Bristol based four-piece Make Friends are taking their lively indie pop sound to Rough Trade Bristol on 7 March. With a Foals-esque math rock sound combined with pop beats, it’s no wonder their live shows are known to go off.

Make Friends have got some big local names on their side, from recording their latest EP at Invada Studios – home to Portishead’s Geoff Barrow’s Invada Records – to releasing it with Bath record label Funnel Music. They’ve been causing waves around the country off the back of their energetic live shows, and it’s almost certain Make Friends will be bringing their A game to one of the city centre’s increasingly-loved venues.

Make Friends’ debut EP Hi combines their first three singles with two further tracks, Turquoise and Soulfood. The former of which sees frontman Tom Andrew welcome in listeners with a quieter vocal approach, before rising to seamlessly combine with the harder-striking guitar chords. The latter, Soulfood demonstrates the band’s flawless ability to build a delicate atmosphere using gentler vocals backed by a beautiful reverb-laden instrumental, before exploding into a confessional floor-filling conclusion.

exploding into a confessional floor-filling conclusion 

The Hi EP as a whole, released last year, demonstrates the band’s effortless ability to draw upon influences from different genres – with a surf pop groove from the bass of vocalist Tom Andrew, alongside a math-indie rock inspired guitar sound from both David Thomas and Connor Crabb, everything is backed by the upbeat drum sound from Max Lewin, occasionally giving a Hot Chip feel to the percussive parts of the tracks. Their unique sound and ability to create infectious hooks has earned them deserving comparisons to bands such as Foals, Bombay Bicycle Club and Bloc Party. 

deserving comparisons to bands such as Foals, Bombay Bicycle Club and Bloc Party

The Rough Trade show gives fans, and music lovers alike, one of the first opportunities to see their latest track When Nothing’s Said in the flesh, alongside fan favourites such as Ellie with a  Saturday night gig full of flair and energy. It may well be one of the last opportunities to see them take residence in a more intimate venue, before they’re headlining SWX over the road.

7 March – Make Friends, Rough Trade Bristol
Tickets // roughtrade.com/rough-trade-bristol

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