From the opening track ‘Castaway’ on The Frankly’s debut album “Are You Listening” you are instantly captured by the all girl band. The sound is pure garage and has a great pop feel to it. The 4 members, half Swedish half British, have a hint of The Runaways and certainly provide a raw edge that is present throughout the album.
‘Puppet’ has a riff that certainly makes you want to dance. Jen Ahlkvist’s voice although still holding the raw edge provides a more pop inspired side to the song.
The girls show us a darker side with ‘Keeper’ that has a much more deeper riff carried by Fanny Broberg. Ahlkvists voice carries softer yet more edgier than on previous tracks which provides an almost creepier sound.
But if your looking for a track to move to ‘Comedown’ is the one you want. Lexi Clark provides the back bone of this track on the drums and provides that foot-tapping beat that you can’t help but move to. Other album highlights include their latest single ‘Weasel’, ‘Imaginarium’ and ‘You Go I Leave’. The girls said of the recording “We made a conscious decision to try and make as versatile record as possible with a mixture of energetic pop rock songs together with garage, punk, indie, hard rock and funk. Listening to it from start to finish really is a journey through all stages of our live show.” Produced by Sean Douglas, The Franklys and Jimmy O and Mikey Sorbello of The Graveltones, “We have finally managed to transfer the energy and how we sound live on to a record.”
The mix of strong heavy riffs with the straight talking lyrics is captivating to listen to and it’s all held together with the steady bass provided by Zoe Biggs and Clark’s drums which creates something that is rare to hear in music at the moment.It is an album I haven’t stopped listening to since I first turned it on and I’ll certainly be trying to catch them on their UK tour this month!
To celebrate the release of ‘Are You listening?’ album, The Franklysembark on an extensive tour and play a special album launch show in London at The Old Blue Last on May 10th, where the band promise “a hairy rock fest!”
Are You Listening? is an unequivocal triumph. So, are you?