The Brooklyn band land on Warp as one of their most unusual signings, fusing dreamlike melodies and intimate lyrics
My Best Fiend from Brooklyn are no new kids on the block - having played together for seven years, their hard work has paid off and they are now one of the latest bands to be signed to Warp. Their debut album, In Ghostlike Fading, due out on 27th February, is a rocking, haunting piece of music that is dreamlike and unsettling yet manages to be uplifting at the same time. Not your typical electronic Warp act, My Best Fiend have been compared to Spiritualized, Jesus and Mary Chain and even Explosions In The Sky.
My absolute worst vice? Damn. I imagine there are quite a few people i know who would love to tell you what my worst vices are. But since you are asking me, I'd say it's the old Irish goodbye
The raw vocals of Fred Colwell and Paul Jenkins go together beautifully as they entwine in confessional lyrics. The melodies are big with impeccable production, at times understated and intimately creeping, but always engaging and ready for the next explosion of soaring guitars and sometimes Phil Spector-esque drums. This band sets a mood that is lusciously trippy and soaked in 60s vibe, but unmistakeably modern and urban.
.......your secret talent?
Believe me, if I had any additional talents I would not keep them secret. But I'm pretty good at stealing noses from little children.
...your worst vice?
Ha. My absolute worst vice? Damn. I imagine there are quite a few people i know who would love to tell you what my worst vices are. But since you are asking me, I'd say it's the old Irish goodbyes.
…the story behind your name?
Well the name 'My Best Fiend' always appealed to me because I like the idea that someone can have a favourite enemy, a dearest anathema. I feel like many times that person can be a part of you. Or more often it can be someone who alternates between being a friend and an enemy. A person whose multiple faces add an exciting dimension to your relationship. This idea was very clearly illustrated in the documentary by the same name.
... your favourite sound?
Ladies. Definitely. They sound great.
...your worst fashion secret?
Improvising shower caps.
...your favourite website?
...your favourite label?
I like epithets.
... the best thing about where you're from?
I'm from Philadelphia originally. Moved to Brooklyn in 98. The best things about Philly are my friends and family, the soft pretzels, and the Unitarian church. The night before I moved, a homeless man approached me and whispered "this is the city of broken glass". I thought for a minute I had just received some profound message of sorts. But the more I thought about it I realized he was probably talking about the amount of mosaics in that town. Yes, he was bat-shit crazy, but he does have a point about the over saturation of mosaics in Philadelphia.
...are you listening to now?
How would you describe your work?
I'm not very good at describing our music. Shit, if I could do it in words I probably wouldn't bother with the music at all. There is an intangible element to music that gets abused when it is translated to words. I feel like an absolute silence would have more in common and explain the qualities of music better than words do.
What are you most looking forward to for 2012?
I am just very grateful to be able to spend the next year on the road playing music. I'd be very happy to follow up our album 'In Ghostlike Fading' with more material very quickly as well.
My Best Fiend's album is out 27th February
Text by Astrid Madberg