Canada - Luna Kafé - Full Moon 3 - 01/23/97
The Super Friendz
Play The Game, Not Games
As any good murderecords junkie knows, the Super Friends are an
eclectic, young pop-country act from Halifax NS.
The recently released jolt-pop gem Play The Game, Not Games (10") is
no exception. PTGNG has the flavorful, infectious melodies and
kickin' rock attitude that has made the Friendz a great reputation
among Canadian indie junkies.
This time around they take you through
their folkie tales with lyrics like "it rained so hard that day,
the marshal lost his WaaaaAAaay" and cheery happy go lucky, thoughts
for the day like "it's only life that brings you down, and nervousness
that brings you round" (that is what I heard newayz-ed) (I see what you heard - ed's note) that are
guaranteed to grab your attention and make you smile knowingly at your
turntable. The friends decided to throw in some spooky guitar sounds
on one of their songs, some piano and some nifty squeaks and squawks
with their guitars.
In case you are unfamiliar, the friends have a way of making you
think you are truckin' along and then hit you with a stunning break in
instrumental and a good hearty dose of Matt Murphy's lovely voice.
This has a great attention-grabbing affect that would never let you sleep
through one of their albums.
Lonnie's brilliant drum parts were recorded on 4 track, giving the
album a scrappy low-fi sound that compliments the songs with a
charismatic taste. In comparison with Mock Up Scale Down I would have
to say that PTGNG is the continuation of the same kind of songwriting
that made MUSD work, but with a brilliant new twist (or angle if you will)
to the recording. PTGNG is a lot noisier, because it has a lot more
sounds happening all at once. This makes it very reminiscent of the live
shows the Friendz are famous for, the just-for-the-heck-of-it rock
attitude that makes the Friendz so witty and spastic on stage will have
the same affect on you in your living room.
So don't eat too much sugar
before you give PTGNG a spin or you may end up replacing a few pieces of
furniture that were fatalities of a dancing frenzy. The Friendz play an
Easy Beats cover of the song Sorry with a Creedence Clearwater Revival
style, that only the Friendz could pull off on this album. The scrappy
sound and speedy pace all work together to make this album one of the
most fun to listen to this year. Way to go guyz!
I think they are coming out with a second full length in '97.
Copyright © 1997 Laura Bowman