Without using a cheesy pun (which I'm going to use anyway), The Greater the Risk is worth a Greater Risk. Seriously though, the Richmond pop-rock band, who was featured as an Alt Press artist of the month in February 2011, has just released a five track album, entitled Say What You Never Said, and it is full of melodic gems, including first single “Friends and Foes” (which you can listen to here.) Look out for the band’s tour in support of the record this fall, and find out more about the emerging band on their Facebook. -Amanda D.
Friendly People’s debut, self-titled 3-song EP gives a concise taste of a promising young Cambridge, MA-based band. Their jangly indie pop is peppered with hints of Americana, roots rock and folk with vocals that owe a debt to Neil Young. The EP’s clear highlight is its opening track—their namesake song—“Friendly People”. It’s a tremendous, positive track buoyed by a horn section in the bridge which lends a mariachi feel. “A Lot of Work To Do” brings out Harvest-era Neil Young, starting as a plaintive acoustic ditty which builds slowly into a passionate electric number. Closing track, “Branches”, follows the same acoustic-to-electric path. As the song builds, it introduces tribal rhythms that are reminiscent of 80s indie-punk legends, the Volcano Suns. Friendly People are scheduled to record their debut full-length in March. If the Friendly People EP is indicative of what we can expect from this young group’s next batch of tunes it will be a record to keep an eye on later in 2012.--George Dow