Only this month, we gave Friendly Fires’ debut album our Hall of Fame treatment, looking back on one of the best albums of 2000s indie-pop.
The trio last released an album in 2011 - the also excellent ‘Pala’ - and there’s now signs that they’re heading for a return.
The band’s social media accounts have been given a facelift with new profile pictures - a now-signature sign of a band prepping a comeback - while a fan account on Twitter has been handed over to the band to become their official account.
Towards the end of last year, we compiled a progress report on the band’s movements. After 2011’s pop-tinged ‘Pala’, Jack Savidge, Ed Macfarlane and Edd Gibson wasted no time in getting straight back on it. Speaking to NME a year later, frontman Ed Mac confirmed that new music was in progress, with none other than electronic wunderkind Andrew Weatherall at the helm. “The music - the way we’re writing and the style of it - is very different to anything we’ve done before,” he said, excitingly. “I think we’re still learning to write music in a different way. We want to write something long and expansive and drawn-out and, I suppose, a bit more psychedelic.”
Stating that there was one track complete and another four in the works, it certainly seemed like creative juices were flowing. “We’re at a stage now where we’ve had two successful records and we can write something solely for ourselves,” Ed continued.
Let’s all cross our fingers for new Friendly Fires then, eh!