FM presents | Friends Of Friends

Leeds trio Friends Of Friends – singer and guitarist Robbie Tooth, guitarist Dominic Marshall, and drummer Tom McAndrew – present their sparkling & expansive indie/electro pop offering via ‘Crossroads’, the first single lifted from their debut EP ‘Picture House’.

How are you today?

Hey we’re all good thanks

So…why did you call the band Friends Of Friends?

We couldn’t settle on a name for almost a year actually and went through several incarnations before this one. Dom just came up with Friends of Friends off the cuff and it seemed to stick. At the moment a lot of our material is sort of nostalgic and we thought the name suited that. It’s so hard to find a band name these days that’s not already taken!

When did you form your band?

Well technically we played our first gig in summer 2016, but had been writing for almost a year prior to that.

What inspired you to make music together?

Tom and I (Robbie) played in a band before when we were in our teens and have been writing together since we were 16, so knew we had ‘musical chemistry’. I started writing songs and Dom got involved to help with some parts at Uni as we clicked too.
We all have pretty similar taste so collaborating together when writing has always come fairly easy.

Can you tell us everything we should know about the single ‘Crossroads’ and about your debut EP ‘Picture House’…

I guess Crossroads is kind of a summary of the EP which was written after going through a lot of big changes personally and as a band. I don’t want to be too specific when defining the track because it draws from a lot of experiences. I just hope it doesn’t appear too bleak, even despite it’s obvious melancholic themes it is intended as an optimistic track in its own way. Picture House as a whole is similar thematically, in that it deals with overcoming change. It touches on familiar subjects like reflection, loss, and uncertainty. We feel like this is something that everyone can relate to, and have all experienced in one way or another.

What were your influences and vibes whilst writing the EP?

We were listening to a lot of 90’s emo bands, modern indie and pop at the time,
but we didn’t intentionally base our sound on this, we just did what came naturally and tried not to overthink it.
I guess on reflection you can definitely hear some of the influences we grew up on, but it’s inevitable that those kinds of things bleed through into your own writing.
We just really like melody and interesting rhythms to be honest.

Are you planning any live shows and what will they be like…

We have some shows booked over the coming months which we are announcing soon and are looking into a UK tour toward the end of the year. Our live sets are pretty dynamic, in that we like to create big energetic moments and moments where you have to listen closely. We like to incorporate loads of different sounds and textures when performing.

Who are your musical and non-musical influences?

We all have a pretty broad taste musically. I guess as we’ve got older we’re a lot more open minded. We’re also really into movies and soundtracks. When we’re composing I think this can have a big influence on how we construct the narratives and soundscapes of our songs.

What does the rest of 2017 hold for the band?

Well we’ve got some more shows in the works supporting the release of Picture House, and a load of new material in the pipeline, so stay tuned.

By Fabrizio Belluschi ©FM
Photography by Carl Battams