Tuesday, 17 May 2011


Is the name of Friendly Fires 2nd album. Released yesterday it is a magnificent follow up to their self titled debut album from 2008. If this doesn't get you in the mood for summer, you need to get on some hard drugs.

South American carnival, and ice cream weren't the only influence though. Singer Ed MacFarlane revealed that novelist and philosopher Aldous Huxley inspired the band in a big way too. Seems a bit strange, since his works aren't exactly what you'd call summery. Quite the opposite really.

“I just felt that the idea of 'Pala” being this hidden utopia – and Huxley's idea of paradise being very temporary and transient, that you have to make the most of something great while it lasts – I felt like these ideas summed up the album pretty well” he says. “The album is different to the first record, in that the first record is very escapist; it's about being somewhere better than where you are. You've got 'Paris' and 'Skeleton Boy' – about closing your eyes on the dancefloor – whereas this is about the here and now; being pulled back to earth, back to reality.”

Whatever. Just go buy it and listen to and dance. Can't wait to see Ed, Edd and Jack playing these songs live with their older tunes. And of course Ed's famous dancing (nothing compared to what you'll find in ol' Bedrocks, mind you). 

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