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There was a thread in American music in the late 1960s that someone untangled across the U.S., then stretched over to Europe, where it took root in 80s shoegaze. It ties together bands as disparate as the 13th Floor Elevators, the Velvet Underground, Sonic Youth, Mazzy Star, Blonde Redhead, and the Jesus & Mary Chain. It’s noise rock or math punk or psychedelic or shoegaze or doom: It’s the down-tuned sound of chaos and beauty, and while no one was looking, it also worked its way through the Americas and took root in Brazil under the name Firefriend.

The Black Hole (Little Cloud Records, 2017) - a tight three-song EP that clocks in at 21 minutes - is the eighth release from the Sao Paulo trio. This is music to play in the dark, a sonic soundscape made for dreaming beside the campfire or - as the title track demands - it’s music for turning up and driving through the desert night with, full-tilt and fully immersed. The bass grooves move you along; the drums tell your heart to beat; the guitar-work needles its way into your subconscious and pulls forth demons; and the vocals ease you back to sleep.

Firefriend pulled that thread from the 60s and created something that feels like a bit of everything that thread ever touched. Their sound doesn’t rush to the pop hook or stall itself in the crunchy riffs, it glides above everything else in its own orbit, echoing the best parts of psychedelic, shoegaze, and noise by taking it all into strange new fields of bliss. And with a vinyl release from Portland’s Little Cloud Records, it can be heard as God intended at epic 45 rpm. Do yourself a favor: Turn the music on, the lights off, and let yourself go.
Jack Beltane, United States
MAY 2017
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Dan Joy, US. Jun 2018
Setting aside the buzzy haphazardness and semantic dilution characterizing today\'s use of psychede...


Reverb is for lovers, Germany. Apr 2018
Grenzen waren Firefriend schon immer egal. So auch auf dem neuen Album, das Noise, Psych und Space R...


SIC magazine, Brussels/UK/USA. Aug 2019
More than deserving of its place deep in rock ‘n’ roll’s hall of fame is the mid-distant, part...


Le Crowley, UK. Apr 2018
São Paolo’s Firefriend are back with a new LP, Sulfur, set for release on Portland based label Li...


Emiliano D'Aniello, Italy. Jun 2019
Il miglior gruppo rock psichedelico in circolazione? Non lo so. Voglio dire, sono sicuro che ciascun...


Emiliano D'Aniello, Italy. Apr 2018
“Colpaccio della Little Cloud Records di Portland, Oregon che si aggiudica (diciamo così) la pubb...


Al Schenkel, Brasil. May 2014
O  Firefriend  investe  pesado  na  dissonância, ruídos  e  exp...


Le Crowley, UK. Dec 2019
Hailing from Sao Paulo, Brazil, Firefriend are Julia Grassetti (bass and vocals), Caca Amaral (drums...


Kev Drummond, UK. Jun 2018
Manchester.London.New York.Berlin. All cities that we associate with having rich and varied musical ...


Emiliano D'Aniello, Italy. Jan 2018
Questo trio psych di San Paolo, Brasile capitanato dalla vocalist e bassista Julia Grassetti (comple...


Linkiesta, Italia. May 2015
...  è  piuttosto  un  meraviglioso  caleidoscopio di   influenz...


Primal Music Blog, Ireland. OCt 2018
The ever prolific São Paulo-based trio of ‘Firefriend’ continue to plough a deep sonic furrow i...


SIC magazine, Brussels/UK/USA. Nov 2018
Pity São Paulo band Firefriend, who’ve been at it for over a decade and whose waves of superlativ...


Simon SixSmith, Netherlands. Dec 2013
Firefriend  suddenly  got  a  lot  less  friend  and a lot more f...