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INTERVIEW: Good Looking Friends

Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Great! Tour has been so sweet to us, and we’re feeling those positive vibes.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Gritty Bed Stuy”? Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

I was working for a music festival in Brooklyn, but living at my parents house an hour away. When I had work, I would stay with a friend of mine from the midwest who hated living in Brooklyn. She had this super negative narrative about living here, which didn’t make any sense to me. Why would you struggle so hard to live in a place where you felt so alienated, surrounded by people you hate, spending money on stuff you didn’t want to spend money on? If you’re going to sit inside and smoke weed all day, you don’t need to live in the city. At the time, I was experimenting with a toy keyboard and my DD-6 and came up with this loop that I really liked. Four years later, I was living in Brooklyn and doing the same shit. Everybody I knew was doing the same shit. I didn’t understand it, so I dug out the loop and the lyrics and we reworked the song to explore that sentiment.

What was the writing experience like for this track?

A lot of our songs go through iterations, but this one in particular had a really fun lifecycle. The first cut of it is really lo-fi, bordering on electronic, but the song always felt too short or incomplete. We decided to resurrect the track, and after all the time away from it, I didn’t know exactly what would come out. We went into the studio, recorded a couple of extra verse/ chorus cycles, and I took the song on the road with me for a couple of weeks. Diving back into a story I’d abandoned and still finding that I had stuff to say.. probably even more to say than I did when I started it, felt really energizing. I would take smoke breaks to sit in the parking lot and scream lyrics over the demo. I looked like a crazy person.

The single comes off your new EP You Won’t Die – what’s the story behind the title?

I don’t want to be too explicit here, but the ‘You Won’t Die’ is kind of the prayer and the mantra of the record. It’s also the first lyric. The songs are about things and people which are out of your control that could kill or cripple you, but don’t. You keep living. Try telling your friends that they won’t die, you’ll all have more fun.

How was the recording and writing process?

Writing with this band is super organic. We don’t really talk about the music; we loop the parts over and over until we hit some dynamic we like. We’ve been working on forms of these songs for two years and finally boiled them down to a story and progression.

How has the change of environment from MA to Brooklyn have influenced you musically?

Our music definitely got a lot louder. New York has a lot more people trying to be something, which means it also has a lot more posers. Living in a city is different and works its way into our music: infinitely more varied experiences, less time to introspect, no real ability to be alone.

What aspects of fear and anxiety inspire the songs and lyrics on this record?

It’s weird; I know there’s a lot of fear that comes out in the songs, but I wouldn’t say any one of us are particularly ‘fearful’ people. We’re living in severely unpredictable times right now: politically, socially, whatever. No one we meet really seems to have a handle on their situation and it’s only natural for people to push away their anxieties when they don’t know how to deal with them. We try to be graphic about our own, mostly because without honesty, music can only do half it’s job.

Any plans to hit the road?

We’re actually on tour right now. We’re doing a sweep of the east coast to promote the tape and digital download of ‘You Won’t Die.’ The vinyl comes out around the end of the summer, so we’ll probably hop back in the van for another strafe of the coast in a few months.

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What else is happening next in Good Looking Friends’ world?

We’re working on a split with our buddies and tourmates in Nervous Dater. If they don’t kill us with how much we drink together, we’ll get that recorded. We’re also planning on putting out another 7″ with Masterdisk studios at their sweet spot up in Peekskill this fall. Also, a lot of beers to drink and friends to see. Playing in a touring band is great. You always have an excuse to call up buddies that you don’t get a chance to see. We named our band after our friends, so any excuse to see them is one we gladly take.

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