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Behind-The-Scenes info With Manchester
Synth FOur Piece Girl Friend
The Manchester outfit are now set to drop their much anticipated debut EP in the upcoming week, so we caught up with lead singer Amory to find out a little bit more about the band...
For those who might not have heard of the band, how would you describe your sound?
International Cosmopolitan Art Rock.
What’s your process for creating a new song?
Each one has it’s own set of circumstances. Often it will begin with a single idea, whether it be a vocal hook or a bass line. We don’t spend hours jamming. Songs are written at a piano or on a guitar. Once fully formed the whole band are drafted in to arrange the song.
You’ve said you like “to dress misery in something beautiful” in your work. Where does that come from?
I feel like we’re bombarded with people’s misery in music; we hear endless variations on the same, tired themes. I’m not saying I’ve created some new emotion, but when I write I try to apply my thoughts and feelings to situations that seem exotic and impalpable. I suppose I’m just bored of living so tirelessly in the real world. I’d prefer to dream of somewhere beautiful.
It’s an honour. Sonically, we don’t derive much inspiration from either of those bands, but obviously we’re keenly aware of their influence on pop music. It’s great to be in that ‘ballpark’.
What artists do inspire you and who are you listening to at the minute?
We’re all into the most recent EP from Great Good Fine Ok, they’re an electronic act from NYC who are producing some pretty cool pop music at the moment. Tove Lo’s ‘Queen Of The Clouds’ is getting a lot of airtime at Girl Friend HQ as well.
How do you view the British music scene right now?
I’m really the wrong person to ask...however, well written pop seems to have come back into style. Girl Friend probably wouldn’t have gone down well 10 years ago, now feels like the perfect time.
Excited to be out on tour at the minute?
We are indeed. It’s our first headline tour. We're excited to gauge how people will react to our new material as well as visiting a lot of cities that we've never been to before.
What’s next then? An album to follow up the EP?
After the completion of the tour we'll be back in the studio. We don't have a date set for the album yet, but we've got lots of new material that we're excited to record.
Girl Friend drop their debut EP ‘Arrive Alone, Leave Alone’ on April 27. Find out more about the group here.