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Video of the Moment #2844: Friendly Fires

 
By on Thursday, 31st May 2018 at 6:00 pm
 

Ten years ago, Friendly Fires were my favourite band of the moment. I was more than a little obsessed with them. I’d consider myself a connoisseur of their music. So when their newest single ‘Love Like Waves’ surfaced a while back and I wasn’t enthusiastic about it, it felt like someone had popped my excitement balloon on them. (Read my review of the song through here.) The promo video for the song released yesterday does its best to further hype up the St. Albans’ trio’s new material. Directed by the famed Giorgio Testi on the island of Favignana earlier this month, it’s a great study of youth and hedonism, capped off with the band’s frontman Ed Macfarlane giving it his all in the middle of an appreciative, dancing crowd in a club. Watch the video for ‘Love Like Waves’, out now on Polydor Records, below. No word yet on an upcoming album, but there’s got to be one in the pipeline, surely? For all of our past coverage on Friendly Fires here on TGTF, come through.

 

Single Review: Friendly Fires – Love Like Waves

 
By on Wednesday, 11th April 2018 at 12:00 pm
 

Good things come to those who wait. Or so the saying goes. If you believe those words to be true, then us Friendly Fires fans should have been in for a treat with their latest single. The St. Albans trio completed a trio of gigs last week, culminating in a triumphant sold-out show last Thursday at London Brixton Academy. Naturally, expectations for their return to stage, as well as to our ears, were understandably high. The same day, the band released ‘Love Like Waves’, which has thrown me for a loop. Having followed them through their first two albums – their 2008 Mercury Prize-nominated, self-titled debut and 2011’s ‘Pala’ with a parrot festooned on its front – I’ve heard from truly great things from them, as well as some missteps.

The new single, unfortunately, feels like the latter. Don’t get me wrong, it’s good to hear its tropical beats and revel in its lazy hedonism. There’s a beauty to the simplicity, I suppose. Hand over your tenner to me now, there’s going to be a lot of dad-dancing to this tune at a festival near you this summer. The crescendo building towards the end is predictable. The best thing about the track are the vocal delivery: Ed Macfarlane gives his vocal cords a good workout, flitting from falsetto to regular singing voice. In clips of their shows last week that I’ve seen so far, things haven’t changed since the those heady, Mercury nom days: Macfarlane is still the centre of activity onstage, and without his charisma, this song just wouldn’t work. The lyrics are a slick balance of repeated, easy to sing along to phrases and innuendo that most probably have missed.

All taken together, ‘Love Like Waves’ is their best attempt at creating a new summertime guilty pleasure, probably best enjoyed with a fruity cocktail with an umbrella in it. Friendly Fires’ main goal is to get bodies out on the dance floor, and that goal hasn’t changed since they got us to ‘Jump in the Pool’ and dance with the ‘Skeleton Boy’. If you consider ‘Love Like Waves’ in that context, they’ve succeeded. If you think too hard beyond that, you’ll be disappointed.

6.5/10

‘Love Like Waves’, Friendly Fires’ newest material in 7 years, is out now on Polydor Records. We’ve written quite a bit about Friendly Fires over the years, and you can read through the entire archive here on TGTF through here.

 

Video of the Moment #1048: Friendly Fires

 
By on Wednesday, 21st November 2012 at 6:00 pm
 

Earlier this month, Friendly Fires released the 30th edition of ‘Late Night Tales’, following in their own footsteps for ‘Bugged Out Presents Suck My Deck’ 2 years ago to curate a whole new collection of club music. This video is their cover of the 1981 song by Sting and Eberhard Schoener ‘Why Don’t You Answer?’, which sees the St. Albans trio flex their electronica muscle. Watch the video below.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c7FUT88wOSE[/youtube]

 

Beach Break Live 2012: Day 3 Roundup

 
By on Friday, 29th June 2012 at 2:00 pm
 

Sunday at Beach Break Live 2012 provided solace from the rain at last, the sun reared its beautiful/overdue shining face midway through the morning and immediately it was time to hit the beach, for the first time.

The stage situated on the beach was a simple one, playing host to a variety of acoustic acts who all believed that they we going to all do an Ed Sheeran and become immensely popular. Sadly, the talent on show meant that if they were to do a Sheeran, it would take 100x as much luck as the ginger-haired ‘Lego House’ maker had.

The first highlight on the main stage were another TGTF favourite, Dry the River. While the audience may have just been using them as a bridging act before 90% of the crowds crush for Ben Howard, the Dry the River boys still knocked out a fantastic set, with astounding depth, especially from a band only 1 album old. ‘New Ceremony’ is an anthem soaring wildly above Pembrey, and on that track alone, it is easy to see why there is such a buzz about them in 2012. ‘No Rest’ was a joy to behold, and the boys left the stage with their heads held high. They’d won this fight. Onto bigger things, methinks!

One of the acts which everyone had been waiting in earnest for was up next. That “beautiful blonde man”, Ben Howard. Now, while I was told before how he had bullied a member of the crowd back at school for not paying attention, I watched on in amazement as from the first strum of his acoustic guitar he held crowds gaze with seemingly no effort.

Now while his set may have been cut short, meaning that the audience were starved of hit ‘Keep Your Head Up’ and popular fan favourite cover track ‘Call Me Maybe’, in the short set he was allowed, he pulled out all the stops to an audience who obviously held him in an extremely high regard. Track ‘The Wolves’ closed the set and with a casual howl, he left. I can’t say he won over anybody that day though, mainly because everyone around me knew every word and seemingly worshipped him. Screaming girls and all. Hardly Beatlemania, but Benmania seems like it’s taking off.

To help close the weekend, the English indie heavyweights the Maccabees strutted onstage. Now while their songs are brilliant, after the excitement and sense of unpredictability that Ben Howard created in his earlier set, the larger and more established Maccabees struggled to mirror it. Sure, the diehards at the front clung to every word, but by and large the audience were largely unreceptive to the band.

Friendly Fires were the final act of the weekend and with weights of expectations high, they delivered, with a cracking set covering both ‘Pala’ and their self-titled debut. ‘Hawaiian Air’ soared through the muggy Welsh breeze and their stylish, indie beats were the perfect end to a weekend of beer, dancing and fantastic music.

 

Update: Beach Break Live 2012

 
By on Wednesday, 18th April 2012 at 6:30 pm
 

It’s looking like South Wales is heating up for this summer. No, you haven’t heard wrong, I’m talking about Beach Break Live and their newest announcement of bands.

The line-up for the seaside smash-up already looked pretty tasty and now look what they have done. They’ve only just gone and made all the more amazing and added the freakin’ Maccabees (pictured above), Dry the River (Bands to Watch here) and Eats Everything. These bands are joining the already formidable talents of Friendly Fires, Dizzee Rascal, Chase and Status and TGTF favourites Brother and Bones and Ben Howard (Bands to Watch here).

One thing is for sure, if you are looking for a good time after your exams, or looking for a blowout at the beginning of summer, then Beach Break Live is the place to go. Tickets are still left at full price and in my humblest of humble opinions should be snapped up. With an eclectic mix of dance/dubstep and old school rock ‘n’ roll, Beach Break is going to be the perfect way to kick off another bumper festival season.

You must be at least 18 years of age to take part. Early bird tickets are sold out, but regular student tickets (if you are either a current student or just graduated student) are £109 plus a booking fee. Non-student tickets are £129 plus a booking fee and are for “anybody who has not studied within an institute of “higher” or “further” education or has graduated more than 3 years prior to the 2012 event”. It’s a little confusing even to us, so we encourage you to read more information, including whether you are buying your tickets through a “rep” or not, on the official Beach Break Live Web site.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hwy9v2MbqxY[/youtube]

 

Preview: Beach Break Live 2012

 
By on Thursday, 23rd February 2012 at 9:00 am
 

Beach Break Live, now in its sixth year, has announced their line-up for their summer 2012 soiree. Billed as “the much loved UK student festival” (really, what better environment can you have to celebrate the end of the school year, the summer and great music than an actual beach?) and boasting sales of over 20,000 tickets in past years, this year’s event will take place the 14th to the 18th of June in Pembrey Country Park. The headliners will be Chase and Status (live) (Friday the 15th), Dizzee Rascal (Saturday the 16th) and one of our personal favourites here at TGTF, Friendly Fires (pictured above, to perform on Sunday the 17th). We would also recommend Nero (Friday), Brother and Bones and the Whip (Saturday) and Dry the River (Sunday) as those not to miss.

You must be at least 18 years of age to take part. Early bird tickets are sold out, but regular student tickets (if you are either a current student or just graduated student) are £109 plus a booking fee. Non-student tickets are £129 plus a booking fee and are for “anybody who has not studied within an institute of “higher” or “further” education or has graduated more than 3 years prior to the 2012 event”. It’s a little confusing even to me, so I encourage you to read more information, including whether you are buying your tickets through a “rep” or not, on the official Beach Break Live Web site.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mLIN9iw3AEQ[/youtube]

After the cut: the weekend line-up as of 21 February 2012.
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