Frankie & The Heartstrings – ‘Decency’

Frankie & The Heartstrings - 'Decency'

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The long-standing indie group add new members and horn sections to give their Orange Juice jangle more bite

Frankie & The Heartstrings have become a Sunderland supergroup of sorts, with The Futureheads’ Ross Millard joining their ranks alongside Hookworms’ MJ on production duties. This reshuffle – in ‘Decency’s best moments – adds bite to the band’s Orange Juice-inflected jangle. The title track’s angular guitar slices offset singer Frankie Francis’ naturally chirpy vocal, while ‘Balconette’ is a hyperactive and wonky in the best ways. Elsewhere, things turn drivetime with horns peppering ‘Money’ and ‘Think Yourself Lucky’. With a little help from their friends, Frankie & The Heartstrings are still keeping it interesting.

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Record label: Wichita