Friends Of Friends (Tallahassee, FL)
Nick Serino – vocals / guitar
Stephen Lamberti – guitar / vocals
Andy Woodruff – bass
Adam Reid – drums
As much as I love punk rock – especially when it’s played with reckless abandon and just enough melody to keep me screaming along and pumping my fist in time with a driving beat – there’s no doubt that the genre is less about innovation and evolution than it is about capturing a fleeting movement of youthful indignation and revolt, and of course the unique bonds formed between those who tend not to trust, well…anyone.
So when I was introduced to Friends Of Friends and its hands-down amazing debut full-length, Deep Search, I was immediately taken aback by how the band transmitted such a unique and unexpected tone, not to mention all the other great stuff that normally comes with any worthwhile punk album. While the Tallahassee quartet isn’t necessarily breaking new ground musically, it still manages to seamlessly blend several difference styles of punk rock, borrowing liberally (and smartly) from a diverse cross-section of genres while forging its own fiery sound.
Imagine a group of four individuals heavily influenced by the southern punk swagger and roots rock that’s been pouring out of their home state of Florida and the No Idea camp for the last 15 years. Add a healthy appreciation for the soaring, full-throttle blitzkrieg of Avail and their Richmond brethren and temper that with discordant, unpredictable instrumental passages more likely to garner the “post” tag by most. Finally, toss in an affinity for the brainy, off-kilter and jagged guitar rock of bands like 90′s indie torchbearers Archers of Loaf, Edsel or even The Raymond Brake and the picture that Friends Of Friends has begun to paint with Deep Search becomes a little clearer. Read more …
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