Scarlet Rocks: Gig News & Reviews

music blog

Review Blog Post New Entry

Friendly Fires - Pala

Posted by Amy Park on June 17, 2011 at 5:13 PM

Friendly Fires new album, Pala, released May 16th is a back to basics pop/dance album taking inspiration from 80's and 90's raves and early 90's boybands, especially New Kids on the Block and Backstreet boys.  The album has an instant summer vibe about it, making summer 2011 a Friendly Fires one.   I'll be listening to this one with a barbeque going and bottles of beer chilling while we all dance to 'Hawaiian Air'. 

This is Friendly Fires 2nd album and they have created a rocking 80's beach party come boyband vibe.  The name 'Pala' comes from a book called, Island, about a social experiment on an island called Pala, blending the best of western and eastern cultures to create a utopian existence which is fundamentaly flawed as we as human beings are fundamentaly flawed.

Songs well worth a listen are, Hawaiian Air, a super catchy feel good song about a plane journey from hell but on it's way to Hawaii.  You can smell the waves as this tune touches down and gets you up on your feet.

Listen to Pala, the slowest song on the album but if you listen carefully the drums are actually made using wind-up toys and cameras rolling on film. (I found this out by reading the interview with Friendly Fires in NME).

And lastly, have a listen to Chimes, it's a dancey tune about stumbling out of a club as it closes after a great night out.  I've been dancing to this album since I got it 2 weeks ago, even dancing in my car while driving - not as dangerous as you might think.  You will be dancing to this album all summer long.

Categories: Album Reviews

Post a Comment


Oops, you forgot something.


The words you entered did not match the given text. Please try again.

Already a member? Sign In

1 Comment

Reply **sparkle**
7:36 PM on June 25, 2011 
just listened to hawaiin air on u-tube.......fab....could just imagin sittin out in the garden with the bbq goin n chilaxin wif a few beers listening to this!!!.....uv gotta have a wee listen!!!!