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    Fri, 18 May 2012 13:52:20

    Friends to Release "Manifest!" on June 5 - Watch video for "Mind Control"

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    Friends - we hear the Friends theme song every time we think about this band- will drop Manifest! via Fat Possum on June 5. But to tide fans over, they unveiled the video for their new single "Mind Control" this week.

    Shot by Hiro Murai (St. Vincent, Scissor Sisters, Usher), the clip combines band performance, action footage, and special effects, in a rhythmic montage cut to the Paul Epworth mixed track. The band pays reverent homage to dystopian Sci-Fi films from the ‘80s (They Live, Brainstorm, Scanners). The members take themselves less seriously in various roles in an apparently sinister brainwashing plot, evocative of the song's over-the-top lyrical message ("Hold holy only what you want/Mind control everywhere/Is trying to keep your brain washed").

    Check out the video below:



    "Mind Control" is guaranteed to be unlike anything else you'll watch this year. It's Friends' most ambitious video to date, following the lower-budget viral sensations for "Friend Crush" and "I'm His Girl." All three singles appear on the debut album Manifest!.

    The anthemic "Mind Control" sums up the seditious streak of Manifest! The musical choices are brazen even by Friends' standards: superfly bass, slinky synth, crybaby wah, bongo solo, group chants. Lyrically, it also might be the Friends manifesto, were it not for the strong possibility that Ms. Urbani is taking the piss – poking good-natured fun at her band's indie image and at our collective indie standards.

    Track Listing:

    1. Friend Crush
    2. Sorry
    3. Home
    4. A Thing Like This
    5. A Light
    6. Ideas On Ghosts
    7. Ruins
    8. I'm His Girl
    9. Proud/Ashamed
    10. Stay Dreaming
    11. Va Fan Gor Du
    12. Mind Control

    Tour Dates:

    June 13 Boston, MA Brighton Music Hall
    June 14 Montreal, QC Lambi's
    June 15 Toronto, ON Lee's Palace
    June 16 Chicago, IL Schuba's Tavern
    June 17 Minneapolis, MN 7th Street Entry
    June 20 Seattle, WA Crocodile Café
    June 22 Vancouver, BC Fortune
    June 23 Portland, OR Doug Fir
    June 25 San Francisco, CA Bottom of the Hill
    June 26 Los Angeles, CA Echo
    June 29 San Diego, CA The Casbah
    June 30 Phoenix, AZ Crescent Ballroom
    July 2 Austin, TX Mohawk
    July 3 Houston, TX Fitzgerald's Upstairs
    July 5 Atlanta, GA The Earl
    July 6 Washington, DC Rock N' Roll Hotel
    July 7 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom

    Did you like "Mind Control?"

    —Maggie Pannacione
    05.18.12



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