EX FRIENDS: New EP Streaming Exclusively at Punknews.org
EX FRIENDS (Philadelphia, PA) has teamed up with the the good folks at Punknews.org for an exclusive stream of its upcoming EP, Twisted Around. The five-song effort will officially be released next week (Jan 29, 2013) on 7-inch and digital formats by Germany’s Yo Yo Records (Latterman, Spraynard, Lemuria).
To listen to Twisted Around in its entirety, go here.
Featuring songwriter / bassist Joel Tannenbaum from the legendary (and recently reunited) Plow United, as well as noted punk artist JP Flexner on drums, Twisted Around was mixed and mastered by Arik Victor (Bouncing Souls, Kill Your Idols, The Casualties, Crime in Stereo) and is the follow-up to No Wonder We Prefer The Dark, which was released in 2012 on Paper + Plastick.
The 7-inch is limited to 300 on black vinyl and features handprinted jackets designed by Flexner. You will be able to pick up an EP from the label or directly from the band. For anyone near Philly, the vinyl will be available in-store at Creep Records, Repo Records and Long In The Tooth.
In related news, Ex Friends will be entering the studio at the end of the month to record its debut full-length with Vince Ratti (None More Black, The Wonder Years, Tigers Jaw, Circa Survive). Also be sure to check out Joel Tannenbaum’s recent Switchboard Session where he performed four songs – one from Twisted Around, an unreleased Ex Friends track, a Plow United tune and a J Church cover – over the telephone. You can listen to Tannenbaum’s offerings here and read a great in-depth interview as well.
Watching things decay and fall apart with a wink and a grin is the order of the day on Twisted Around, and Ex Friends often sounds like a death pact between Phil Spector and a train-hopping junkie. Joel Tannenbaum’s scratchy singing and string-smashing guitar fight to a perpetual draw with bassist Audrey Crash’s plaintive vocals and fretless melodic flights. Jayme Guokas’ washes of delay and instantly memorable lead lines, along with J.P. Flexner’s frenetic drumming, split the difference. Kind, cruel, compassionate, catchy as hell. Ex Friends is all those things you’ve ever felt, all those things you’ve ever done and regretted – or not done and regretted – shouted back at you in irresistible one minute and forty-five second intervals.