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Frenchy and the Punk


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It’s said Frenchy and the Punk is better than Prozac. In a world that glorifies and rewards the morose, this unconventional duo have made an art form of sparking the spirit.
Forever squirming from genre labeling like the proverbial cat attempting to free itself from an overly attentive human, this commitment-phobic pair prefer to call themselves ‘acoustic alternative post-punk.’ Using their unconventional delivery to create a wall of sound, the music charges the feel-good battery of any listener not resistant to feeling good.
Bi-lingual French-born Siouxsie-esque singer Samantha Stephenson writes cheeky, clever lyrics blessed with humble depth that are universal yet distinctly from a feminine perspective. The music is created by live looping guitarist and veteran of the punk scene Scott Helland, who started as the bass player and co-founder of Deep Wound — the hardcore band with J Mascis and Lou Barlow. A fateful day in New York City in 1998 Helland and Stephenson’s paths crossed planting the collaborative seed that led to Frenchy and the Punk.
Today, armed with his acoustic-electric hybrid Godin multiac guitar and an array of pedals, Helland creates his very own sound replete with infectious melodies. Stephenson belts out strong girl power anthems and croons soft sultry ballads both in English and French. The chemistry between the two is undeniable and their stage presence and fiery performances bring an added deliciousness to their music.


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