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Born Radical

by Friendly Foes

Indie Power-pop, fearless in its delivery of he-said, she-said harmony bliss
Genre: Rock: Punk-Pop
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1. Full Moon Morning
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2. Get Yr Shit Together
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3. Couch Surfing
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4. My Body (Is a Strange Place to Live)
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5. Breakfast Burritos
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6. Get Ripped
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7. Walk Home in the Dark
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8. Epic Jamb
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9. Wild (Once in Awhile)
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10. Dying to Survive
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11. Lil' Tiger
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12. Criminal Justice
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13. Rush the Land
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Album Notes
Strip it down. Cut the fat. Verse chorus verse. No bridge? No problem.

That’s it: the simplistic formula behind Friendly Foes – a pop-inspired three-piece hailing just outside of Detroit. But hold up…just because they choose the most economic way to get to power-pop’s Pleasure Island, it doesn’t mean their songs don’t come without a hefty wallop, a fierce bite, and a few twists and turns to keep you on your toes. In Friendly Foes’ world, simple does not equate with boring.

Inspired as equally by 70s punk-songwriters like Nick Lowe and Elvis Costello as they are the glory days of 90s indie rock (Superchunk, Guided By Voices, Chisel) – with a healthy dose of Husker Du and Replacements-style bash ‘n pop thrown in for good measure – Friendly Foes craft rag-tag, rough around the edges rock songs that do away with pretense. Instead, they choose quick routes to get to the gooey guts of what makes for rock-solid jams: whip-smart lyrics and anthemic melodies delivered at an unrelenting pace.

Their first full-length, “Born Radical” (released on Gangplank Records), delivers the Foes’ compact message in spades. Bursting with 13 dynamic songs, the album boasts lyrics that range from nostalgic looks at life before MySpace and Mp3s, to raging diatribes on rock and roll’s currents state of affairs. Guitars slash and burn, the bass rumbles like a heard of stampeding elephants, and drums crash and bang with precise abandon. And it all comes from three distinct players who are hardly indie rock rookies – Allen also sings and plays guitar in Thunderbirds are Now!, Wittman is one third of Kiddo, and Brad Elliott has done his time in the Satin Peaches, amongst others.

Friendly Foes are just but a year old, but have already shared the stage with an impressive list of bands, including Sloan, the Walkmen, the Whigs, the Jealous Girlfriends, Born Ruffians, School of Language, Dosh, Cadence Weapon, Most Serene Republic, Rose Hill Drive, the Golden Dogs, and loads more.



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Should be huge!
When I first heard this album in late 2008, I couldn't believe it was from some indie band not far from my hometown. The songs are amazing, and the whole attitude of this album just drew me in from the start. Ryan Allen is one of the best songwriters that ever hailed from Detroit. Really! by the third song in you'll be convinced. This album is a classic!

Brad at CD Baby

Road worn, rowdy, and reminiscent, this Michigan three-piece latches firmly onto pop melodies while never allowing their songs to get dragged through the sap. These 14 bluntly charming tracks do a solid job of often candidly recounting the less-than-glamorous (but ultimately satisfying) life of a rock band on the road, from the wide-eyed van tours to the ongoing struggle to keep inspiration in the forefront amidst a plethora of distractions. The matter-of-fact tendencies of the lyrics match the loose but calculated method of the music perfectly: it all seems effortless, but music rarely gels this well without some serious focus. Their concentration is clear, and all these songs get right to the point, eschewing the filler and favoring tracks that are short, but packed with dead-on male/female harmonies and hooks that are tough to shake. An added bonus are their unabashed nods to 90's-era indie rock. Fans of Sloan, Superchunk, and Teenage Fanclub won't have any trouble finding plenty of things to love about this group.