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Frenchy and the Punk / Press

“Steampunk seems to be more about image than art. But in spite of their deep roots in this most intriguing niche of American pop culture, New Paltz's Frenchy and the Punk understand the art of songwriting in such a masterful way that the visual aspect of their thing is almost secondary to the penchant of singer/percussionist Samantha Stephenson and multi-instrumentalist Scott Helland for writing great pop songs. And on this fifth full-length of theirs, Bonjour Batfrog, the duo deliver their strongest set yet. These 11 largely acoustic songs strip down the kind of vamp you loved on albums like Murder Ballads by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds or PJ Harvey's To Bring You My Love into a gypsy-kissed jar of that absinthe-and-moonshine concoction you always knew existed. The imagery of their lyrics, meanwhile, will no doubt sate the thirst for the unusual that long-time Frenchy and the Punk fans have come to expect, especially on tracks like "Bringin' Out the Dead (Edward Gorey Séance)"...”

“they’ve created a musical mix that leaves a sweet stain on the skin with the same staying power as evidence from a drunken adventure in a tattoo parlor. The arrangements feature strong roots in Eastern European and French folk, steam-punk imagery, post-punk, Siouxsie-style vocals and just the right sprinkling of straightforward punk rock. The result is irresistible, magically enchanting.”

“It's like the secret history of fairy tales as told in your favorite corner bar at a surreal after hours party”

“...toe tapping blend of gypsy punk folk tinged with cabaret, tribal beats and good old-fashioned bawdy storytelling...”

““Primitive drums, excitement, blood roiling passion, sorcery, artistry, sonic grace, unstoppable Gypsy power.””

Jeff Mach - Event Promoter, Wicked Faire U.S.

“Punk bassist turned medieval rocker Helland still pounds out tempestuous rhythms on his acoustic guitar for the Celtic, ren, & gypsy music fans, but now we’ve finally got his sidekick, Samantha Stephenson, in the mix and she’s crooning sultry, original French pop tunes in a classy cabaret fashio”

Sharon Nichols - Chronogram Magazine

“if you haven't seen them perform, you really should. Their mood is high-octane and exciting and their music perfectly complements that energy.”

Mariam George - Faerie Magazine

“It didn't take long for Stephenson's enchanting lyrics, sung in french, to melt away any preconceptions and expectations. She's an evocative songstress, an amalgamation of late-night cabaret singer and mystical troubadour. And her phrasing works very well against Helland's guitar lines.”

Kate Goldsmith - Taconic Weekend