I got the following text yesterday from my musical soulmate Brandon regarding FF, "It's like George Michael and Duran Duran had band of British babies who love Prince." I was SO sold. I popped right on over to Youtube to look for a single and found "Hurting." I looked down at the timer...it had taken me 41 seconds to fall in love with this band.
Wait...New Wave, Angsty White Boy, British music????? Yes Please!! This music is so fun. It's infectious and clever. The kind of songs you just lose yourself in and dance til you can't dance anymore. Their current album Pala makes me wish it was summer and I was in LA. I would just drive up and down the PCH blasting this album on repeat.
But lest your dance yourself into a frenzy, FF was kind enough to throw in the body roll worthy track "Pala" and the "You can't help but feel sexy and dance kind of slow with a drink in your hand" track "Helpless." (Oh, am I the only one who feels like that when I listen to that song...just me? Okay.)
Friendly Fires is the kind of band that I like. They make the kind of music that makes you feel something beyond the 3:30 minutes the song is playing. I found myself wanting to listen and really hear. Yeah, the songs are dance worthy. But they're also worth listening to. These days it feels like a lot of songs are one or the other.
I love the flow and tempo of the album as a whole. "True Love" is so Prince influenced I can barely stand it. And any band who honors His Royal Badness can run through my playlist any day. Overall, Pala is more than just worth a listen. If you grew up in the 80s (there is something so New Wave throwback about this album) or if you just like good music, you're going to want to add this to your library. I will definitely be keeping an eye out for these guys this year. With bands like Foster the People getting mainstream shine, my hope is that the labels will recognize that people want to hear something other that Gaga (WACK!!) and lame pseudo-dubstep on the radio. I need good music like the Friendly Fires are making to survive. I need the art form to not be reduced to a few million dollar artists who move units but sound suspiciously similar. God save The Queen and us from crappy repetitive music.
Now run along to Spotify and listen to Friendly Fires.