FREE DOWNLOAD - Gentle Friendly ‘Rrides’ EP
To celebrate our signing of Gentle Friendly, FatCat Records are pleased to present ‘Rrides’, a free-to-download compilation of tracks from the band’s back catalogue as well as a brand new unreleased track, ‘Autumn Nite’ which was premiered on Pitchfork yesterday and will appear on the forthcoming album, and another previously unreleased older track, ‘You Are The Brother’. Including tracks from releases on notable London DIY labels No Pain in Pop and Upset The Rhythm, ‘Rrides’ gives a distillation of the band’s particular brand of future Englishness, a blend of circular melodies, tidal fuzz and sliced up, insistent rhythms.
Head HERE to download the EP.
Operating with an austrere setup of a Casio keyboard, vocals and drums (sometimes electronic) the band push against the pop boundary and have been compared to Health, Ponytail and FatCat alumni No Age by Uncut, while Pitchfork even cited Clipse and Lil Wayne as influences on the band. New track ‘Autumn Nite’ showcases the band as more than the sum of these parts, incorporating warped and distorted keyboards, urgent yet strangely mournful vocals and propulsive drums into a song which could only be Gentle Friendly’s.
This is what the band themselves have to say about the EP:
"History is a circle so here's seven songs of the past/future/present of Gentle Friendly. From the ones we finished this year for our new record to the ones that got lost along the way, these songs are where we are, were and will be as a band in 2014 - it feels like we've come a huge long way. Sing new songs over the old ones. Happy new year!"
Information about the tracks that appear on ‘Rride’:
'Autumn Nite' is previously unreleased and taken from the forthcoming album, to be released by FatCat Records.
'You Are The Brother' is previously unreleased.
'RIP Static', 'Vincentt' and 'Clean Breaker' all appear on the album 'Ride Slow' (Upset The Rhythm, 2009)
'Speakers' appears on the album 'Rrrrrrr' (Upset The Rhythm, 2011)
both available HERE
Ride Symbols is taken from the Night Tape EP, released by No Pain in Pop, available HERE
Upcoming live dates:
Feb 11 - Hoxton Bar and Grill, London, UK (w/, Future Islands)
Mar 14 - Sexbeat Repeater mini-festival, The Shacklewell Arms, London (w/ Moongangs + others)
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