Here’s Turn Up The Volume‘s interview with dashing all-female unit THE FRANKLYS.
First published on my American buddies website 50THIRDAND3RD…
THE FRANKLYS are a vigorous Anglo-Swedish all-female garage rock force based in England’s capital. The loud and clear unit learned their noisy craft on stages around Europe, America and the UK and released their boiling full length debut ‘ARE YOU LISTENING?’ last summer. A barbed wire powerhouse filled with storming crackers.
A highly electrified garage rock record that made we wanted to know much more about this rowdy four-headed turbo. So it’s quite cool the ladies accepted my invitation for a
Q & A. Let’s start the interview in a noisy way. Here’s ‘Castaway’, the LP’s banging opener..
Welcome Jennifer, Fanny, Zoe and Lexi…
Are ‘The Franklys’ sisters in a way the Ramones were brothers?
“Haha! Well in some ways, but we haven’t changed our surnames.”
When did you know “this is how want we to sound,
this is what we want to tell the world”?
“It was a very organic process and we were naturally influenced in ways
by bands we love, eg. Blondie, The Hives, etc…”
Your smashing debut album is titled ‘Are You Listening?’.
Who should listen to what, ladies?
“Everyone should listen haha!!! The album title was actually a little ‘in’ joke amongst the band. Basically Lexi doesn’t pay much attention so we have to check that she is listening!”
I’m intrigued by the LP’s cool artwork. What’s the story behind it?
“It was done by Australian artist Cal Sino! He’s a genius. Fanny and Jen used to work with him and when we saw his artwork we fell in love with his style and gave him free reign.”
‘Keeper’ is one of my favorite tracks. Sounds like
the song is about an obsessed lover. Is it?
As a male feminist I think it’s about time that women take over after
more than 2000 years of male macho domination. Do you agree?
“Of course we agree! It’s extremely important that we do everything in our power to help create an equal platform for us all in the music industry (and the world). We don’t so much have a plan but we will always pull people up on and call people out for any kind of sexist comments, actions, etc. Recently we had to boycott working with someone due to inappropriate behavior. We will not tolerate sexism, transphobia and misogyny.”
Any rituals before going on stage?
“Stretching!!! And spending some time just us 4 before we go on stage.”
What’s on the van’s stereo when driving to gigs?
From 80s power ballads to grunge, to pop to metal. We listen to a little bit of everything. We love picking up CDs from bands we play with too. Very much enjoying Mint and Calva Louise right now.
Who’s your number one artist/band to go on a world tour with?
“Blondie because they’re a big influence to us.”
What movie would you pick to visualize your music
on a big screen when playing a show?
“A Roller derby film like ‘Whip It!’ That’d be cool.”
“If you could travel in time what artist would you choose to jam with?”
“Nirvana, because they are absolute legends! They changed music forever.”
The Runaways or L7?
“L7! But we love Joan too.”
Florence Welch or PJ Harvey?
“Without a doubt PJ Harvey <3.”
And the winner is…
Vinyl, cassette or compact disc?
“All of the above, any kind of physical product. Between us
we have an enormous vinyl and CD collection.”
Social media: a blessing or a pain in the ass?
Both. Unfortunately, bands need it. On the plus side, you can
keep up to date with everything we do.
Best album you heard this year?
“Death Express by Little Barrie.”
Is playing in a band actually the best job one can imagine?
“It is the dream. It can be super tough though. We all have to work other jobs to keep
us afloat. So juggling between shift work, day jobs and the band can be extremely challenging. Loading our gear in and out of venues, hotels and houses at 3am isn’t
so much fun either.”
Hero of the year?
“#metoo campaign. It’s important that we support each other, stand together,
raise awareness and help to prevent any kind of sexual abuse.”
Prick of the year?
“Jessie Lacey of Brand New. For reasons related to the above ☹.”
The band’s wishes for 2018?
“We would please like some dreamy tour support slots and
to finish/maybe record album #2!”
Thank you, ladies, for this interview. May the road rise with The Franklys.
Time to listen up, folks!…
Album available on Apple Music