Friends (American band)

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Background information
Also known asPerpetual Crush (former name)
OriginBrooklyn, New York, U.S.
GenresDance-punk,[1] indie pop[2]
Years active2010–2013
LabelsLucky Number, Fat Possum (2012–2013)
  • Samantha Urbani
  • Nikki Shapiro
  • Oliver Duncan
  • Lesley Hann
  • Matthew Molnar
  • V
  • Etienne Pierre Duguay
  • Sasha Winn

Friends were a band from Brooklyn, New York formed in September 2010 and disbanded sometime in 2013. The band, originally named Perpetual Crush,[3] consisted 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) and 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]


Studio albums[edit]

Title 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