NME talked to Friendly Fires ahead of their Saturday evening (July 9) set at T In The Park about their chances of scoring a Mercury Music Prize nomination for their second album ‘Pala’, which was released earlier this year.
The band were tipped to win the 2009 award for their 2008 self-titled debut but were pipped to the post by Speech Debelle and her debut ‘Speech Therapy’.
When asked if they thought they’d be in the running for another nomination this time around, Edd Gibson said: “I don’t know – we’re pretty good at getting nominated for things. There’s been a spate of decent music out though.”
According to bookmakers William Hill, Friendly Fires odds of winning the actual award for ‘Pala’ are 14/1. When told this by NME, Gibson responded: “Fucking hell, that’s amazing!”
This year’s Mercury Music Prize nominations are announced on July 19 and the winner will be revealed at a ceremony in London on September 6.
The band played during bursts of rain on the Radio 1/NME Stage and frontman Ed MacFarlane told the rowdy crowd “Less of the slam-dancing, we’re not a hardcore band any more – more of the hipshaking,” after ‘True Love’, in reference to their old, heavier guitar group First Day Back.
Friendly Fires played:
‘Jump In The Pool’
‘Show Me Lights’
‘Live Those Days Tonight’
‘Pull Me Back To Earth’
‘Kiss Of Life’
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