The international female quartet ‘The Franklys’ consists of members from Sweden, the US and the UK. They bring together their undoubted talents to deliver their special brew of punchy rock’n’roll combined with elements of punk, garage and psych – much of it influenced by early Mando Diao, Queens of The Stone Age, The Strokes, Blondie and The Who.
The Franklys are: Jennifer Ahlkvist (vocals & guitar) Fanny Broberg (guitar) Zoe Biggs (bass guitar) Nicole Pinto (drums)
RAW RAMP chatted to the girls about their special release of ‘Puppet’ and song-writing and playing summer festivals:
Definitely, there’s just something a bit more authentic about it, and of course a sense of nostalgia. Recording on 2” inch tape added an extra warmth to the sound that just wouldn’t be there if we’d recorded it digitally.
HOW IMPORTANT IS IT TO STAY LOYAL TO UNADULTERATED SOUNDS?
Very important. If you can’t recreate the sound live as a band and as an individual I think that takes something away from the performance. It’s definitely all well and good to add a few extra touches to things in the studio, but you don’t want to be building up this massive track that you have no hope of coming close to live.
For us, the live performance is key, we always bring so much energy to the stage and want the audience to feel this too. An unadulterated sound has a little more honesty…
ARE YOU EXCITED ABOUT YOUR ‘STRAWBERRY FIELDS FESTIVAL’?
Super excited! Not really sure what [we’re] expecting – rain perhaps?! It’s going to be an amazing experience. There’s some other really good bands playing across the 3 days too. [We’re] looking forward to catching Catfish & The Bottlemen! It’s great that we’re moving up to the level where we step out of London venues and play to a bigger audience, hopefully on an amazing sunny day.
‘My Love’ is a very special song to us, it’s the one that really jumps off of the EP. We sort of figured it would be another song that would be the lead track, that would make steps forward for us, but this track just came together so perfectly.
It’s such a multi-dimensional song … when you listen to it there’s always something new that you notice.
It’s quite intricate without over-doing it! We set out to make it sound powerful and extra haunting, which I think definitely comes across. And coupled with the video, it can take you to a very dark place.
“PUPPET” HAS MORE OF A SURFER-ROCK VIBE – WHERE DO YOU GET THE INSPIRATION FOR THIS KIND OF SOUND?
Musically ‘Puppet’ is a lot more ‘dance-able’ than ‘My Love’ that’s for sure! The lyrics still retain a certain toughness though…
We never really set out to write a song with a particular sound. With ‘Puppet’, there was a riff set down and we built it up from there. It all came together quickly, Jen had the lyrics ready pretty much instantly, and we jammed and tried new things until it flowed and felt right.
I think the surf rock sound is heard most clearly in the main riff of the song, which is a testament to Fanny’s melody writing (and good ear for effects pedals!) and also in the catchy drum beat where Nicole shows a really good technical level, and, as always, makes it look a hundred times easier than it actually is!
To a point yes! I think we all have places where we cross-over, but also have our own distinctive tastes. Zoe listens to a lot of rock, indie, and shoe gaze, for example The Runaways and Crocodiles. Jen is a big fan of Arctic Monkeys, Queens of the Stone Age and early Mando Diao stuff, as is Fanny, who also is really into Jack White. Nicole loves the sounds of the 60’s, think bands like The Who and more recent bands using the 60’s influence such as Temples.
HOW DO YOU MANAGE TO BREAK FREE FROM THE PUPPET-STRINGS OF POPULAR MUSIC – TO FIND YOUR OWN MOTION – IN A WORLD FULL OF MAROTTES AND STUFFED STOCKINGS ?
I think we’re very lucky that all four of us are very self-assured and confident in our abilities and what we want. We’re also lucky in that we all have big ambitions! The self-assurance helps us to really strive for our own sound and be confident in staying true to ourselves – as corny as it may sound! It’s real shame to see when people are manipulated into doing something, whether that be writing or a performance, that isn’t something they believe in or are comfortable with. And actually I think it shows when this is the case. We have a lot of conviction and I think (I hope!) our sincerity shows through.
WHAT’S NEXT – AFTER PUPPET?
After ‘Puppet’ we’ll be getting back to writing some more new material. We’ve got a couple of songs on the go right now that will be ready and finished soon.
[We] love the writing process and we’re always pleasantly surprised with what we come up with when we all get together. With all our influences mixing together, the songs often take a different direction to what [we] expect and it’s great!
We’re definitely keen to get back into the studio and will have some new songs out in the very near future. In the meantime – we’re releasing a brand new video to accompany ‘Puppet’, so keep checking our youtube channel (www.youtube.com/thefranklysofficial) to be the first to see it!
GOOD LUCK WITH YOUR SINGLE LAUNCH – AND CONGRATULATIONS ON CREATING SUPER-HOT SINGLE. WE HOPE IT DOES WELL.
Thank you, The Franklys
@neilmach © 2014
Images: Lynsey Fox