After beaming out of Bushwick in 2011 with two buzzworthy singles and videos plus a reputation for turning live gigs into spontaneous DIY parties (and vice versa) Brooklyn quintet Friends will release their debut album Manifest!, June 5th on Fat Possum Records.
The album was produced by the band – singer Samantha Urbani, multi-instrumentalists Lesley Hann, Matthew Molnar, and Nikki Shapiro, and drummer Oliver Duncan. They recorded its twelve tracks between last summer and this spring with engineer Daniel Schlett at Strange Weather studios in Brooklyn.
Manifest! aims both to live up to and to defy the promise of those first singles – “Friend Crush” and “I’m His Girl” – over the course of a thirty-eight minute long player. “ A new track, “Mind Control,” mixed by Grammy winner Paul Epworth, made its worldwide debut this week, as the “Hottest Record in the World” on the UK’s premiere primetime radio show, BBC Radio One’s Zane Lowe.
Friends North American Tour Dates:
June 13 Boston, MA Brighton Music Hall
June 14 Montreal, QC Lambi’s
June 16 Chicago, IL Schuba’s Tavern
June 17 Minneapolis, MN 7th Street Entry
June 20 Seattle, WA Crocodile Café
June 22 Vancouver, BC Fortune
June 23 Portland, OR Doug Fir
June 25 San Francisco, CA Bottom of the Hill
July 2 Austin, TX Mohawk
July 3 Houston, TX Fitzgerald’s Upstairs
July 5 Atlanta, GA The Earl
July 6 Washington, DC Rock N’ Roll Hotel
July 7 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom