Download: Making Friendz's Blown-Out, Hooky "Situation"
Brooklyn's Making Friendz is a self-described "punk 'n' b" dance riot, dragging the glittery disco blips of electro into the No Age age via euphoric, no-fi joymosh. Mastermind Tami Hart came here in 2005 from the same Cali scene that produced the mushy, expansive bluster of No Age, Abe Vigoda, HEALTH and the Mae Shi; that was a raucous second act following her days as a 19-year-old folkie making critically acclaimed solo records for Mr. Lady. All these roads--combined with her love of Justin Timberlake and Missy--lead to Social Life (due June 21 on Brooklyn upstart Last Bummer). While most of the melancholic yet celebratory Social Life circles around a bleary-eyed, cassette-ready, 4 a.m. drum-machine disco, album opener "Situation" is simply an explosive, blown-out jammer. Inspired by her turbulent, alcohol-fueled days in Cali, she aims for No Age sunshine and ends up with gutter-dragging distorto-dance bubblecrunch that could sit alongside YIMBY faves like Sleigh Bells or Year Of The Dragon.
Q&A: Making Friendz's Tami Hart on "Situation"
What is "Situation" about?
"Situation" is about my friends in L.A. who all hung out at The Smell, and how they were in bands that were doing really well, and how I was drinking too much. I pretty much ripped off No Age's "Boy Void"... at least I think I did.
What inspired it lyrically?
Wasting time. Life is too short. I was feeling very aware of the fact that all I did was drink, and that I was in the same place, watching a lot of my friends get successful, but couldn't really get out of the slump I put myself in.
What inspired it musically-especially what inspired that Bay City Rollers-style chorus?
[Laughs] I'm glad you compared me to the Bay City Rollers. My band in San Francisco was briefly signed to Post Present Medium Records. Its pretty much inspired by all the bands on that label: No Age, Mika Miko, Abe Vigoda.
Who is coughing at the end?
His name is Daniel Scott Erickson. He was in the band for a couple of years.
Why did you move to New York from Cali? What do you miss the least about it?
I didn't want to move here, but my girlfriend at the time had to move back. As far as what I miss least about California, it's what I don't miss everywhere that isn't New York--which is the pace. Everybody everywhere else is so slow, so, like, "What's the rush?" It drives me crazy!
What's your favorite dance song of 2011 so far?
Today, I had "Indestructible" off Robyn's new album in my head all day long. I love her. She should be in Lady Gaga's shoes.
What's your favorite place to eat in Brooklyn?
My partner introduced me to La Nonna, a pizzeria on Bedford Avenue. I can't believe I had gone so long without it. It's hard to write about this right now because we are watching The Biggest Loser.
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