December 19, 2013 in Interviews
Friday Club are a new band from the Midlands, combining punk infused garage rock’n’roll and undiluted melodies. We caught up with Josh and Doug ahead of their headline show at The Rainbow Birmingham this Friday, with support from Black Dollar Bills & Swerve.
What are your backgrounds in music and how did you come to be playing in Friday Club together?
Josh: We have all played in bands previously, some with national exposure; Timo played over in Finland with a band called Club De Lay (check them out). The line up has been a bit of an issue recently, but we feel that we have the balance right now and have recaptured the raw energy and power that makes Friday Club… Friday Club I suppose. I mean Timo (the new guitarist) came out of nowhere and has really stamped his mark on the sound.
What do you all do aside from playing in the band?
Josh: Well I like to travel a lot, Doug tends to be more of a recluse (he likes the dark), Kindo is a fan of sandwiches and Timo is a sound designer. I can only really speak for myself, in terms of hobbies; I’m a big Villa fan and I love having deep conversations with complete strangers.
If you had to create a genre for yourself, what would it be called?
Doug: Spunk Rock
Josh: I’d echo that
Describe your separate and collective musical influences.
Josh: I’m a fan of melody… Hence the pop hooks, but I’m also a fan of abrasive noise too; bands like Nirvana, The Pixies, Smashing Pumpkins and Radiohead provide that for me. Vocally, I’m turned on by soul; Sam Cooke, Otis Redding, Marvin Gaye and more recently The Weeknd.
Doug: Rock ‘n’ roll.
What’s your favourite show you’ve ever played?
Doug: We played a gig in Finland a few weeks ago and it was a blast. Who knew Finland liked Friday Club?
Josh: Yeah it was a show in Lahti at a venue called Torvi. A guy called Teemu Leikas invited us over, his label, LOIVA, put our EP out. It was 150 Finnish people pogoing and they all ended up on top of me.
Any plans for any releases in 2014?
Doug: Yes as many as we can! We’ve just put a new track out and we’ll be putting a pretty chilled ska style song out in the new year cause it seems to go down pretty well live. It’s good to get your groove on to. We’ll be doing another E.P for about March time too, which will be more layered production wise, I’m a big Phil Spector fan…
Josh: We are a law unto ourselves… We write when we want, release what we want and we say what we want!
Tell me some more bands we should all be listening to.
Doug: Black Lips, Deerhunter, Animal Collective, Beach Boys, Born Ruffians, T Rex, Phil Spector’s Christmas Album! They all do something to the soul.
Josh: There is a band called Pet Cat they are pretty cool and get some Jimmy Cliff in your life.
You play a headline show for Birmingham Promoters this Friday at The Rainbow. You’ve played the venue before, what do you make of it?
Doug: It’s a good place, we watched the B-Town massive last Christmas and it was a fun night. Wide Eyed were the best.
Describe the show in three words.
Doug: Loud, jaunty and moving (in the move your feet way, not the emotional crying way).
Josh: Chaotic… No two shows are the same. Why is Tony Blair in that new Man United film?
FRIDAY CLUB PLAY THE RAINBOW BIRMINGHAM ON FRI 20TH DECEMBER, WITH SUPPORT FROM BLACK DOLLAR BILLS & SWERVE. TICKETS ARE £5 AND AVAILABLE ON THE DOOR. MORE INFO HERE.