Friends (American band)

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Background information
Also known as Perpetual Crush (former name)
Origin Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Genres Dance-punk,[1] indie pop[2]
Years active 2010–present
Labels Lucky Number, Fat Possum (2012–present)
  • Samantha Urbani
  • Nikki Shapiro
  • Oliver Duncan
Past members
  • Lesley Hann
  • Matthew Molnar
  • V
  • Etienne Duguay
  • Sasha Winn

Friends is a band from Brooklyn, New York formed in September 2010. The band, originally named Perpetual Crush,[3] consists of Samantha Urbani (vocals), Lesley Hann (bass, percussion, backing vocals), Nikki Shapiro (guitar, keyboards, percussion), Matthew Molnar (keyboards, percussion, bass, and brother of Charley Molnar, former head football coach at UMass), Oliver Duncan (drums).[4]

The group released the singles "Friend Crush" and "I'm His Girl" in 2011.[5] On April 10, 2012, BBC Radio 1 DJ Huw Stephens selected the band's third single, "Mind Control", as his Hottest Record in the World.[6]

Friends were named one of NME's top 50 artists of 2011 and were nominated for the BBC's poll 'Sound of 2012'.[7] Their music has been described as eclectic; "One moment it's indie pop, the next it's mutant funk, then disco - something that sounds only of itself, even as the echoes of the past flit through the songs." [8]

In October 2012, Friends embarked on tour being the opening act for Irish band Two Door Cinema Club; the tour consisted of dates throughout the United States and Canada. In September 2012, it was announced that Lesley Hann, now former bassist to the band, would no longer be part of Friends and would not be joining them on tour. Berlinerin musician V replaced Hann for the tour. Along with Hann, keyboardist and percussionist Matthew Molnar also left the band; he was replaced by, former drummer of Real Estate and current member of Splash, Etienne Duguay. As another addition, Sasha Winn accompanied the band on tour as backup vocalist. Whether these members are now permanent additions to Friends has not been officially commented on by any of the band's members.


Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details
  • Released: 4 June 2012[9]
  • Label: Lucky Number
  • Formats: LP, DL


Single Year Album
"I'm His Girl"[10] 2011 Manifest!
"Friend Crush"[11] 2012
"Mind Control"


  1. ^ Caramanica, Jon (2011-10-21). "In Friends’ Suggestive Notes, Hints of Future Power". The New York Times. Retrieved 2012-02-10. 
  2. ^ Cherrie, Chrysta. "Biography - Friends". Allmusic. Retrieved 2012-02-10. 
  3. ^ Reiss, Jon (2011-02-16). "With Friends Like These". New York Press. Retrieved 2012-02-10. 
  4. ^ "New Band of the Day: Friends". The Guardian. 2011-09-02. 
  5. ^ Hogan, Marc (2011-10-19). "See a Contender for Best Retro-Chic Video of 2011: Friends' 'I'm His Girl'". Spin. Retrieved 2012-02-10. 
  6. ^ "Hottest Record - Friends". BBC. 2012-04-10. Retrieved 2012-04-13. 
  7. ^ "Sound of 2012: Friends". BBC. Retrieved 2012-02-10. 
  8. ^ "Friends: 'There's a lot of homosexuality amongst bedbugs'". The Observer. 2012-04-08. 
  9. ^ "Friends confirm debut album release". Clash!. 2012-04-13. 
  10. ^ "Friends - 'I'm His Girl' - Digital Download". Amazon (UK). Retrieved 2012-04-13. 
  11. ^ "Friends - 'Friend Crush' - Digital Download". Amazon (UK). Retrieved 2012-04-13. 

External links[edit]

Official website