Premiering: Frankie and The Studs x (Not Your) Victim
Sep 18, 2020
Whoever said rock n’ roll was dead clearly never heard a song by Frankie and the Studs. Effervescent in their plight to bring the genre into the modern day sphere, the band has an obvious connection to classic rock n’roll with element of ’70s, glam, and punk finishes. Their new single releasing today “(Not Your) Victim” stands to part itself from their signature punk sound and rush the audience to a new wave of sound finding the soul of the genre.
“Through the challenges of living in a patriarchal society, we can never have enough reminders of our innate superpowers as women,” Frankie writes of the new single. “Women supporting women is a powerful force to be reckoned with and this song reminds us to do just that.”
Already scoring major slots with iconic artists, the band has played alongside some of the most notable artists in the genre including B-52’s, Billie Joe Armstrong’s The Longshot, and The Struts.
While the band has ties to a rock legend, front woman Frankie Clarke is paving her own way alongside some studs known as Anthony Stasi and Nick Rossi.
We caught up with Frankie to talk about the new track and and the message she wants to send with her music.
1. Tell us about “(Not Your) Victim” and the story behind it.
I think “(Not Your) Victim is a bit of a departure from the more in-your-face punk songs we normally write. This song is more emotional and personal. I wrote the song about a tumultuous relationship that I was in and I wanted to remind myself of my strength. Now that it’s out into the world, I hope it’s a reminder to all women of the inherent strength we possess.
2. The music video is strong and impactful. What was it like behind the scenes?
Thank you! I felt really emotional while we were shooting, but it was a cathartic experience. I came up with the video concept and had an amazing team and my bandmates on set to help make my vision come to fruition. I got to work with Joyce Bonelli on creating the makeup looks and the video was shot by one of my favorite photographers, Ben Cope.
3. Surrounded by music since birth, do you remember the first contact you had with it and when was the moment you realize you wanted to follow this path full-time?
I took an interest in guitar when I was 4 years old, but was told piano was an easier introduction to music for a 4 year old. I stuck with it until I was about 10 years old and saw the movie School of Rock. I also remember seeing KISS in concert when I was younger and that was a game changer. KISS were like superheroes to me! I started off by playing in a few bands for fun, but I decided to pursue music full time after I graduated college. I always knew I wanted to do something with music, but it wasn’t until I started Frankie and the Studs that I realized this is what I want to devote all my time to.
4. What do you want to spread with your songs?
One of my favorite parts of writing music is having people connect to my songs. Music has always helped me work through my emotions and I hope people can do that with my music. I think it’s amazing how we can relate to one another through music and feel less alone about what we are going through.
5. How has living in and around where you have pushed you and your career/life?
Growing up going to so many shows gave me the stage bug at an early age. I’m definitely a product of my environment and always find inspiration in live music and fashion.
6. Tell us about your upcoming projects!
I will be releasing more music very soon so make sure to follow my band @frankieandthestuds. I’ve also started to make YouTube videos playing with makeup while talking about music. Now that live shows are on hold, making videos has become a new creative outlet for me.
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