Sing (single)

by Frenchy and the Punk

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SING - An acoustic guitar and vocal track that builds into an euphoric life affirming anthem.
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. At times dark and at times euphoric, 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 — and the bassist in Outpatients, another seminal band of the early ‘80s New England scene. After leaving the Punk scene, Helland began a solo project writing instrumental soundscapes for acoustic guitar while guesting on recordings of fellow artists like singer/songwriter Mark Mulcahy.

A fateful day in New York City 1998 when Helland and Stephenson’s paths crossed began their artistic collaboration that ultimately 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 that defines Frenchy and the Punk. Dipping into rock, middle eastern and Spanish guitar styles — with a penchant for insanely catchy riffs that, to the untrained ear, disguise his love for the heavier side of rock — Helland’s melodies are infectious. Stephenson, whose past is peppered with piano, voice and dance —everything from ballet to hip hop— belts out strong girl power anthems and croons soft sultry ballads both in English and her mother tongue, French. Additionally, she has the precision of a metronome with her creative and quirky percussive accents. The chemistry between the two is undeniable and their stage presence and fiery performances bring an added deliciousness to their music.

DIY to a fault, they have largely existed in the small but hugely loyal scenes of Cabaret, Fae and Steampunk however "this (Batfrog) has some serious wings to fly beyond the parameters of Steampunk and into the stereo systems of anyone who loves quality folk punk" (Ron Hart, Chronogram/Bonjour Batfrog Review). With the new CD, Hooray Beret (April 2019) they prove, once again, they could go beyond the confines of their present scenes.

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released March 8, 2019

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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. This Euro-American duo seamlessly blends raucous, danceable melodies and rhythms with cheeky stories sung in English and French.

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