14 Feb 2010

English dance punk band from the UK: FRIENDLY FIRES

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Friendly Fires comprises singer Ed MacFarlane, drummer Jack Savidge, and guitarist Edd Gibson.

Formed out of the ashes of ‘First Day Back’, the St Albans hardcore band they formed while still at school, Friendly Fires make razor-sharp post-punk that burns through the memories of all the dismal, skinny jeaned ‘80s revivalists you’ve been hearing these past few years. Sounding brittle, knotty and urgent, Friendly Fires are the real deal. With no fat or padding on them at all, their songs possess an elegant sparseness. As guitarist Edd Gibson notes: “The hardest thing I think is to know what to leave out, to know when something is enough.” But amongst all the strpped-back twists, there are also moments full of deep, blessed-out melodies. “I love lush, massive, tingly chords; the My Bloody Valentine sound,” says bassist and singer Ed MacFarlane.

wearefriendlyfires.com

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