Friendly Fires: 'We have no desire to write a pop record like 'Pala' again'

Frontman Ed Macfarlane also sets the record straight about the band releasing music under an alias

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Friendly Fires frontman Ed Macfarlane has spoken about the band's new material, stating that the trio have no intentions of writing another pop record like 2011's 'Pala'.

The band have recently been working with producer Andrew Weatherall, which Macfarlane claims has produced some dramatically different results to the band's usual output. Speaking backstage at Poland's Open'er festival, he said:

The music - the way we're writing and the style of it - is very different to anything we've done before; I think we're still learning to write music in a different way. We want to write something long and expansive and drawn-out and, I suppose, a bit more psychedelic.


He continued: "We've done one track and we've got four more ideas that are in the pipeline to be worked on. They're all about 8 minutes long. We're at a stage now where we've had two successful records and we can write something solely for ourselves."

Previously, Macfarlane had been quoted as saying that the band may release this new material under an alias, however it now seems as though the Weatherall-produced tracks will be put out under Friendly Fires' own name.

Speaking of the decision, the singer said that "we've been scratching our heads as to whether we put it out under an alias, but we were thinking that if we do that it kind of implies that you don't have the guts to put your name behind it. So I think even if it is totally weird, psyched out, eight-minute long jams, we're still gonna call it Friendly Fires."

He also confirmed that the tracks would definitely be released at some point, adding that "they're going to have to see the light of day, otherwise we'll never put out another Friendly Fires record".

Friendly Fires recently headlined London's Lovebox Festival, drawing a large crowd despite the day's rainy conditions. The trio play a number of festivals throughout the summer, including V Festival this August and Bestival in September.

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