Empty Friend have just dropped new EP, Falter, which sees them refining their sound, and evolving into the band they wish to be. Dave from the band spoke with The Fountain about the reception the record has recieved so far and their hopes and ambitions as a band for 2020.
TF: You have a new EP out, what has the reception been so far?
Dave: It’s been really really positive, and we’ve had quite a bit of airplay here in the UK and in the US, which is amazing. As a grunge/stoner band it has been super encouraging that the more traditional metal and indie reviewers have appreciated these songs on this EP, which we worked on and road tested for a good six months.
TF: How would you sum it up in one sentence?
Dave: If you mean the EP, I would say that it is bold, angry and uncompromising. It represents a big step for us towards where we want ‘our sound’ to go, and I think you can hear that we have embraced what we are and who we are as a band.
TF: Who do you look to and idolise when it comes to influences?
Dave: We look back to the early grunge scene a lot – the years when it was a raw, organic movement, and before it became commodified and overblown. There was a fresh punk ethos and energy, combined with some big, gnarly metal-type riffs, and a variety of unique voices and sounds. For us, bands like Soundgarden and Alice in Chains are particularly important, as even in grunge they brought quite a bit of metal into their sound. We also look further back to classic heavy rock like Black Sabbath and Led Zepellin, and other more recent bands like Failure, Queens of the Stone Age, and Clutch. Personally, as a singer, Chris Cornell is a real hero. What a talent he was.
TF: What is your plan for the remainder of the year, after this single release, can we look forward to another EP, LP?
Dave: Well, we had planned to gig pretty hard over the summer, but what with Coronavirus and all that, we’ve had to adapt and change our plans accordingly. We are working hard on a new crop of songs at the moment, and I’m hoping that this might lead us on to releasing a debut album, which is pretty exciting! The way people release music now has changed, and singles and EPs are being put out by major artists all the time. That said, there is still something special about an album, and in my opinion, that should be our main aim for 2021, tied in with a UK tour.