Frankie Fire is one of the most exciting bands in South Africa.
Now that you know how I feel about them, you might think that my review is going to be biased. Well, of course it is, this is after all my opinion… But seriously, once you hear this band perform, you will definitely share my excitement!
I first saw Frankie Fire live when they performed at Firkin Centurion on 16 Dec 2010. My company had the honour of doing the sound for that event, and let me tell you, of all 18 performing artists/bands on that day, Frankie Fire (along with Sons of Signal) was by far the best. Thereafter I was at TuksFM‘s Motherle$$ New Years Party, where they graced the stage with their presence.
When listening to Frankie Fire, you will be forgiven for thinking you are listening to the lovechild that sprouted from a naughty evening between Springbok Nude Girls and aKing.
You will be forgiven, but you will also be wrong. You see, even though there is a definite genre-lapping resemblance, Frankie Fire manages to bring something completely fresh to the table. It’s like they have found the elusive balance between creating music that is alternative enough to stand out, yet commercial enough to sell. This by itself is an accomplishment of note, especially in the South African music scene.
Creative lyrics compliment their solid rhythm and vibrant melodies. Combine this with Francois du Toit’s outstanding vocals, and you have the recipe to bake a musical cake you will WANT to eat all by yourself, but just HAVE to share ’cause it’s so damn good.
My personal favourite tracks are “Bent and Broken” and “Pretty Girls”. What’s yours?
Francois Du Toit
Francois De Bruin Meyer
Frankie Fire is the type of band you will totally rock out to at a gig, yet you can buy every member in your family a CD and they will also like it.