Sunderland’s Frankie & the Heartstrings announce “best record yet”

Frankie and the Heartstrings at Pop Recs in Fawcett Street, Sunderland.

Frankie and the Heartstrings at Pop Recs in Fawcett Street, Sunderland.

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FANS of Frankie & The Heartstrings can now hear the band’s new material.

The five-piece Sunderland band have announced that their third album will be called Decency – and have released a teaser track ahead of the record’s release in July.

Decency will be the first release with the band’s new line-up.

In recent months, Ross Millard, formerly of The Futureheads, has replaced Mick Ross, Also, Michael Matthews, formerly of This Ain’t Vegas, has replaced Steven Dennis on bass.

Though the album was recorded in Leeds, much of the writing and practicing has taken place in the band’s record store, Pop Recs, in Fawcett Street.

Lead singer Frankie Francis, from Houghton, said: “I know it’s a cliché, but I think it’s the best record we’ve ever made, and I think when people hear it they will agree.

Frankie and the Heartstrings at Pop Recs in Fawcett Street, Sunderland.

Frankie and the Heartstrings at Pop Recs in Fawcett Street, Sunderland.

“Ross has certainly breathed some fresh air into the band, he’s made us realise what we’re about.

“We spent far too long on the last album and, not to say we’re not proud of it, but I think it suffered because of that.”

Next week, the indie pop outfit will head out on a national tour. The closest date to home is Westgarth Social Club in Middlesbrough on May 16.

Decency will be released on July 10. It’s available for pre-order on clear vinyl, CD (with a signed limited-edition poster) and download at the Wichita store – www.wichita-recordings.com – or digitally via iTunes.

I know it’s a cliché, but I think it’s the best record we’ve ever made, and I think when people hear it they will agree.

Frankie Francis, frontman of Frankie & the Heartstrings

All pre-orders will receive an instant download of track Save It For Tonight.