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Happy Madness

by Frenchy and the Punk

Frenchy and the Punk - "Spirited and upbeat with wildly catchy hooks, cheeky lyrics and addictive melodies." This CD is peppered with an array of moods ranging from humourous to dark and sultry. High energy mix of cabaret, folk punk, and Steampunk.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Make Out
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2. House of Cards
3:24 $0.99
3. It's OK
4:14 $0.99
4. Magician and the Dancer
4:33 $0.99
5. Extra Extra
4:17 $0.99
6. Vitame Vas
3:22 $0.99
7. Yes! I'm French
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8. Vaudeville Voodoo
4:14 $0.99
9. Happy Madness
1:43 $0.99
10. Marionette
3:30 $0.99
11. Sombrero Cabaret
4:30 $0.99
12. Dark Carnivale
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Album Notes
Bohemian World Cabaret w/ tribal and Steampunk elements and an undercurrent of the mystickal.

Euro-American duo Frenchy and the Punk, seamlessly combine raucous live guitar looping, cheeky ballads sung in English and French, danceable, modernized old-world inspired melodies and thunderous tribal-march-style drum instrumentals. Get transported to a world full of humor, theatricality, whirling dance and bohemian spirit. Experience their genre-busting non-traditional take on cabaret with a vaudevillian and steampunk flavor rooted in Folk, World and the vineyards of southern France.

French-born Brit. lead vocalist and percussionist, Samantha Stephenson and American-born punk veteran guitarist Scott Helland make up this spirited duo. Stephenson, whose vocals have been likened Siouxsie Sioux, was listed in Yahoo Music's 25 Women to Watch in 2011. Helland has appeared on over 25 recordings and his first group Deep Wound with J Mascis and Lou Barlow is listed in the Encylopedia of Punk published by Sterling.

Touring incessantly coast to coast since 2005 and racking up over 150 shows a year and six full-length albums and a live DVD, they bring their pulse-poundin' tribute to the free spirit lifestyle to alternative music festivals and steampunk/sci-fi/cabaret conventions across the U.S. and Europe.



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Jenn O'Donnell - Indie Reviews -

"It’s a steampunk fairytale with a serious case of wanderlust"
Happy Madness, the fourth album from this duo is chock full of bouncy, fun cabaret punk. Samantha Stephenson (percussion, vocals) and Scott Helland (guitar, vocals) – are hard to pin down to any one style. If the Violent Femmes and and Katzenjammer had babies, this is what it might sound like. It’s a steampunk fairytale with a serious case of wanderlust.
The New York City based duo keep things pretty simple on Happy Madness. Their flare comes in the form of raw grit as opposed to polished stones. While a good chunk of Frenchy and the Punks’ sound is reminiscent of the 80’s, it’s the strange bedfellows of the caravan, campfire singalongs and inner city, seedy bar brawling that swirls this mess into a seriously fun album. And by mess, I don’t mean anything even remotely negative – on the contrary, it’s hard not to feel carefree while listening to Happy Madness.
Opener “Make Out” is a foot stomping rocker about meeting a beau in the parking lot for a make out session. It’s a little lascivious, a little silly, and a great tune to sing along with. After this jumping off point, Frenchy and the Punk explore little bits of everything – punk, folk, gypsy – but in the end it’s all wrapped up in a cabaret or street minstrel style. However, while many of today’s gypsy punk bands drip with their preferred style to the point of over saturation, Stephenson and Helland seem to have a firm grasp on the art of nuance and a heavy helping of good humor about themselves and their music.
I’m not entirely sure how to feel about Happy Madness when it’s stacked up next to many of this year’s releases, but one thing is undeniable – it’s a hell of a lot of fun to listen to. While some folks sniff at any album that isn’t part of the latest hipster buzz, my preference will always be for the groups – like Frenchy and the Punk – out there doing what they love for an appreciative audience.

Robert Burke Warren/Chronogram Magazine

"Happy Madness percolates with stripped-down DIY energy..."
When wizened punks and august hippies gather around campfires to reminisce in the Joe Strummer documentary The Future Is Unwritten, the orange halflight illuminates the striking similarities in their views, their histories, and even their physicality. In that same natural glow we find New Paltz gypsy-cabaret-folk-punk duo Frenchy and the Punk, whose new release, Happy Madness , percolates with stripped-down DIY energy, tribal rhythms, and earthy drama. Samantha Stephenson and Scott Helland are accomplished performing vets; she of the visual arts and dance, he of metal and punk bands.

In languages that veer from French to Czech to English, Happy Madness offers waltz-time chansons of yearning, intrigue and loss (“Magician and the Dancer,” “Marionette”),  hypnotically pummeling manifestos of life in the fecund substrata of neo-paganism (“It’s OK,” “Dark Carnivale”), and modal instrumentals that somehow evoke CBGB, Ennio Morricone, and the Port of Marseille (“Happy Madness ,” “Sombrero Cabaret”). This and more is delivered mostly with acoustic guitar, mallet-pounded drums, hand-held percussion, and cinematic, funny, deftly political, and erotic lyrics. Stephenson’s autobiographical “Yes! I’m French” offers the witty line “When those jokers served up freedom fries / I saw Lady Liberty rolling her eyes,” while the sexy romp “Make Out” is a brazen celebration of parking lot intimacy in which one can almost smell motor oil and Aqua Net. Frenchy and the Punks’ melding of ancient archetypes with scrappy street-level attitude makes Happy Madness a lively must-have for punks, hippies, and everyone inbetween.