……and so comes, ‘The Way’, from the now super-distilled 3-piece Friends. Recorded in NYC, June 2013, with a helping hand from Devonté Hynes and Joey Postiglione, ‘The Way’ is the band’s first new recorded music aired since the release of their debut album ‘Manifest!’ in June 2012.
Never afraid to surprise, this time Friends take a turn down an overtly ‘80’s power ballad highway, concocting an anthem that would dominate the erection section of any roller disco worth it’s cherry red wheel lube. A relentlessly sexy groove, whiplash snares, sensually breathless vocals and effortlessly egotistical guitars that clearly aspire to the romanticism, indulgence, and prowess for inspiring baby-making of Prince’s ‘Purple Rain’ lock down from start to finish.
Here is the utterly brilliant and equally bonkers self-directed video from Friends for ‘Va Fan Gör Du’ the fourth single to be taken from the debut album ‘Manifest!’.
Following a rousing and sold out headline show at the Scala, Friends return this August to play a special one-off show at the 100 Club with Santigold and Best Coast, as well as a slew of festival dates throughout the summer. Full dates listed below and ticket links here. In addition, Friends will drop into Maida Vale studios for a BBC Radio One ‘Live Lounge’ on the 29th August. Details can be found here .
7th – Converse Represent, 100club London UK
8th – Oya Festival, Oslo Norway
9th – Way Out West, Gothenburg Sweden
10th – Dockville Festival, Hamburg Germany
12th – Flow Festival, Helsinki Finland
14th – Parades de Coura, Porto Portugal
16th – Frequency Festival, Vienna Austria
17th – Pukkelpop, Hasselt Belgium
18th – Summer Sundae, Leicester UK
19th – Greenman Festival, Glanusk Park Wales
24th Reading Festival, Reading UK
25th - Leeds Festival, Leeds UK
26th – Rock en Seine, Paris France
1st/2nd – Jersey Live Festival, Trinity UK
7th – Berlin Festival, Berlin Germany
9th – Bestival, Isle of Wight UK
Friends featured on the cover of Inpress (Australia)
You’d be forgiven for thinking that Summer isn’t going to happen this year but with their debut LP “Manifest!”, released June 4th, Friends, have still delivered the soundtrack regardless. Oozing effortless cool and sexy insouciance, full to bursting with instantly infectious songs and singer Samantha Urbani’s subversive lyrics, it has gathered critical acclaim from The NME, The Fly, Sunday Times Style, The Guardian and way beyond.
Now, Friends are coming full circle and re-releasing their signature track – the slinky, swaggering siren call of “I’m His Girl” – on August 27th. It still sounds brilliantly fresh – kicking off with Lesley Hann’s instantly recognisable bass-line gymnastics, solely accompanied by floor tom and cowbell, before Urbani croons the already immortal line, “If you see me walking around with him/ I’m not just another chick, I’m, His, Girl”. It’s an absolutely electrifying moment, and one that has lost none of its potency in the intervening months. The single will now also come backed with amazing remixes from the legendary Arthur Baker and the rapidly ascendant AlunaGeorge.
Arthur Baker adds his trademark analogue synths and drum machine loops and subtly introduces the vocal hook-line before stretching out the rest of the track. Baker knows how your feet and ears work more than even you do, and this is New York music through and through. Whilst AlunaGeorge’s addition of effortlessly sultry urban cool, combining a dash of sub, and salsa-spiced steel drums with the original’s ‘bass-line of the year’ turn it into an anthem for any carnival or festival.
Pitchfork yesterday premiered the AlunaGeorge mix, which you can listen to here.
We are thrilled, proud and excited that Friends’ debut album Manifest! is Rough Trade’s Album of the Month for June. Order from Rough Trade and receive a special 5 track bonus disc, which is 100% exclusive to them.
As of today you can preview Friends debut album Manifest! as it is exclusively streaming on The Guardian.
Described by NME as “the soundtrack to every summer party you’ll have this year”, Manifest! is officially released on Monday June 4th and is available to pre-order now from Amazon, iTunes and Rough Trade (with an exclusive bonus disc).
“Equal parts untouchable cool and indelible, hook-laden pop music” – Q
“the soundtrack to every summer party you’ll have this year” – NME
On the eve of the release of the much anticipated debut album (Manifest!, out June 4th) Brooklyn party starters Friends now share the offbeat, effervescent album track ‘Home’, as premiered by Lauren Laverne on 6Music.