Frenchy and the Punk

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Frenchy and the Punk
OriginNew York City, United States
GenresFolk Punk
Punk cabaret
Rock
post-punk
Alternative Rock
Years active2005–present
LabelsEA Recordings
Associated actsScott Helland, Guitarmy of One, Deep Wound, Outpatients, The Gypsy Nomads
Websitewww.frenchyandthepunk.com

Frenchy and the Punk are a Euro-American Acoustic Alternative post-punk cabaret duo based in New York City. They are listed in the top 25 duos in May 2012 by Yahoo Music Blog's List of the Day.[1] Punk guitarist Scott Helland originally from the bands Deep Wound and Outpatients formed Frenchy and the Punk with singer Samantha Stephenson in 2005. The group was originally called The Gypsy Nomads.[2] They adopted their nickname Frenchy and the Punk prior to their first European tour in 2011.[3] Helland also performs solo instrumental music as Guitarmy of One. See Scott Helland

Sound and Style[edit]

Their sound has "elements of cabaret, gypsy and rock" [4] on par with The Dresden Dolls and Gogol Bordello[5] and Stephenson's vocal style has drawn comparisons to Siouxsie Sioux from Siouxsie and the Banshees.[6][7] Guitarist Scott Helland is known for creating a wall of sound onstage and has been "using looping guitar techniques since the 90s" [8] Another facet to Frenchy and the Punk's sound is their drum instrumentals that mix a Taiko-esque feel with a Carnival of Rio intensity.[9][10]

French Connection[edit]

Stephenson was born in Lyon, France [11] and her autobiographical song “Yes! I’m French” offers the witty line “When those jokers served up freedom fries / I saw Lady Liberty rolling her eyes.” [12] They released the all French CD Eternal Summer in 2008 with Samantha "crooning sultry, original French pop tunes in a classy cabaret fashion." [13]

The Punk Connection[edit]

Guitarist Scott Helland was a founding member of the legendary Massachusetts hardcore punk bands Deep Wound with J Mascis and Lou Barlow[14] and Outpatients in the early eighties.[15]

In 2014, after the release of their 4th full length album Bonjour Batfrog, Frenchy and the Punk performed at Scotland's prestigious Edinburgh Fringe Fest.[16]

In January 2019 they released a video for the song Lanky Bell Bottoms from their forth-coming album Hooray Beret.[17]

Discography[edit]

See also Scott Helland

Albums[edit]

Year Title Name Label
2007 Thread & Stone[18] The Gypsy Nomads Exotic Aquatic Recordings
2008 Eternal Summer[19] The Gypsy Nomads Exotic Aquatic Recordings
2008 At the Carnivale Eclectique[20] The Gypsy Nomads Exotic Aquatic Recordings
2010 Happy Madness[21] Frenchy and the Punk EA Recordings
2011 Live at Bube's Brewery DVD Frenchy and the Punk EA Recordings
2012 Hey Hey Cabaret[22] Frenchy and the Punk EA Recordings
2013 Elephant Uproar[23] Frenchy and the Punk EA Recordings
2014 Cartwheels EP[24] Frenchy and the Punk EA Recordings
2014 Bonjour Batfrog Frenchy and the Punk EA Recordings
2016 Batfrog Tracks Lyric & Photo Book Frenchy and the Punk Paris Punk Press
2019 Hooray Beret Frenchy and the Punk EA Recordings

Featured in Compilations[edit]

  • "Blood in the Sky Steampunk Compilation CD" (2012-Frenchy and the Punk)[25]
  • "The Artifice Club Audio Companion" CD (2013-Frenchy and the Punk)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://ca.music.yahoo.com/blogs/list-of-the-day/dynamic-duos-two-price-one-020223980.html
  2. ^ Digitalis, Raven: "Goth Craft", page 14. Llewellyn Worldwide, 2007
  3. ^ Block, Jordan: "Sepiachord Interview", http://www.sepiachord.com/index/interview-frenchy-and-the-punk/ 2013
  4. ^ http://atlretro.com/?s=frenchy+and+the+punk
  5. ^ http://www.csindy.com/coloradosprings/come-to-the-cabaret/Content?oid=2587166
  6. ^ http://www.denverthread.com/new-threads-new-tunes-from-gypsy-nomads-mad-dog-and-the-smokin’-js-and-deadbubbles
  7. ^ http://steampunkchronicle.com/ArticleView/tabid/238/ArticleId/437/High-Energy-Steam-Powered-Pixies-An-interview-with-Frenchy-and-the-Punk.aspx
  8. ^ http://steampunk-music.com/article.cfm?a=85
  9. ^ http://steampunkchronicle.com/ArticleView/tabid/238/ArticleId/397/Here-Come-The-Drums.aspx
  10. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ZrJXl2MhY8
  11. ^ Block, Jordan: "Sepiachord Interview", http://www.sepiachord.com/index/interview-frenchy-and-the-punk/ 2013
  12. ^ http://archives.chronogram.com/issue/2011/2/Music/CD-Review-The-Gypsy-Nomads
  13. ^ http://archives.chronogram.com/issue/2008/7/Music/The-Gypsy-Nomads
  14. ^ Cogan, Brian: "The Encyclopedia of Punk", page 74. Sterling Publishing, 2006
  15. ^ Blush, Steven; Petros, George (Oct 1, 2001). American Hardcore: A Tribal History. Feral House. p. 244. ISBN 9780922915712. Retrieved Aug 10, 2017.
  16. ^ https://www.steampunkalmanac.co.uk/batfrog/. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  17. ^ "Frenchy and the Punk - Lanky Bell Bottoms (Official Video)". YouTube.
  18. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/thread-amp-stone-mw0001650209
  19. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/eternal-summer-mw0001272407
  20. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/at-the-carnival-eclectique-mw0002028317
  21. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/happy-madness-mw0002462651
  22. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/hey-hey-cabaret-mw0002462460
  23. ^ http://steampunkchronicle.com/ArticleView/tabid/238/ArticleId/397/Here-Come-The-Drums.aspx
  24. ^ http://ninjafishmusic.blogspot.com/2014/05/album-review-cartwheels-2014.html
  25. ^ http://steampunkchronicle.com/ArticleView/tabid/238/ArticleId/188/Blood-in-the-Soundtrack-a-review-of-Steampunk-Volumes-1-2.aspx

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