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SIMGE x SXSW 2013: Friend Roulette

Mike Mehalick March 4, 2013 Features No Comments

Friend Roulette

Brooklyn based six piece whimsical chamber poppers Friend Roulette have been busy fastidiously letting hints of their upcoming LP, I’m Sorry You Hit Your Head, leak out into the public forum with a range of spacey singles. Their live lineup features two drummers, violin, bass clarinet, ewi (electronic wind instrument), and the occasional string quartet which furthers the dynamic of the group’s recorded take on high fidelity, harmonious psychedelia.

When asked about Friend Roulette’s compositional approach, guitarist Matthew Meade described in an interview with The Deli:

“John (EWI & Bass Clarinet) is a big fan of film music. He went through a big phase of listening to alot of Ennio Morricone. I really like the soundtrack to “Psycho.” But mainly my biggest influences are Van Dyke Parks & Stravinsky. Both those composers carry a cinematic type of quality with their music.”

Which leads us to the seven minute interstellar journey that is “Earthrise” which represents the band’s interpretation of what it feels like to travel through space. The ever changing track spans a wide gamut of influences and styles each landing the listener on a strange, new planet with every new sonic launch forward.

Friend Roulette will look to enrapture audiences at a marathon pace at SXSW. Check out their show dates and stream the space oddity “Earthrise” below.

March 6th- Washington,DC @ 9th & Beats ^
March 8th- Savannah Georgia – Savannah Stopover Festival
March 9th- Houston, TX @S uper Happy Fun Land
March 11th- Harlingen, Tx @ Rio Grande Grill
March 12th SXSW – H&H tavern APUTUMPU party
March 12th SXSW – Cheer Up Charlies
March 13th SXSW – 1808 Club 7:00PM
March 14th SXSW – J. Blacks STPP Showcase
March 15th SXSW – @ The UP COLLECTIVE 2:00 PM
March 15th SXSW – Goodnight Records Showcase 9:20 PM
March 15th SXSW – White House Ranch Midnight
March 16th SXSW – J. Blacks STPP Showcase
March 17th – New Orleans, In Store Show @ EUCLID RECORDS
March 17th – New Orleans, @ Some Rad House Party *
March 18th- Athens, GA @ Max Canada Bar *

BACK IN NYC
March 21th @ Silent Barn
March 29 APUTUMPU FEST @ Studio at Webster Hall.

^ w/ Miracles of Modern Science
* w/ Celestial Shore & Leverage Models

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Mike is a graduate of the School Of Visual Arts with a BFA in Film & Video focused on screenwriting. His career stops have included editing positions at AOL, The Huffington Post, and BuzzFeed. He regularly contributes to Spinner with past writings appearing in The BoomBox and Noisecreep - http://mikemehalick.com/

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