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Upcoming UK Shows May/June 2024

We are looking for more shows to fill up the schedule.

Please contact us at frenchyandthepunk@gmail.com Thank you!

May 21 Bristol (with Miranda Sex Garden / Post-Punk Productions)
May 23 - 31 (dates to be confirmed looking for - Winchester/Exeter/Brighton areas)
Jun 1 Wareham (Alice's Wicked Tea Party Music Festival)
Jun 4 - 6 (dates to be confirmed - looking for Birmingham/York area)
Jun 7 Morecambe (Splendid Day Out Steampunk Festival)
Jun 8 Newcastle-upon-tyne (Tiny Buildings Club / Floorshows Promotions)
Jun 11 - 13 (dates to be confirmed - looking for York/Manchester areas)
Jun 14 Leicester (Firebug)
Jun 15 London (Dublin Castle)
Jun 17 Oxford (Botley Taproom)

Frenchy and the Punk 2024 EPK

Band members: 2

Samantha Stephenson (Frenchy) - vocals, percussion, keyboard, electronic drum pads

Born in France/Sings in both French and English

Scott Helland (the Punk) -  acoustic/electric guitar, looping, backing vocals, electronic drum pads

Founder and ex-bassist of hardcore punk band 'Deep Wound' with
J Mascis and Lou Barlow (now of Dinosaur Jr)
Founder and ex-bassist of 'Outpatients'


New York USA


Post-Punk, Goth Pop, Dark Folk

Some shows (space/time allowing) drumming instrumentals - 2-person Taiko meets Blue Man Group style drumming live video example at Asylum Festival UK: https://youtu.be/X2BVIzXMkPA)


Danceable, witchy, atmospheric

Contact Email:

email: frenchyandthepunk 'at' gmail 'dot' com (or) contact 'at' frenchyandthepunk 'dot' com

Public Relations Agency:

Shauna McLarnon (Shameless Promotions PR) email: contact 'at' shamelesspromotionpr 'dot' com

Contact phone:

(917) 701-6102 (for inside U.S.)

(845) 380-2165 (WhatsApp for International)

Formed in:

2005 (averaging 100 shows per year. Touring in U.S & Europe)

Typical Venues:

Alternative Music Festivals and Clubs, Alternative Events

Venues Examples:

Edinburgh Fringe Festival (Edinburgh, Scotland), DragonCon (Atlanta, GA), FaerieWorlds (Oregon/Maryland), Musikfest (Bethlehem, PA), Waterfire (Providence, RI), Flynn Center (Burlington, VT), FaerieCon (Baltimore MD), Asylum Steampunk Festival (Lincoln UK), O+ Festival (Kingston, NY), Steel Stacks (Bethlehem, PA), Grog Shop (Cleveland, OH), Webster Hall (NYC), Taste of France (NYC), Nambucca (London, UK),  3 Wishes Faerie Festival (UK), SteamTour (Paris France), Watch City Steampunk (MA), The Darby (NYC), Can Can Club (Seattle, OR), Once Ballroom (Boston, MA)

Some of the bands with whom they have shared the stage/Opened for:

The Cruxshadows, Thomas Dolby, Toyah Wilcox (UK), Rasputina, Faith and the Muse, Albannach, Aurelio Voltaire, Bella Morte, Gandalf Murphy and the Slambovian Circus of Dreams, Qntal (Germany), Faun (Germany), Brian Viglione (of Dresden Dolls), The Dolmen (UK), Dinosaur Jr, Abney Park, Steam Powered Giraffe



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Recent Reviews:

"Frenchy doesn’t shy away from theatrics: her infectious vivacity, commanding dance moves and bellowing voice weave into a mesmerizing combination. Helland anchors her with his skillful guitar work, a wonderful alchemy of complimentary energies."   Post-Punk.com

"Penetrating psych-soaked post-punk... Brimming with their signature cinematic drama and that unforgettable voice" Global Texan Chronicles

"Vibrant and danceable. Who says dark can’t also be fun? Zen Ghost, which may be among the year’s best albums to date, is a highly recommended listen"  The Spill Magazine

"...they echo the original’s (Cities in Dust) essence, and they do so flawlessly. Scott Helland’s guitars chime with the same delicate fragility; the backbeats are modestly minimal, serving the song with dutiful restraint. Samantha Stephenson’s vocals seamlessly slip into the same sonic fabric that encapsulated Siouxsie Sioux’s artistry, not mimicking but rather embodying the very essence of her vocal sound." DancingAboutArchitecture.com

"Explosive, subdued, confrontational, soothing, spikey, and accessible, an incredible blend of alt-rock shade and alt-folk light" Big Takeover Magazine

"An inspiring slice of post-punk hued, new wave nurtured rock 'n' roll..." Ringmaster Review



Mon Souvenir

Gear Geist Live

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"Top 25 List of Dynamic Duos - Frenchy and the Punk (#13 )
Yahoo Music Blog

"It is easy to see where some of Frenchy and the Punk’s influences lie – somewhere in a swirl of gothic and post-punk pioneers of the early eighties and perhaps Siouxsie and the Banshees in particular. There are also the echoes of one of my favorite bands hanging over the music, Concrete Blonde; the same shamanic sound, the same blend of the sultry and the sensational, of rock moves and voodoo grooves." The Bigtakeover Magazine

"Making music that can easily be described as bombastic, Frenchy and the Punk find a happy medium between the sonic atmosphere and thoughtful melancholy of post-punk music and the unmistakable drama of cabaret." Amplify Music Magazine

"...when you listen to Frenchy and the Punk, it’s like seeing the timelines of neo-folk, prog-rock, new wave and post-punk in one take. They are an amazing band who alternate effortlessly between the genres and sub-genres of alternative rock, creating a lasting impression. They are also a band whose interludes, witchy-wails, and plucky strums, create a palette of seasonal shifts, dreamy escapades and wistful insights..." Come in and Play, Single of the Month - The Manc Review UK

"...percolates with stripped-down DIY energy, tribal rhythms, and earthy drama...a melding of ancient archetypes with scrappy street-level attitude makes [it] a lively must-have for punks, hippies, and everyone inbetween" Robert Burke Warren - Chronogram Arts and Culture Magazine

Gear Geist

Temple of Sleep

If The World Doesn’t End First


Lanky Bell Bottoms

Lunar Frenzy

Full Bio:

Dark times make for dark songs. And Zen Ghost, the seventh album by New York folk/postpunk/cabaret duo Frenchy and the Punk — singer, percussionist, and lyricist Samantha Stephenson and guitarist and composer Scott Helland — written and recorded during the pandemic-induced downtime of 2020-2021, finds the already shadowy sound of the hard-touring twosome taking an even darker turn. An inward spin, into the pair’s previously unexplored personal planes and interpretations of the insanity of our increasingly tumultuous age. But despite its more pronounced moodiness, Zen Ghost, like the rest of the band’s oeuvre, offers plenty of opportunities to dance in the darkness.

“The dark element’s always been there in what we do,” says Stephenson. “But [when making the album] we were just being ourselves and reacting to what was happening, so that side just came out more. It was natural for us to fall into a darker groove.”

Swathed in swirling, Siouxsie-ish Gothicism, the apocalyptic “If the World Doesn’t End First,” is one of the haunting Zen Ghost’s many instant hits. “It’s essentially a love song wrapped in a nihilistic view of the world,” Stephenson explains. “When everything feels like its unraveling, a different perspective can emerge which can help dissolve fears and bring courage to say or do what has always been in one’s heart.” Another memorable memento is “Mon Souvenir,” an unapologetically new wave-y nugget propelled by Helland’s chugging acoustic chords. With its refrain of “If I can feel / I can heal,” the song, says Stephenson, reflects the album’s central theme: “The idea of transcending those ‘mind phantoms,’ the experiences from the past that linger within all of us.” Digging deeper into the set, the misty, murky psychedelia of “Come in and Play” chronicles, according to the singer, the act of “going within. Being in touch with more esoteric realms.”

“There’s definitely more space in the songs on this album; more atmospheric, midtempo stuff [than on the group’s previous releases],” says Helland, whose effects-enhanced, electrified instrument conjures entire worlds.

Conjuring their own world is what the defiantly independent duo has done for nearly 20 years. Born in France and raised in England and America, Stephenson’s early study of piano and dance ignited her eventual rejection of corporate conformity and fueled her quest to lead a truly autonomous life through art and music. A son of jazz-loving teachers, Helland grew up in Western Massachusetts, where he was a vital player on the region’s famously fertile early hardcore punk scene as the cofounder and bassist of Deep Wound (which also included future Dinosaur Jr. founders J Mascis and Lou Barlow) and Outpatients.

“Had Scott not gone into the burgeoning speed metal scene, he would likely have been J’s choice for the bass player of Dinosaur Jr!,” says Lou Barlow. “Witnessing the passion and ingenuity he brings to Frenchy and the Punk, I still see the same fierceness he had when we were kids. He and Samantha are as DIY as it gets, and they live a life full of music and art the way that many musicians and artists only dream of.”

The dream began when the two met in 1998 in New York City, where Helland had recently started playing solo after a tenure with thrash metal outfit School of Violence. The couple’s musical collaboration started in 2005 when Stephenson, who’d never performed with a band before, spontaneously jumped on stage to accompany the guitarist during a favorite song. The artistic union was immediate, powerful, and undeniable. The two took to the road with fevered zeal, turning heads with their striking Edward Gorey-esque aesthetic and steadily building phalanxes of fervent fans on the mystical-folk/steampunk festival, coffeehouse, convention, and club circuits with their boisterous, revival-like live shows.

Tapped as one of the Top 25 Duos in the US by Yahoo! Music, the freewheeling pair has released a raft of recordings that includes the acclaimed albums Happy Madness (2010), Hey Hey Cabaret (2012), Elephant Uproar (2013), Cartwheels (2014), Bonjour Batfrog (2014), and Hooray Beret (2019). And now, via the enchanting Zen Ghost, Frenchy and the Punk are casting their spell on the wider indie-folk world.

“We are so grateful to have the communities in which we play,” Helland says. “They are the reason we can do what we do, and they are very creative communities.” Stephenson adds, “There is an earthiness there that we really connect and relate to. I think when we get that connection from people who are not necessarily part of those communities, it’s because they get what we do on a visceral level; we are digging into people’s psyches and unearthing their connection to their own spirit.”

Supported by their expanding family of generous fans through a highly successful Kickstarter campaign, Zen Ghost is the duo’s greatest album yet, and its makers’ dedicated drive and intensely independent work ethic are passionately palpable throughout its 10 stellar tracks.

“When a person is so imbued with the drive to play music and be creative, nothing else makes sense,” says Stephenson. “Without it, they cease to exist. It is their raison d’être to their very core because it’s always about the music and art. Period.”

Hello darkness, your old friend. Sincerity shines eternal. And with Zen Ghost Frenchy and the Punk are lighting the way into inspiring new places.

Visit www.frenchyandthepunk.com

"Top 25 Duos in the US" by Yahoo Music Blog.


"Stephenson...the woman with staggering charisma, whose healing energies can be felt pouring off the stage" (Yahoo Music's 25 Women to Watch) Rob O'Connor - Yahoo Music!

"an energetic hybrid of European Folk roots, Punk attitude, World Beat eclecticism and traveling player theatricality." Phil Brucato - BBI Media (Sage Woman)

"I was so shocked by Frenchy and the Punk, they were stunning performers and to top it off the music was brilliant as well" Live Music Weekly, Birmingham UK

"this album (Happy Madness) has beer and absinthe splashed all over the place." Buzzine.com