Friendly Fires are a trio formed in 2006 by Ed Macfarlane, Jack Savidge and Edd Gibson. The three are childhood friends, having met at St Albans School. At the age of thirteen they started post-hardcore band First Day Back, playing songs of artists like Green Day, but when they started university they began to get interested in electronic sounds. Macfarlane even released some singles on experimental and dance labels like Skam and Precinct under his own name, heavily influenced by progressive house and pop. After their studies, Friendly Fires were born, a project that rose to fame with the single “Paris” (2007), of which there is a famous remix by Aeroplane.
After signing with XL Recordings, they started working on their self-titled debut album, released in September 2008. Ed Macfarlane produced all of the album, with the exception of “Jump In The Pool”, which saw Paul Epworth at the helm. That same year they contributed a set to the DJ mix series “Suck My Deck” on Bugged Out!. In 2011 the second album came out, “Pala”, their biggest hit in the UK and reaching 152 on the Billboard 200.
“Friendly Fires” (XL Recordings, 2008)
“Bugged Out! Presents Suck My Deck” (Bugged Out!, 2010)
“Pala” (XL Recordings, 2011)