Happy Madness

by Frenchy and the Punk

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Happy Madness is Frenchy and the Punks' most sonically adventurous album to date. Where other releases prided themselves with a sparse yet intense vibe - with At the Carnival Eclectique, in particular, providing a hypnotizing tribal calm - Madness pumps up the volume until the guitars and vocals over-modulate to perfection. It's evident from the opening bars of "Make Out" that duo has a new fire in their belly. Their European cabaret has the extra burr of steampunk riding in their riffs. "Magician and the Dancer" marches to victory. "Extra Extra" play out like a Brecht-Weill drinking song. "Yes I'm French!" is a personal sea chantey from singer Samantha Stephenson. "Vaudeville Voodoo"s tough ramp-up makes for a grand celebration. The percussion has extra punch and Scott Helland's guitarwork mirrors his punk roots (he was a member of the legendary '80s punk group Deep Wound with Dinosaur Jr's J Mascis and Lou Barlow). Helland turns dark and psychedelic for "Happy Madness" while the duo find true gentleness with Marionette." A career highpoint.

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released July 5, 2010

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Frenchy and the Punk New York, New York

Fusing foot-stompin' bohemian cabaret folk, French chanson and `80's punk, with vaudeville charm, steampunk flair and pixie spirit this Euro-American duo seamlessly blends raucous, danceable melodies and rhythms with cheeky stories sung in English and French. ... more

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