Govinda - Engineer, Produced, Mixed, Mastered
You know you’ve had a good night when you wake up in a bed full of glitter with Fiona on your mind. The sultry Byron Bay songstress is ready to leave audiences wanting more with her atomic indie-pop, infectious melodies and plenty of sass.
Taking after music mega-babes, Blondie, Madonna and The Divinyls, and drawing inspiration from her favourite artists, Led Zeppelin and Jeff Buckley, Frankie distances herself from the acoustic singer/songwriter stereotype.
Frankie’s not what you expect. While growing up on the Gold Coast’s beaches has given the gorgeous, leggy blonde an indelible connection with the sea, she’s adopted none of the GC’s excess, glitz and fake glamour.
As comfortable on water as she is on land, Frankie spent years travelling and surfing the world and was brand ambassador for surf-industry leaders, Roxy. She also harks back to the carefree, halcyon days of ’70s surfing, a time when all surfers wanted to do was surf all day and rock all night.
And in 2014 that’s what Frankie’s going to do. She wants to play as many shows as she can, introducing new people to her music and her words. Gigging since a young age has given Frankie a stage presence beyond her years. She’s performed alongside Australian artists like Matt Corby, Mat McHugh (The Beautiful Girls) and Phil Jameson of Grinspoon.
Last year Frankie was approached by UK super-producer, Dan Swift, and jumped on the next flight to work with him at the prestigious Brighton Electric Studios. Swift is behind superstars Nick Cave, Passenger, Snow Patrol and top UK label Domino Records, and saw the opportunity to develop Frankie into the artist that she always wanted to be.
Recording at Brighton Electric, following in the footsteps of The Cure and Florence and the Machine, gave Frankie the support she needed to step away from the singer/songwriter stereotype, and forge her own path as a strong, unique, solo act. Dan Swift threw his support behind Fiona saying, “I think she could, and should, reach as high as Kate Bush. The songs have strong melodies that allow for many counter melodies in the instrumentation. Her single, ‘Little Darling’, has an intimacy in its recording, but is easily and equally capable of being a huge hit sing-along. Contextualised for 2014, only the emotionally dead could help but burst with excitement – it’s my best work yet!”
In 2014 expect to see plenty of Fiona rocking and knocking your socks off, coast-to-coast, Australia-wide, all day and all night, baby!