In Sunderland everything of worth was born of adversity. This is the terrible truth for the creative freaks in this city.

In 2008, Frankie & The Heartstrings found each other in a bar on Sunderland’s left bank. It was raining (obviously). The truth is the band had been formulating itself without them even knowing. Their hideous experiences in pit villages, school-yards and Sunderland’s city center, meant that Sunderland knew long before they did. It wasn’t romantic, it was cold, and it was necessary.

Having no aspirations beyond playing music and putting on shows the way they wanted to hear it and see it, the band gigged tirelessly, finding themselves a home with Wichita Recordings. The band released debut album Hunger in 2011, produced by Edwyn Collins, which received favourable reviews from critics.

Since then they have released a second album, The Days Run Away (2103) and toured with the likes of The Vaccines, Florence and The Machine, and the Kaiser Chiefs. They have also started their own record label (Pop Sex Ltd), regularly curating their own Pop Sex Nite events.

Frankie & The Heartstrings Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter 

Watch the video for ‘Hunger’ below:

Plus support from NEW BAYS

The Buckinghamshire/Birmingham based four-piece formed in late 2012 and since then have released two EP’s, including ‘New Bays’ and ‘Crystal Blue’.  The band have performed alongside the likes of The Cribs, Kids in Glass Houses, Young Kato and Reverend and The Makers, playing at reputable venues up and down the country, including O2 Academy Oxford, The Half Moon in Putney, Nambucca in Islington, O2 Academy Birmingham and Esquires in Bedford. The band are currently in the studio recording their latest EP.

New Bays Links: Soundcloud | Facebook | Twitter