May 18th, 2023 8pm Stage 1
Frenchy and the Punk
In Frenchy and the Punk’s latest release, Zen Ghost, they conjure their own genre-bending blend of gothic folk pop, post-punk and alternative cabaret. Formed in 2005, this multifaceted NY-based dynamic duo takes the listener on a veritable time machine excursion, at one moment to a retro dimly lit neon lighted dance club and then another to a soirée on the River Seine and yet another to a séance deep in the forest on a crisp Autumn night.
French born vocalist Samantha Stephenson sings with a gothy heft and authority all while smashing percussion with metronomic accuracy forged during her years of dance training. Former punk rock bassist turned guitarist and live looping master Scott Helland weaves his spidery electro/acoustic guitar melodies and cheeky garage noir riffage to perfectly complement Stephenson’s vocals. Their performances animate a sonic thread through diverse styles, captivating the audience with their spellbinding brand of original music.
Named among the Top 25 duos by Yahoo music Blog, they have shared the stage with divergent alternative acts like indie rock stalwarts Dinosaur jr, 80s hit makers Thomas Dolby and Toyah Wilcox, fellow New York based Goth king Voltaire, Celtic drum ’n bagpipe heroes Albannach, dark wave favs Cruxshadows and German pagan folk artist Faun as well as scene favorites Abney Park and Steam Powered Giraffe. Equally at home on a festival stage as in a small intimate venue, the duo has toured across the U.S., Canada, UK, Europe and West Africa.