Friendly Fires Light Up Bowery Ballroom
Friendly Fires’ self-titled debut album is an infectious, instant classic. Crisp, joyous, beckoning vocals and indelible pop melodies coupled with atmospheric guitar hooks, jaggedly tight percussion, and funky bass lines result in the most energetic, danceable, and replayable, party-starter of the year so far. Standouts include “White Diamonds,” “In the Hospital,” “On Board,” “Skeleton Boy” and “Ex Lover.” And of course, lead single “Paris”, further testifies why they are one of the most exciting bands out of the UK.
It is no surprise that their performance last Friday at the Bowery Ballroom kept feet moving and hands raised throughout the set. Lead singer Ed Mac at once channels the swagger of Mick Jagger and the showmanship of Prince – with vocals so upbeat (and at times bittersweet) that you’re constantly reminded of how happy you are to be alive. Edd Gibson nearly convulses into a sweaty, punk-funk delirium on lead guitar while drummer, Jack Savidge, shifts seamlessly from rapid-fire beats to driving four-on-the-floor, keeping the crowd energized from start to finish. Friendly Fires may not have been the headliner, but their seminal debut and amazing live act are sure to catapult these lads from across the pond to “Next Big Thing” status.
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