Frankie makes splash
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.’’
– ROSE SADLEIR
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.