‘Are You Listening?’ The Franklys demand an answer, scrawling it across the cover of their debut album – a title that seizes you immediately. Think frenetic garage rock meets grunge. Add into the mix a love for screaming guitars, in your face bass, hard hitting drums and raw vocals then you get something that resembles: The Franklys.
Inspired by the indie rock scene in the UK, Swedish Jennifer Ahlkvist and Fanny Broberg moved to London to embark on something compelling and new. The girls crossed paths with East Anglian bassist Zoë Biggs and adding drummer Lexi Clark, they bonded over their love of rock music, coffee and second-hand clothes – The Franklys were formed.
Wasting no time, they threw themselves into relentlessly touring across the UK, Europe and America, including a recent support tour with Airbourne and festival slots at Isle of Wight 2015 and Download Festival 2016.
Building a reputation for themselves as one of the most exciting live bands on the London circuit and beyond, they have transferred the unique Franklys’ sound to their debut album; truly showing their diversity as a band. An album with immense energy throughout, a melting pot stirred with garage, heavy rock, undertones of post-punk, whilst keeping a lively pop funk undercurrent, keeps you wondering what these ladies will pull out of their hat next. Steve Lamacq, BBC 6 Music describes the first single taken from the album Castaway as the “Best thing they’ve done to date!”, and, judging by this, you should be listening.
What’s in a name? Sometimes there’s a meaning behind a band’s name and sometimes it was something random. What’s the story with The Franklys name?
Zoë Biggs/The Franklys: We’re pretty frank so we felt like it fit!
Every super hero or villain has an origin and a band is no different…..minus radioactive spiders and government experiments. What’s the origin of The Franklys?
Zoë Biggs/The Franklys: Two Swedes, two English, all met in London and wanted to play music together. Sorry, no radioactive spiders involved, and even if there were government experiments, we definitely couldn’t tell you (haha).
Have you ever been to the US for either business or pleasure? If you haven’t played here yet, I am sure it’s on your list of places to play.
Zoë Biggs/The Franklys: Yes, we were fortunate enough to play a couple of shows on the East coast a few years back. We would love to return and play more out there, despite the Donald situation.
Why do we still live in a world where some men (club owners/promoters/fans) still look at a female in a band and think that it’s a novelty thing or that they’re just “eye candy?”
Zoë Biggs/The Franklys: I don’t think I have an answer to that, as in fact the last time I was harassed in the street I actually said to the ‘man’; ‘why are you being like this?’, and if he couldn’t account for his behaviour then I certainly can’t.
If you could bring back any musician who is no longer with us to sit down, have a drink and just chat (no performing), who would you want to save a chair for? I know, one is tough so feel free to name two if you have to.
Zoë Biggs/The Franklys: I’d love to have some time to sit down with Sister Rosetta Tharpe, to hear about her outlook and experiences, not only musically but in life in general.
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