Coming from North Hollywood, CA is Solitary Friends, a band that you may be familiar with, the four piece band consists of some big names such as Tears for Fears keyboardist Doug Petty, actress and singer Michelle McGregor, Nick Liberatore is the fantastic drummer and last but certainly not least lyricist and guitarist Ken LaMere. The dark pop band says that they are on a mission to make LA dance, despite itself.
“Breathe Deep” was the first release from the group in five years and it did not disappoint. The music video and the song itself are aesthetically pleasing, the washed out vibe of the video paired with the heaviness of the track gives this song a grungier more garage rock sound. It is something you won’t be able to get enough of “Breathe Deep”.
The thirty six minute, ten track album “Sum of More” is unstoppable and unforgettable. As you get through more songs from the group, you’ll start to notice that there isn’t one song that you don’t just absolutely love.
Self titled track “Sum of More” tells you exactly what you need to know about the band. The euphoric, angelic, gritty song is the highlight of the album, it puts you in this trance that you don’t want to get out of. You are going to want them to release a dark music video to accompany “Sum of More”.
Who is Amy, and did you ever find out why she blacked out? “Have You Ever Blacked Out Amy?” is a dark indie pop track that is heavy in bass and extra distorted in the guitar. Michelle has a way of hypnotizing you with her vocals, you can’t exit the trance you’re stuck in.
The slow introduction to “Since You Went Away” stays true to a more classic rock sound, this makes you want to sit back and just soak it all in. It’s the kind of song you play while you’re just chilling on the back patio while having some drinks or smokes with friends.
“X Offender” is the last track and it is more than you expected, it is a fun, upbeat, quirky cute song. It feels like it’s something you would hear as an intro to a really intense anime. The album “Sum of More” showcases many skills and vibes of Solitary Friends, it proves that the group has range.
Make sure you keep playing the album, it is sure to be the highlight of your day once you play it. You can’t but to slather a smile across your face when you listen to “Sum of More”.
Written by Jaye Maverick
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