Friendly Fires — The Music Box at Henry Fonda Theater, June 10, 2011

Friendly Fires photo sets

The Music Box at Henry Fonda Theater, June 10, 2011
The El Rey, August 24, 2009


10 Best Songs of the Week: Beach House, Friendly Fires, Hatchie, Say Sue Me, Jon Hassell, and More

Plus Daniel Rossen, Eleanor Friedberger, Ryley Walker, Jess Williamson, Melody's Echo Chamber, and a Wrap-up of the Week's Other Notable New Tracks

Apr 06, 2018

Songs of the Week is fairly easy to put together, there are obviously standout tracks and it's just a case of working out the order. Other weeks there are few great tracks and it's a real struggle. This week there was an obvious #1 in Beach House and then there were so, so many other tracks to decide between to come up with a Top 10. More

Friendly Fires Return With New Song “Love Like Waves”

It's Been Seven Years Since Their Last Album

Apr 06, 2018

It's been seven long years since Pala, the sophomore album by London dance-rock trio Friendly Fires, but now they have returned with a brand new single, "Love Like Waves," and it's a whole lot of danceable fun.  More

Sep 14, 2012

Following previous installments by MetronomyBelle and SebastianMGMT, Trentemøller, Air, The Flaming Lips, and many others, Friendly Fires have announced that they have curated the next album in the ongoing Late Night Tales series. More

Nov 10, 2011

Check out the video for “Hurting” a cut from Friendly Fires’ sophomore album Pala. More

Nov 04, 2011

Take a listen to the Tiga Remix of Friendly Fires’ track, “Blue Cassette” (from this year’s album Pala). The track debuted tonight on Annie Mac's BBC Radio 1 show and we have the stream. More

Sep 15, 2011

Today, Friendly Fires’ “Hurting” (from this year’s Pala) got the remix treatment. We have the new track.  More

Aug 19, 2011

Sad news today from Friendly Fires’ camp. The band’s trumpet player Richard Turner—who had been performing with the band live for three years, died suddenly at the age of 27. More

Under the Radar Announces Summer Issue and St. Vincent Cover

Issue Also Features Stephen Malkmus vs. Gus Van Sant, M83, The Horrors, Washed Out, Bon Iver vs. Fugazi, WU LYF, Dum Dum Girls, and much more

Jul 28, 2011

Under the Radar’s Summer 2011 Issue has just hit stands. It features St. Vincent on the cover and includes articles on M83, Bon Iver vs. Fugazi, The Horrors, Washed Out, Stephen Malkmus vs. Gus Van Sant, WU LYF, Dum Dum Girls, Friendly Fires, Memory Tapes, John Maus, Niki & The Dove, Purity Ring, Youth Lagoon, and many others; as well as over 115 reviews. The digital version of the magazine also includes 50 extra pages of bonus content, including articles on My Morning Jacket, The Rapture, Eleanor Friedberger, Handsome Furs, Moonface, Stephin Merritt, Laurel Halo, and more. More

Treasure Island Festival 2011 Lineup Announced – Death Cab for Cutie, St. Vincent, and more

Performers Also Include Cut Copy, Beach House, Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks, Friendly Fires, Empire of the Sun, Battles, and others

Jul 26, 2011

Today, Treasure Island Music Festival announced their 2011 lineup. More

Friendly Fires Release Video For “Hawaiian Air”

British Dance Band Makes Light on the Annoyances of Flying

Jun 16, 2011

Dance band Friendly Fires have released a video for their second single from their sophomore album Pala,  “Hawaiian Air.” The band is aboard a flight to Hawaii and deal with the nuisances of flying. More

Jun 16, 2011

On Friday, June 10, 2011, Friendly Fires performed at The Music Box at Henry Fonda Theater in Hollywood, CA.  More

May 06, 2011

Friendly Fires want to give you your summer jam. The UK dance rock trio is giving away Pala single “Blue Cassette” via The Hype Machine. More

Watch: Friendly Fires Take Fallon

Band Plays New Single “Live Those Days Tonight”

Mar 24, 2011

Friendly Fires hit the stage at Late Night With Jimmy Fallon last night to premiere new single “Live Those Days Tonight,” a track from forthcoming album Pala (out May 24). We have the video.  More

Mar 22, 2011

London trio Friendly Fires have announced the upcoming release of Pala, the follow-up to their successful self-titled album, for May 24. More

Friendly Fires Announce SXSW Showcase

Additional U.S. Tour Dates

Mar 07, 2011

Dance rock aficionados Friendly Fires are heading to the U.S. In addition to a tour and several gigs at SXSW, the band will be curating a showcase. We have the details.  More

Friendly Fires to Tour the U.S., including SXSW

New Album, Pala, Due this Spring

Jan 18, 2011

British electro-rock trio Friendly Fires (or "dance punk" as Wikipedia describes them) have announced a full U.S. tour to go down in May and June. They will also be playing previously announced dates in NYC and LA in February and will be hitting SXSW in March. Based on previous shows, expect plenty of dance moves from frontman Ed Macfarlane and lots of cowbell. More

Friendly Fires Announces Two U.S. Dates

New York and Los Angeles Are You Ready to Rock?

Dec 08, 2010

British dance-rockers Friendly Fires are heading back to the U.S. after a 14-month touring break. We have the info.  More

Speech Debelle Wins the Mercury Prize

British Rapper Beats out Bat For Lashes, Florence and the Machine, The Horrors, Friendly Fires, The Invisible

Sep 08, 2009

Speech Debelle has won this year's Mercury Prize, it was just announced at a ceremony in London. The British rapper was something of a surprise winner and beat out the likes of The Horrors, Friendly Fires, Bat For Lashes, The Invisible, Florence and the Machine, Kasabian, Glasvegas, and others. Debelle took the stage and immediately gave a shout out to one of her fellow nominees. "Big up The Invisible," she said. Debelle had told BBC 6 Music radio earlier in the evenining that The Invisible were her favorite other nominee. Ironically, despite her name, Speech Debelle gave a short speech. She thanked her label, producers, and family ("my gran's over there").The winner is awarded 20,000 pounds and Debelle also said, "Thank-you to whoever's name is on the check." More

Aug 25, 2009

Friendly Fires played a sold-out show at The El Rey in Los Angeles, CA Monday night. We sent a photographer Wendy Lynch Redfern down to capture the action. Check out the full gallery of photos from The El Rey show here. More

Bat For Lashes, Florence and the Machine, Friendly Fires, etc. Nominated for The Mercury Prize

The Invisible, Glasvegas, The Horrors, Kasabian, and others also honored

Jul 21, 2009

Every year since 1992 The Mercury Prize has been awarded to the best album recorded by an artist from either the United Kingdom or Ireland. Last year Elbow won it. This morning 2009's nominees were announced. They include Bat For Lashes, Florence and the Machine, Friendly Fires, The Invisible, Glasvegas, The Horrors, Kasabian, and others. More

Apr 23, 2009

On day three of Coachella My Bloody Valentine threatened to burst a thousand eardrums. As we entered the festival site around 12:30 PM they were handing out complimentary earplugs in anticipation for the aural attack. Other highlights included a blood-splattered Fucked Up, an energetic Friendly Fires, and the incredibly strange Throbbing Gristle. More

Read Interviews with Artists Playing Coachella

Under the Radar articles on Those Performing This Weekend

Apr 16, 2009

We have posted to our website select previous Under the Radar interviews with some of the great artists playing the Coachella festival this weekend. If you're heading out to the festival, then check out these interviews at the links below to either give you a primer on an unfamiliar artist or remind you why they are one of your favorites whose set you will definitely be catching. Even if you're not hitting the desert festival, this is a great collection of back issue content newly posted to the site. More

Coachella Set Times Finally Posted

Start Weeping About Set Time Clashes Now

Apr 14, 2009

The set times for Coachella have finally been posted to the festival website. With a nerve-shattering 3 days to go, festival goers can finally agonize over conflicts, geography and meal times. More


Friendly Fires

Hardcore to Dance Floor

Feb 01, 2008

Friendly Fires, hailing from St. Albans, England, burst on the scene with a rousing, danceable cover of Jamie Principle's infamous house cut "Your Love," a far cry from their beginnings as a hardcore band. More


Friendly Fires at the Henry Fonda Theater, Hollywood, CA

June 10th, 2011

Jun 20, 2011

Seeing Friendly Fires live is a bit like stepping into a disco ball. Audibly at least. The sound swirls around you, tightly wound verses exploding into lush, melodic choruses. Look closely—you can see the sparkles in the air.  More




May 26, 2011

After being nominated for a Mercury Prize, why not give your fans more of what they want? At least that seems to be Friendly Fires' theory. For their sophomore outing the band raised their glow sticks toward the heavens and continued on, crafting the same rave pop that made their self-titled debut such a buzzy pleasure. More

Friendly Fires at El Rey Theatre, Los Angeles, CA

August 25th, 2009

Aug 25, 2009

I don’t dance. I’m an arrhythmic white girl whose main goal—at most events—is to not put an eye out with my pen or notebook. Although, I’d be lying if I didn’t admit to getting my (very) awkward groove on at last night’s Friendly Fires show. For the record: no writing utensil related injuries were sustained. More

Coachella 2009 Day Three

April 19th, 2009

Apr 23, 2009

On day three of Coachella My Bloody Valentine threatened to burst a thousand eardrums. As we entered the festival site around 12:30 PM they were handing out complimentary earplugs in anticipation for the aural attack. Other highlights included a blood-splattered Fucked Up, an energetic Friendly Fires, and the incredibly strange Throbbing Gristle. More

Friendly Fires at the Troubadour, West Hollywood

April 14th, 2009

Apr 14, 2009

Friendly Fires, of St. Albans, U.K., is still riding high on their self-titled debut. The album, released in the fall of 2008, showcases confident, kinetic songwriting that matches their growing reputation for high-octane performances. Frontman Ed Macfarlane’s winking histrionic delivery plays nearly perfectly against the tight, road-honed sounds of Jack Savidge (drums), Edd Gibson (guitar), and Rob Lee (bass) making for a kind of smart, indie-rock response to Duran Duran. More