Friendly Fires - 'Blue Cassette'

Friendly Fires - 'Blue Cassette'

Hallelujah! After all this decidedly snoozy partying, praise the Lord for Friendly Fires , for they truly do have the whole best-night-of-your-life spiel down pat. And, by crivens, they know what doth make a killer single: a stonkingly stupendous...

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Album Review: Friendly Fires - 'Pala'

Friendly Fires - 'Pala'

At a time when laptop twiddlers appear as gods and the musical landscape shifts with a click of the refresh button, there’s something about the words ‘dance-punk band from St Albans’ that feels wronger than a fleet of parasailing donkeys....

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Live Review: Friendly Fires

Live Review: Friendly Fires

XOYO’s small stage is swamped in equipment. There’s a drumkit and some guitars – naturally. There’s a percussion stand, complete with prerequisite cowbell. And to the left sits a compact horn section in glittery gold T-shirts proclaiming...

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Friendly Fires

Friendly Fires

Sure, launching yourself open-legged into the fisting throng is mandatory for today’s frontperson, but it’s rare you see someone step down from the stage with microphone stand in one hand, guitar in the other, and set themselves right in the...

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Friendly Fires

Friendly Fires

If ‘On Board’ was the gang-chant of the 18-30 brigade, then their latest package trip is Friendly Fires at a spa – so relaxed they actually decelerate into the chorus. “Breathe in” Ed Number One suggests, working on his hypnotism stage...

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Friendly Fires

Friendly Fires

Our official indie almanac insists the most important record of the last decade was The Strokes’ ‘The Modern Age’, the single that killed the combat trouser stone dead. But there’s an alternative theory. It postulates the noughties’ most...

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Friendly Fires; Bloomsbury Ballroom II, London, Saturday December 1

Friendly Fires; Bloomsbury Ballroom II, London,...

Great mysteries in modern music include, ‘What became of the likely lads?’, ‘Is this it?’ and, er, ‘Who must be hanged for The Twang’s existence?’ And, as of this evening, ‘Why the hell have Friendly Fires still not signed a huge...

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We Start Fires

We Start Fires

On the day this review was written, NME has listened to this, the fourth single from Darlington’s We Start Fires, 16 times. Using our fingers and toes, we calculate that 16 multiplied by three and a half minutes equals 56. That’s enough time...

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Friendly Fires

Friendly Fires

Distinctly less new rave and more Auntie Maureen in her swank, St Albans’ Friendly Fires are a classy prospect. It’s electro-pop as evening wear – the pilfering bow-tie bass of LCD Soundsystem, the shining brogues and the Teflon beats of...

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Friendly Fires

Friendly Fires

What an incredibly tasteful bunch of bastards Friendly Fires are. ‘Strobe’ is so incredibly lightly, subtly assembled that if it wasn’t for the holes mysteriously worn into our dancing shoes it’d be hard to tell if it actually existed at...

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