Since we at God Is In The TV premièred their forthcoming single ‘Puppet’ some ten days ago the dust has had hardly had chance to settle on the phenomenon that is The Franklys. Ahead of its official release in three weeks’ time, this short, sharp blast of proto rock n roll doesn’t half hurtle along and still remains on heavy rotation on the GIITV turntable, creating a similar stir to that of The Strokes when they announced their arrival way back in 2001 with first ‘Hard To Explain’ and then ‘Last Nite’.
Both bands owe a comparable debt to early ‘60’s RnB, garage rock from that very same decade and late ‘70’s New York punk – imagine The Sonics conjoined with Blondie – but from that point on their parallel lines diverge. Where The Strokes were five guys, The Franklys are four girls. Where The Strokes all hailed from the Big Apple, The Franklys come from diverse geographical locations. Whilst drummer Nicole Pinto on drums is American, Jennifer Ahlkvist on guitar and vocals and the band’s other guitarist Fanny Broberg both come from Sweden, and bassist Zoë Biggs is English.
Formed in late 2011, they have already built up a strong local reputation on London’s live circuit, enhanced by the release of their first studio recording in February of last year, the self-titled début EP from which ‘Imaginarium’, the B-side of the new single is taken. Get yourself on The Franklys’ express now because to put it quite frankly, they will go far. Catch them if you can at:
22nd March – New Cross Inn, London
2nd April – Barfly, London
20th April – Yardlife Festival, London
26th April – The Good Mixer, London
8th May – Aces and Eights, London
8th August – Strawberry Fields Festival, Leicestershire
And join us again in listening to ‘Puppet’: Released on 7th April 2014 via Electric Wood Records
God is in the TV is an online music and culture fanzine founded in Cardiff by the editor Bill Cummings in 2003. GIITTV Bill has developed the site with the aid of a team of sub-editors and writers from across Britain, covering a wide range of music from unsigned and independent artists to major releases.