Scott’s follow up band, Outpatients, shared the stage with some of the biggest bands of that underground movement like Black Flag, Husker Du, G.B.H., Agnostic Front and Cro-Mags.
(JNC): Can you give me a list of your album titles, dates, self produced or record labels, whatever you want to add about each album if you have anything you do want to add.
(SS): Frenchy and the Punk Albums:
(JNC): What are your plans for the future? New albums? Movies? Video?
(SS): We just released Bonjour Batfrog this Fall and we’re working on some music videos for some of those new songs like ‘Don’t Fear The Rabbit’ and ‘Forever and Ever MC Escher’. There’s always a tour coming up too.
(JNC): What are your links?
(SS): They are:
Website – www.frenchyandthepunk.com
Facebook – www.facebook.com/frenchyandthepunk
Twitter – www.twitter.com/frenchyNthepunk
Instagram – www.instagram.com/frenchyandthepunk
CDbaby – www.cdbaby.com/artist/frenchyandthepunk
Bandcamp – www.frenchyandthepunk.bandcamp.com
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