Frankie makes splash

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SHE made a name for her­self rid­ing waves, strum­ming her acous­tic gui­tar and shar­ing her charm­ing vo­cals with small lo­cal venues – but this year Frankie (pic­tured) felt it was fi­nally time to shimmy and shake things up. The Gold Coast beauty de­cided to take a new ap­proach to her sound, en­list­ing the help of Lon­don pro­ducer Dan Swift, who has worked with the likes of Nick Cave, Snow Pa­trol and Pas­sen­ger. For­merly recog­nised as a chilled out acous­tic-folk songstress, the re­vamped Frankie – real name Fiona Franklin – now em­bod­ies an ’80s pop god­dess. ‘‘When I went to Lon­don and saw a lot of big­ger bands play, I had a de­sire to be more of a front­woman and play big­ger stages,’’ she says. ‘‘I was writ­ing that type of (acous­tic) mu­sic due to the venue re­stric­tions (on the Gold Coast). It wasn’t the style I wanted to play though. I wanted my show to be more ex­cit­ing. I wanted to make peo­ple move and dance.’’ The lo­cal surfer ditched the softer singer­song­writer look in favour of a fierce de­meanour, sim­i­lar to her idols Blondie, Madonna and The Divinyls. ‘‘I got a call from Dan Swift af­ter I sent him a demo, he in­vited me over to Lon­don to work with him,’’ she says. ‘‘I let him take the lead and guide me. I was com­pletely open to change. I said yes to ev­ery­thing. It was quite lib­er­at­ing.’’ The re­sult of that UK visit is a three-track EP which Frankie will re­lease next year. Trans­lat­ing the tunes with a lo­cally formed five-piece band, Frankie says the songs man­i­fest an ’80s pop flavour. ‘‘It’s ’80s in­flu­enced with a mod­ern twist, that was par­tially due to the key­board player (Mike Lord) who I recorded with,’’ she says. ‘‘He was a ge­nius and to­tally nailed the sounds.’’


Frankie, The Ver­nons, The Up­skirts play The Loft, Chevron Is­land, tonight at 8pm. Muf­fin’s Stacey and dance and ada­gio duo El­li­cia and Mitch. Three-course din­ner and show $95. Show at 6pm. Liza Beamish, Flut­ter­bies Cot­tage Cafe´ , Tyal­gum: An evening of song with singer Liza Beamish and David Fen­nell on the baby grand pi­ano. Show at 6.30pm. Tick­ets $35. An­drew Bax­ter, Burleigh Un­der­ground Drum­mers: With Kniki, Mike Beale and Tom Ray Jones. BYO drinks, food and friends. Show at 7.30pm. Belinda Carlisle, Twin Towns: Amer­i­can singer and for­mer lead vo­cal­ist of The Go-Go’s plays new hits and old favourites. Show at 8pm. Tick­ets $65. An Evening With Ho­ges, Jupiters Ho­tel & Casino: The fi­nal show of Paul Ho­gan’s three-night stand in Jupiters The­atre. Show at 7.30pm. Tick­ets $90-$130. StarQ, The Vault: Four-piece plays rock. Show at 7pm. Voice Weavers, Tu­gun Vil­lage: Voice Weavers sing car­ols for the Tu­gun Lights Up Cer­e­mony. Show at 5pm. Mark McConville, Bur­ring­bar Sports Club: Stand-up com­edy with sup­port Paul McMa­hon and em­cee Mandy Nolan. Show at 7pm. Tick­ets $20. Dave Cal­lan, The Arts Cen­tre Gold Coast: Live stand-up show for Com­edy in the Base­ment. Show at 8pm. Tick­ets $25. Whit­ley, Coolan­gatta Ho­tel: Fronted bt Lawrence Green­wood, Mel­bourne band Whit­ley play am­bi­ent folk-pop. Show at 8pm. Tick­ets $17.

cov­ers. Show at 6pm. Free en­try.


Pi­anoman plays smooth Gold Coast Com­edy Club, The Loft: Lo­cal co­me­di­ans show off their stand up skills. Show at 7.30pm. $5 en­try. Tango Club, Swingin’ Sa­fari: Lessons with an Ar­gen­tinian tango mas­ter. Show at 7pm. Tick­ets $10. Voice & Con­gas, South­port Sharks: Latin pop, reg­gae­ton and sal­saton. Show at 7.30pm. Free en­try. Brazil­ian Tues­days, Surfers Beer­gar­den: Brazil­ian bands play live joined by Samba dancers. Show from 10pm.


Ella Fence, Bambu Bar: Ella Fence shares her mes­meris­ing vo­cals for Wed­nes­day Orig­i­nals. Show at 6.30pm. Gold coin dona­tion to artists. Wayne Fos­ter, Twin Towns: Wayne Fos­ter and his three-piece band cover old favourites. Show at 10.30am. Tick­ets $5-$10. Im­pro­vised, Swingin’ Sa­fari: Hosted by Han­lon brothers Saia, Omar and Ruka, guests cre­ate ev­ery lyric, beat and groove on the spot. Show at 8pm. Tick­ets $5. Steve Al­li­son, PA Bar, Jupiters Ho­tel & Casino: Steve Al­li­son per­forms a stand up show. Jimmy James Ea­ton supports. Show at 8pm. Tick­ets $10. Open Mic Night, The Loft: All wel­come. Show at 7.30pm.

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