Friendly Fires: ‘We’d rather listen to Justin Timberlake than Morrissey’

Band tell NME their new LP has been inspired by NSync and NKOTB

Friendly Fires have chatted about how their second album ‘Pala’ has been heavily inspired by chart pop music of the late 1980s and early 1990s.

Speaking in the new issue of NME, which is on UK newsstands now (May 4) or available digitally, the band said ‘Pala’ is inspired by NSync, New Kids On The Block, Missy Elliott and Bobby Brown, among others.

Asked about whether they were concerned that their new poppier direction would see them taken less seriously, singer Ed Macfarlane said: “I’ve never understood that kind of mindset. I’d much rather listen to a Justin Timberlake record than a Morrissey record with clever lyrics and tried and tested guitar tunes.”

He added: “It’s just not what we’re about. And if that alienates us from the world of indie, well, good.”

To read the rest of the interview with Friendly Fires and for interviews with Wild Beasts, Two Door Cinema Club and a free 16-page guide to the summer’s best festivals, pick up the new issue of NME.

Meanwhile, the band kicked off NME‘s search for Britain’s Best Small Venue by playing a St Albans show last night.