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Friendly Fires channel The Shining

The band are locking themselves away to write new material

  • 23/01/2012
  • Sinead Garvan

Friendly Fires have flown off to Sweden to lock themselves away in a log cabin to get some inspiration.

"We're off for ten days just to be away from everything and do the exploratory music making, we will see how it goes," guitarist Edd Gibson told 6 Music.

They are off to Australia in March but before that want to try writing new material for the follow up to their second record, Pala, which was released in May last year.

So why Sweden?

Singer Ed Macfarlane explained the surroundings are conducive to their creativity:

"We tend to write quite good music in quite secluded, quite bleak places, in minus 25 degrees weather, Sweden, log cabin, pretty bleak.

"I kind of like the idea that we will spend enough time together that we'll either come out of the end of it absolutely hating each other or come back with something that's completely different from anything we've done before," he continued.

And it seems, in part, they are taking inspiration from a famous horror novel.

"I think we are trying to force on an element of the film The Shining, or the book The Shining, as a cultured gentlemen who reads and doesn't just watch films," Edd explained. 

"We're trying to alienate ourselves into a world of music alone and see what we come up with."

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