Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Victim of Friendly Fires

Friendly Fires, born of commuter belt boredom, are now one of the most exciting new bands coming from the UK. Last year, a super limited seven-inch, Paris, was judged to be the single of the week in both the NME and The Guardian.

Ed Macfarlane (vocals, synths, bass), Edd Gibson (guitar) and Jack Savidge (drums) met at school and formed their first band when they were 14.

Some facts about St Albans: the Campaign For Real Ale started there in 1972; it's home to the Royal National Rose Society; and a number of episodes of Inspector Morse were filmed there. In other words, it's suburbia writ large. Ed Macfarlane, Edd Gibson and Jack Savidge didn't really have much choice but to form a band.

Their song "On Board" is currently featured in a national TV ad for Wiiand the band recently played to packed houses in NYC and LA earlier this summer.They are just now confirming dates for an October/November tour supporting Lykke Li. Woo Hoo...

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