“It’s sparkling acoustic based music that simply makes you feel good.”
-Rock NYC Live and Recorded
Not your typical instrumental music, not your typical instrumentalist. Powerful, driving, enveloping Guitars with minimal yet effective beats… beautifully textured concise melodies.
Helland, a veteran of the hardcore punk scene (as a founding member of Deep Wound w/Dinosaur Jr‘s J Mascis) excels at creating unique instrumental music.
The word “acoustic” carries a set of assumptions and associations that Scott Helland has been defying throughout his career. As the punk half of the popular acoustic duo Frenchy and the Punk, Helland explores a fusion of hardcore urgency with gypsy and dark cabaret tonalities and theatricality.
On his new true-solo release, Never End the Rocket Century, Helland discovers an entirely different way to flout the stereotypes of acoustic music.
These 10 concise instrumental compositions find Helland stating memorable, multiculturally-sourced melodies on guitar over luminous, jangling and driving rhythm tracks (all performed by Helland). The effect is cinematic and starkly eloquent; stylish, simple, and utterly coherent song to song.
Never End the Rocket Century defines its own genre, a musical “place” that can only be explained by examining the path of its maker.
Frenchy and the Punk:
This “unique two-person indie folk punk powerhouse,” based in New York, has played nearly every steampunk event known to man, is one of the earliest bands in the scene, and they have been touring across the US and Europe for 12 years.
The pair is made up of bilingual French-born dancer turned singer and percussionist Samantha Stephenson, and guitarist Scott Helland; who was a founding member of the legendary 80’s hardcore punk band Deep Wound along with Dinosaur Jr’s J Mascis, before going on to found the band Outpatients.
Yahoo! Music has named them lucky number 13 on their list of the Top 25 Duos in America.
Frenchy and the Punk’s dance-able, eclectic foot stomper of a show will take you from Paris to CBGB’s and back again. Doused in red wine, kale and granola, raised on punk rock and ballet, eclectic and uplifting…fun with a capital F!
Together this dynamic duo has released 6 CDs, produced a live concert DVD, a 30-page art book, a 50-page lyric and photo book, Scott’s own 8 solo CDs, over 500 finger puppet bats sewn by Samantha, music played in a dozen TV shows and have performed close to a thousand shows together.
They’ll have CDs, shirts, pins, patches, stickers, artwork and even some of Frenchy’s Bohemian finger puppet Bats at their merch booth!
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