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Coachella 2009 30/30 Initiative: Friendly Fires

Posted by Amoebite, March 25, 2009 11:13pm | Post a Comment
127 Bands, 5 Stages, 3 Days and 1 Mean Sunburn.

"Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival - April 17-19th, 2009 or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Find 30 Reasons To Love a Weekend in the Desert."

- By Scott Butterworth



Day #9 - Artist #9 - Friendly Fires:


Friendly Fires, from St Albans, England, first played together at age 14, under the name First Day Back. They parted ways to attend university and after returning in 2006, formed Friendly Fires. Over the next year they released a trio of EPs:  Photobooth, Cross the Line, and The Remix. Their first single "Paris," released at the end of 2007, was named "Single of the Week" by influential English publications The Guardian and NME (New Musical Express), and launched their career with appearances on Channel 4's (England) Transmission Program and (tastemaker English DJ) Zane Lowe's Radio 1.

This led to them supporting Interpol on a tour of the U.K. and numerous performances in the U.S., including opening for Bloc Party here in Los Angeles this past July. Their debut album, Friendly Fires, was released September 1, 2008 and the band just finished promoting the album on the NME Awards Tour 2009 with two of the hottest U.K. bands at the moment, and fellow Coachella 2009 newcomers, White Lies and Glasvegas

Lead single "Paris" sounds like a 3 minute 48 second version of that summer you spent in Europe after graduating college, doing things you hope you never have to explain to your kids. Of course, I don't know anything about that, but a friend of mine told me about it...right, Nick?

"Paris" from the debut album Friendly Fires (2008):



"Jump In the Pool" from the debut album Friendly Fires (2008):


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