Free show. Doors @ 6:30 pm. Presented by Bedsider.org.
"Friends's music is a magpie mix. One moment it's indie-pop, the next
it's mutant funk, then disco. It's like a homemade attempt to mimic a
whole record collection – and from that DIY spirit comes something that
sounds only of itself, even as the echoes of the past flit through the
If we wanted to, we could make a really polished pop record,
easily. But we like the sound of it being a little rougher, a little
more organic, because that sounds like what we're doing naturally, Samantha Urbani, [the group's singer], says.
None of our songs sound the same. We're not going for one particular
musical aesthetic because we like so many things and we're capable of
creating so many different things. So I like that you have this
realisation of 'It's this! Oh no, it's this!', because it isn't one
thing. The album's like a mixtape, you know? That's a cool way to
explain it. It's like us saying: 'We like all these different things and
they feel like they kind of fit together." - The Guardian
"Diamond Rings defies laws of time and space.Electro-pop maestro John O
makes music that exists outside specific eras, distilling encyclopedic
knowledge and passion into laser-like beams of emotional immediacy.
Physical limits don't bother him much, either. True to his D.I.Y.
background, he composes highly personal songs in a tiny bedroom studio
in Toronto's West End, yet is increasingly concerned with Diamond Rings
reaching the widest possible audience. But don't be confused by these
twists and ripples. A degree in astrophysics isn't mandatory to
appreciate Free Dimensional, the second Diamond Rings full-length. A
good heart and working ears are all the tools required."