by Peter Aaron
Formerly known as the Gypsy Nomads, the twosome features French-born singer and percussionist Samantha Stephenson and guitarist and percussionist Scott Helland. Obviously, it’s Stephenson who makes up the “Frenchy” end of the act’s moniker. Helland holds down the “Punk” appellation, in spades—in the 1980s, he was the bassist in pioneering Western Massachusetts, hardcore bands the Outpatients and Deep Wound (the latter also featured J Mascis of Dinosaur Jr. and Lou Barlow of Dinosaur Jr. and Sebadoh). The band recently released its ninth album, Bonjour Batfrog, on its own E.A. Recordings label.
Frenchy and the Punk will perform at Irving Plaza in New York on September 25 at 8pm. For more information, visit http://www.frenchyandthepunk.com/.