FRANKIE and the Heartstrings will open the tour for their much-anticipated second album at a historic Sunderland venue.
The five-piece are set to raise the roof at Sunderland Minster on May 25 – two days ahead of the release of The Days Run Away.
The album comes two years after the release of debut release Hunger which charted at No 32.
“I don’t think anyone ever expected Hunger to chart because we’re signed to an independent label,” explained drummer Dave Harper from Murton.
He added: “We know from experience that a Top 40 album doesn’t bring fame and riches. I think there’s an expectancy from people for us to do it again because they think it’s a mark of success, when it isn’t. It’s about more than that.”
Soon after the release of Hunger the band went on to support Kaiser Chiefs and The Vaccines on their UK tours as well as scores of other gigs and festival dates across the country and further afield.
In between gigging, they’ve spent two years penning and recording tracks for The Days Run Away and singer Frankie Francis says it’s been a labour of love.
“We are really proud of it, especially as it’s taken so long to do,” he explained. “We’ve already got material for the third album because it’s taken so long. People can expect more of the same with this album, but better.”
The frontman from Houghton added: “In our fans’ heads we’ve been away for so long because we hadn’t released a second album, but we haven’t stopped. We’ve been really busy and we wanted to take our time over things like the artwork to make sure it was right.”
Ahead of the album, single Nothing Our Way, which has already been put on BBC Radio 6Music’s playlist, will be released on May 20.
And the lads said they felt it was important to kick off their tour on home turf before dates across the country in June.
They gave fans a sneak preview of what to expect with an intimate gig upstairs in Pure in February.
Frankie said: “I always get more nervous performing to a couple of hundred people I know than to thousands of strangers in a field at a festival. We enjoyed Pure though, it sold out, and we did everything ourselves from arranging the PA to hand-making the posters and tickets and we only charged a fiver for tickets.”
Dave added: “The Minster gig will be that price too. We’re sick of local bands charging £7-£8 for gigs and not giving people £7-£8 worth of entertainment.
“We’ll be putting on more than just a gig at the Minster, it will be a day of entertainment and celebration.”
Lilliput and Let’s Away have been confirmed for the event with more details being released soon.
•Tickets to Frankie and the Heartstrings at Sunderland Minster are £5 and go on sale from Monday.