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Thomas Murphy, Queen City Sounds (Denver CO)
2023-07-20
Firefriend | Decreation Facts (2023, sky blue vinyl).

Another mind-bending set of psychedelic and noise rock bangers from the now quasi-legendary band from São Paolo, Brazil. I already own a few of their records and it is always this super cool example of tone sculpting and warping and experiments in the form and structure of rock music. The closest parallels to me among other bands are Sonic Youth, Bardo Pond and Indian Jewelry. All of which I ive actually seen live so maybe someday these people especially since they ive been touring elsewhere. The USA just makes it super expensive to tour here for people in bands so if you don it have some kind of moneyed backing it is challenging. This is explicitly anti-fascist, anti-authoritarian rock music the way maybe MC5 would have been in another era or even the way Os Mutantes was from the same city and country in offering a strong, creative, cultural alternative to mainstream culture and built into the music is a transport outside of standard consciousness as well and in that way definitely modern revolution rock. Easily year end best list. 
Adam Dew Hammond, Isolation Records
2023-03-21
It is a record that ably captures the zeitgeist of the times and one that will have your brain in a whirl MORE...


Jasper Hesselink, Weirdo Shrine
2023-03-21
I have never been on horse tranquillizers, or anything heavily sedating the senses, but I feel Firefriend have. MORE...


Reverb is for lovers, Germany
2023-03-30
Düstere Sounds für düstere Zeiten. MORE...


J.WASCO, THE OMINOUS DRONE
2023-09-19
I don’t know many in my psych music circle who have come away from a Firefriend performance and have not been blown away. If you ever get the rare chance to see them, it’s a must-attend event. MORE...


Adam Dew Hammond, Isolation Records
2021-07-02
There is certainly a lot of love for them in the UK and this release is going to do nothing but bolster that enthusiasm as these ten songs over forty-five minutes are some of their darkest, strongest and most memorable to date. MORE...


Gannon, SIC Magazine
2021-06-24
The band have long had a combustible way of making their point heard, and Dead Icons pours petrol on the embers of their back-catalogue while conflating many of the best guitar records in history with reverential glee. Sit back and watch them burn. MORE...


Maxwell Seeman, THE SLEEPING SHAMAN
2021-06-01
Dead Icons is an achievement of great proportions. We’re talking unstoppable originality. If you’re searching for new music that will make a serious impression on you, has an ultra hip vibe with musical hooks impossible to ignore and impactful lyrical content, then Firefriend‘s Dead Icons is not one to pass on. Give it a listen, it’s sure to impress. MORE...


Jeff Penczak, It’s Psychedelic Baby Magazine
2021-06-20
Dead Icons continues their psychedelic assault on the senses like a midnight raid on a pantry full of fuzz boxes, swarming electronics and room-swirling vibrations. MORE...


J.Wasko, The Ominous Drone
2021-06-18
Another classic Firefriend LP. They don’t mess around with mediocre. You can be sure this one will be near the top of many end of year lists. MORE...


The Psych Rock, San Francisco
2020-12-02
The sound quality on this album is very good the mix has warm tones and clear isolation of the various instruments. Each musicians performance it strong and the overall effect is highly inspired. MORE...


Ian Smith, UK
2020-12-01
It’s rare for a band to make something so fresh this far in. MORE...


Emiliano D'Aniello, Italy
2019-06-01
Il gruppo è in giro da pi? di un decennio e la accoppiata “Yellow Spider”-“Sulfur” (il secondo LP ha una copertina semplicemente spettacolare e che ci invita letteralmente a entrare dentro questa feconda fornace cosmica che è il sound di questo gruppo e che poi forse è veramente il sound del futuro del rock psichedelico) nel 2018 è stata semplicemente strepitosa. Superarsi era difficile, quasi impossibile, eppure i Firefriend ci sono riusciti. MORE...


SIC magazine, Brussels/UK/USA
2019-08-01
More than deserving of its place deep in rock’n’roll’s hall of fame is the mid-distant, part-spoken vocal that comes reverbed out to the point of disinterest. It’s just effortlessly cool and it’s not the only trick São Paulo band Firefriend lift from the iconic handbook as the trio continue their prolific career with new LP Avalanche. MORE...


Primal Music Blog, Ireland
2018-10-01
The ever prolific São Paulo-based trio of ‘Firefriend’ continue to plough a deep sonic furrow in todays modern psych firmament. MORE...


SIC magazine, Brussels/UK/USA
2018-11-01
Lashings of tremulous reverb once more throw up mirages so real you just want to dive right into these oases, but these are both fertile and dark conjurings. MORE...


Kev Drummond, UK
2018-06-01
So instead of taking the easy option and asking Google, I took the time to ask the band themselves. Don’t ask me why, I’m no jounalist or writer, but I felt compelled to learn more about the Northern British sounding band from São Paulo, Brazil. MORE...


Danzog, Australia
2018-03-01
At the forefront of this new wave of darkwave psychedelia is this band, from Sao Paulo, Brazil: Firefriend. Formed in 2009, this three- piece continue to go from strength to strength: Each album ofering stronger material than it’s predecessor. MORE...


Dan Joy WHEN THE SUN HITS ,
2018-06-01
The sum of these propensities is a wonderful fusion of song and experimentation—dark and heavy, jaggedly beautiful, uplifting in its ultimate effect. MORE...


Reverb is for lovers, Germany
2018-04-01
Firefriend sind hier sehr spacig unterwegs, driften ab, schrecken aber auch nicht vor unangenehmen Geräuschansammlungen zurück. MORE...


Emiliano D'Aniello, Italy
2018-04-01
è sicuramente per quanto mi riguarda una delle novità nel genere neo-psichedelico più convincenti e anche tra quelle più accattivanti e che potrebbero richiamare una certa attenzione. MORE...


Le Crowley, UK
2018-04-01
Title track ‘Sulfur’ channels space rock vibes with its heady mixture of dystopian electronic noise, ethereal vocals and warped guitars It builds in oscillating layers that grab attention with ever rotation. MORE...


Jack Beltane, US
2017-05-01
The bass grooves move you along; the drums tell your heart to beat; the guitar-work needles its way into your subconscious and pulls forth demons; and the vocals ease you back to sleep. MORE...


Emiliano D'Aniello, Italy
2018-01-01
Il sound della band è una psichedelia drone infettata di quel sound noise derivato da esperienze come quella dei Sonic Youth o dei Blonde Redhead più sperimentali e riverberi ereditati dallal lunga tradizione dei 13th Floor Elevators. MORE...


Simon SixSmith, Netherlands
2013-12-01
This is a sweeping, expansive, peyote trip down death valley. MORE...


Al Schenkel, Brasil
2014-05-01
uma fusão estarrecedora e com poucos precedentes qualitativos em parâmetros nacionais e de genêro, encontrando nas raízes do shoegaze, free-jazz e psychedelic-rock a força motriz e direcionamento para a exploração hipnótica, brilhante e ousada presentes em Witch Tales MORE...


Linkiesta, Italia
2015-05-01
... è piuttosto un meraviglioso caleidoscopio di influenze. I Firefriend non si fanno problemi a mescolare rock, jazz, percussioni latinoamericane, chitarre slabbrate ed effetti psichedelici. MORE...




2023   LIVE IN SÃO PAULO
2023   LIVE IN LONDON
2023   DECREATION FACTS
2022   RCKNRLL
2021   DEVOUR
2021   DEAD ICONS
2019   AVALANCHE
2018   YELLOW SPIDER
2018   SULFUR
2017   THE BLACK HOLE
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