Backstage With FRIEDBERG
As gigs are on pause, Home is the new Backstage. Get behind the scenes with Friedberg this week.
Celebrating the release of the band’s outstanding debut EP, YEAH YEAH YEAH YEAH YEAH YEAH YEAH YEAH, we caught up with Anna Friedberg to chat about the stories that sparked the inspiration for the EP, recording music in the desert in Joshua Tree, and how coffee and football got her through lockdown.
Did you come across any surprises, whether pleasant or unpleasant, while recording your YEAH YEAH YEAH YEAH YEAH YEAH YEAH YEAH EP?
After doing about 150 versions of Pass Me On I realised that the very original demo, that we had recorded with super basic equipment in an Airbnb in the desert in Joshua Tree, was just magic and nothing could compare to that first vibe.
Were there any particular events/stories that sparked the inspiration for the EP?
There’s a story behind every song I guess. The most remarkable one is probably how I wrote Lizzy: I wrote it on the way home from a crazy party night in South London. A friend of Cheryl (our bass player) was playing this really dark and interesting live set at the party and suddenly some random lines of the poem by TS Eliot “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” started to fly around my head. And Michelangelo was there too – just leaning against the wall, speaking to Cheryl and casually sipping on a Gin & Tonic while I was hearing “In the room the women come and go talking of Michelangelo.”
What advice would you give to your pre-lockdown self?
Play a fucking world tour.
How, if at all, did lockdown impact your music making and producing process?
It made me feel like I need to make use of the new available time even more, I felt like I needed to make up for not touring and just work all the time and even harder. So yeah I tried to write and produce as much as possible to be ready for the first world tour hehe.
How would you sum up your 2020 in one sentence?
Und täglich grüßt das Murmeltier.
If you had a quarantine character, what was it like?
Slightly confused Duracell Bunny.
Name 5 things that got you through lockdown.
Coffee to go, counting steps, coffee to go, counting steps, releasing music.
What’s the most interesting thing you discovered over lockdown (could be a revelation about yourself, a new TV show, a new hobby)?
I re-discovered playing football and shortly after, I started my own football team. We are playing once a week (when we are allowed) and are looking for new players by the way!
What are your hopes and dreams for 2021?
A world tour.
And finally, slightly cliché but what does music mean to you?
Same as mashed potatoes – obvs the world!
The band has also announced European tour for 2021. Catch them at the following dates.
11 – Courtyard Theatre, London
13 – Paradiso (Upstairs), Amsterdam
14 – Blue Shell, Cologne
15 – Badehaus Szimpla, Berlin
16 – Nochtspeicher, Hamburg
18 – TapTab, Schaffhausen
19 – Humbug, Basel
20 – Kiff, Aarau
22 – Wuk Foyer, Vienna