Monday, August 18, 2008

New music: Friendly Fires

Friendly Fires may have taken two years to record their debut album - but it turned out to be a good thing, as otherwise they'd have been branded with the cursed "Nu Rave" tag and sent straight to the dumper.

For while these St Alban's boys do bear a passing resemblance to the Klaxons' sirens-o-clock noisefest, they also bring to mind the noodly synth superness of Hot Chip and LCD Soundsystem. Singer Ed Gibson describes their style as "psychedelic, funky, groovy house". Thankfully it sounds nothing like that, either.

Their excellent new single Jump In The Pool is out on 1st September, and the band endured a day semi-drowned in a 20ft deep tank of water to make the video. Check it out:

Friendly Fires - Jump In the Pool

Friendly Fire's album is also released by XL Records on 1st September. Have a look at the video for their previous single, On Board for more dance-rock excellence.

And if you like what you hear, has a free, legal MP3 of Jump In The Pool.

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