The British indie dance rock outfit Friendly Fires rocked a sold out Bowery Ballroom in New York last night, playing songs from their 2008 self-titled debut and new songs from their second full length album. Lead singer Ed Macfarlane whipped up the crowd into a set-long frenzy with his idiosyncratic gyrations and imitable dance moves. Highlights included fan favorites Jump in the Pool, Paris, and encore, Lovesick. Their short tour of NYC and LA plus Australian festivals is a warm up for a full blown tour of US and UK scheduled for the spring.
They have been working on their follow up LP entitled Pala, named after one of Alduous Huxley’s novels and is due for a spring release. According to Spinner’s interview with the band:
The album is titled ‘Pala’ after the locale in Aldous Huxley’s novel ‘Island,’ where parrots whisper uplifting messages to the people living there, and Macfarlane says they plan to feature a colorful parrot on the album cover. “The parrots in the book are trained to give uplifting messages like, ‘Live for the here and now’ and ‘Live every moment while it lasts,’ so we thought that the parrot was a good representation of what the music’s like as well,” he explains. “It’s a far less escapist record than the first record — it’s much more about reality and being brought back to earth and appreciating the world that’s around you rather than trying to escape it.”
If you still haven’t heard their self-titled debut album released in 2008, the album can be streamed in its entirety by clicking below.