Friendly Fires preview (via Friendly Fires at the Social.

Friendly Fires perform at The Social, Saturday, October 8th.

Friendly Fires at the Social

By Samir Mathur
Contributing writer
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FRIENDLY FIRES and THEOPHILUS LONDON play The Social on Saturday, October 8th.

It’s not a surprise that my favourite album of 2011 thus far is by a group of skinny white dudes from the suburbs of North London. That is pretty much a cert, any given year. But what IS unusual is that these skinny white dudes have made an incredibly danceable, lush, tropical sounding album. That is not a sound that you’d expect from looking at them. The album is ‘Pala’, by St. Albans’ Friendly Fires, and it’s a monster. NME called it “the perfect pool party soundtrack” and that sounds about right. I’m planning on dancing at this thing like a maniac. Highly recommend that you do the same.

Opening is Brooklyn rapper Theophilus London, whose recent debut album ‘Timez are Weird These Days’ was pretty good. He deserves props, if nothing else, for having a chorus that goes “Last name London, first name Theophilus.” Should make for an interesting contrast with Friendly Fires.