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Friendly Fires follow-up

Fewer festival appearances in diary as St Albans trio record a second album

  • 18/02/2010
  • Georgie Rogers
Friendly Fires Ed Macfarlane

Synth-pop band Friendly Fires are currently working on the follow-up to their Mercury and Brit-nominated self-titled debut album.

As with most of the first record, the band's frontman Ed Macfarlane is doing the production himself, but he says fans shouldn’t expect to hear the new material previewed at this summer's festivals.

"I think we are going to take it quite easy on the festivals this year while we’re doing the album," he explained to 6 Music. "We don’t want to annoy people by appearing on every single line-up possible.

"We’re going to wait until next year, when the album’s out to really do all the festivals we can."

The singer is seemingly very happy with progress so far: "It’s sounding really good.

"Production wise, I really know what I’m doing now whereas before on the first record, it was kind of like a learning process for us and we weren’t using pop shields – this microphone I’m speaking into now was probably better than the microphone we actually used to record our album - but this time around, we’ve done it properly in that sense, so it sounds fantastic."

"I think the goal is to get it out as soon as possible, but for it also to be as good as possible."

Ed Macfarlane

As for when we might be able to hear the results, Macfarlane said: "We want to get it done by May, but I can’t promise that will happen.

"I think the goal is to get it out as soon as possible, but for it also to be as good as possible. I don’t want to fall into that trap of rushing an album out and then regretting it."

The band walked away empty handed from this week’s Brit Awards, after being up for two prizes, British Breakthrough Act, which was scooped by JLS and Best British Band, which went to Kasabian.

Meanwhile, the band recently announced a covers exchange with Holy Ghost, the disco duo who have remixed Moby, Phoenix, MGMT and Cut Copy in the past. Friendly Fires have covered Hold On, while Holy Ghost have done a version of On Board.

The single, titled Friendly Fires vs Holy Ghost will be released on 8 March and available for download or to buy on 12-inch vinyl.

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