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by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Friendo - Oversees (MP3)
Friendo are a trio from Calgary, Alberta that includes Women drummer Mike Wallace. Here, Wallace plays guitar and sings and there's not much similar going on, musically, with his other band. Friendo's debut, Cold Toads was originally released on cassette but has been picked up by St. Ives (a Secretly Canadian subsidiary) which has made a super-limited-edition vinyl run (200 pressing with handcrafted covers), plus digital. And those cassettes are still available. You can check out one of Cold Toad's tracks, "Oversees," at the top of this post.
Friendo are currenty on a North American tour that hits Atlanta tonight (6/8), and which will be in NYC this weekend. They play Cake Shop on Friday (6/11) and Glasslands on Sunday (6/13) (tickets). Their tour mates are Chicago's Yourself and the Air who to these ears sound a little like Loney Dear (or even Chin Up Chin Up if you remember them). Yourself and the Air are currently working on their first album.
Click through for all Friendo/Yourself and the Air tour dates.
Friendo/Yourself and the Air - 2010 Tour Dates
6.8 - Atlanta, GA - Drunken Unicorn
6.9 - Chapel Hill, NC -Local 506
6.10 - Washington, DC - Black Cat Backstage
6.11 - New York, NY - Cake Shop
6.12 - Philadelphia, PA - Kung Fu Necktie
6.13 - Brooklyn, NY - Glasslands w/ Murder Mystery, Nonviolence
6.14 - Allston, MA - O'Brien's Pub
6.15 - Montreal, QC - Bar St Laurent 2
6.17 - Toronto, ON - The Great Hall
6.19 - Detroit, MI - Magic Stick Cafe
6.20 - Newport, KY - Southgate House Parlor
6.22 - Chicago, IL - Schubas
6.23 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th Street Entry
6.24 - Fargo, ND - The Aquarium
6.25 - Winnipeg, MB - Royal Albert Arms Hotel
7.1 - Calgary, AB - DIckens Pub