The Franklys made themselves known to Sister as a band of proud feminists, who believe the music industry is sadly still underrepresented by headstrong females.
We listened. We liked from the word go. And we soon got to know the emerging Anglo-Swedish indie, garage, punk quartet a whole lot better.
Hi guys, could you tell us how The Franklys came to be?
Through a love of writing, playing and listening to similar music, and wanting to bring that music to the rest of the world.
And who have (and continue) to influence you as a band?
There are so many! But to name a few… The Hives, Queens of the Stone Age, Alkaline Trio, Blondie, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Joan Jett, The Strokes, Green Day, Le Tigre, Bikini Kill, Metric, Mando Diao.
You’ve mentioned believing that the music industry is sadly still underrepresented by headstrong females. Who (aside from yourselves) do you see making waves?
There’s so much good new music out there at the moment, coming from all genders – we are spoilt for choice. Some of our favourites at the moment are Calva Louise, Beach Fatigue, Babe Punch, Petrol Girls, Naked Six, Projector and Berries.
How was taking part in Women’s March? Did it encourage new ideas for your music aside from it being so important on a personal level?
It was amazing. There were so so many people there, all marching and chants being shouted, lots of really cool placards too. It was a really peaceful march as well, which was even better. We’re really glad we took part in it, it’s important to get out there and make your voice heard and presence felt. After the march we actually all went off and wrote the video for our latest single ‘Weasel’! Not necessarily inspired by the march though! I think our music is only somewhat political – for example ‘Don’t Kill Your Friends’ off of our debut album is about the decision to take part in the bombing of Syria. But, we as individuals all follow politics, even if it isn’t always at the forefront of our music.
You released your debut album ‘Are you listening?’ earlier this year. How has the response been so far?
It’s been really positive; we’ve received a lot of good feedback from it, so it’s satisfying to have released something that gets a great reaction. And of course, we are always humbled by the loyalty and good vibes from all our fans.
Did touring around its release feel like something of a celebration in the wake of it being out in the world?
Definitely! Having something tangible now, to be able to present that to people, it’s a big buzz. We always have such a laugh on tour, and can’t wait to get back out on the road again.
Where do the ideas come from your incredibly creative and storytelling videos?
No idea, they just seem to happen! For ‘Weasel’, Fanny wanted an energetic aerobics-esque video, and I’d say that’s what we ended up with! There will be something new coming from us in the autumn, so watch this space.
With such a strong reputation already brewing around your energetic live performances, do you feel that you managed to transfer this collective energy on to record?
Yeah, we were all really happy with the outcome. In the past we have struggled a bit to transfer that energy on to recordings, and sometimes it felt a bit flat. But we were working with a great producer called Sean Douglas, and also Jimmy O & Mikey Sorbello from The Graveltones, and together we all managed to finally capture that live energy on record.
What’s next in The Franklys’ schedule?
More gigs on the horizon, and getting started on writing album number two!