This weekend will see the debut of one of Birmingham’s rawest new bands, Friday Club, as highlighted in this months Fresh Talent feature. They will take the stage at The Sunflower Lounge this Saturday (April 13) to support Soldier, and hope to bring their own blend of 1970’s punk spirit, trashy guitars, hooky chorus lines and bags of attitude. We caught up with the band ahead of their first Birmingham show.
“Like…if Sex Pistols got a bit clever?” says Friday Club guitarist Joe ‘Davo’ Davies, reluctantly trying to sum up his new band’s sound. With only one live demo online and no ‘proper‘ gigs behind them just yet, describing them in detail is no easy task for an outsider.
“I would say Fall Down Kids is a straight up punk song, recorded as it would have been in 1972,” continues frontman Josh Smithyman. “I think the vocal is a pop hook, so that song is more of a pop-punk, radio-friendly single. “Our set list is pretty eclectic, from grunge to dance music – I mean we have a seven-minute mash up track –everything is in there. I draw a lot of my influences from soul music, they are some of the best vocalists that ever lived; Sam Cooke and Otis Redding to name a few, but sound wise, maybe the Velvet Underground, Black Lips and The Strokes would be a little more accurate.”
“I don’t really know or wish to label it,” insists Davo. “We all listen to different stuff so we don’t try too hard to sound like anything, we all just add our bit, and you can really hear it. We’re going after something new…but not thinking to hard about it. We don’t want to be a relic, if you get me.”
One thing they can agree on is it’s an exciting time to be a new band in the Second City – but they’re determined to make themselves heard on their own terms.
“I’d go as far as saying the second wave of bands coming through now are even better and the scene is going to get bigger. Friday Club don’t have that nice, washy B-Town sound, we are loud and direct,” says Josh, with refreshing confidence. “We need to become a leading band on this scene and then we need to hit the road. We have a mission, we know what we need to do. Fall Down Kids is a great introduction, but I just can’t wait for people to hear what we can really do.”
Friday Club are live at The Sunflower Lounge, Birmingham, on April 13, supporting Soldier alongside Regale.