Music interview: Girl Friend

Girl Friend. Picture: Ben Roberts @benrobertsart
Girl Friend. Picture: Ben Roberts @benrobertsart
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The fact that Mancunian band Girl Friend have been compared to the likes of The Human League is no surprise when you hear who their main influences are.

“We love classic electro-pop. We’re quite into Chromeo at the moment, as well as the new EP from ‘Great Good Fine OK’. We discovered RKCB last year, they’re cool. As far as songwriting is concerned, we take a lot of influence from 80’s Bowie, Japan and Robert Palmer and many other outrageous pop-practitioners.”

The band are currently on their first headline nationwide tour, which included a gig at the Brudenell Social in Leeds. Such a venture would be daunting to many new bands, but not to this particular four piece. “We’re itching to start; there are several cities we’re playing that I’ve never visited before, hopefully we’ll get a chance to go out after the shows.”

Cited as one of the coolest new bands of 2015, there comes the inevitable press attention. How does this new-found acclaim feel? “Awful. No, of course it’s wonderful, we’ve been very lucky. We were honoured to be the Guardian’s Band of the Week recently. Now I think about it, we’re still waiting to read a review that isn’t positive, that’d be interesting.”

As well as a brand new EP, the band are also working on their first full record. “We’ll be releasing our new EP Arrive Alone, Leave Alone on the last date of the tour, April 27. After that, we’ll head back into the studio to complete our début album.”

For further information on the band visit http://www.girlfriendband.com/

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