EX FRIENDS (Philadelphia, PA) is excited to announce that it will be teaming up with Germany’s venerable Yo Yo Records (Latterman, Spraynard, Lemuria) for TWISTED AROUND, a new five-song EP which will see an official release date of January 15, 2013.
Featuring songwriter / bassist Joel Tannenbaum from the legendary (and recently reunited) Plow United, as well as noted punk artist JP Flexner on drums, Twisted Around was mixed and mastered by Arik Victor (Bouncing Souls, Kill Your Idols, The Casualties, Crime in Stereo) and is the follow-up to No Wonder We Prefer The Dark, which was released earlier this year on Paper + Plastick. The album will be available on digital and 7-inch vinyl formats, with the latter being limited to 500 copies on various colorways.
To celebrate today’s announcement, the band and label have teamed up with AMP Magazine for an exclusive song premier for “Punk Rock Wedding, Punk Rock Divorce.” Setting the tone for the upcoming EP, the track is an angry-yet-infectious-and funny tale of hope and disappointment set in Tannenbaum’s old West Philadelphia neighborhood … or some place like it. To stream the new offering, go here.
Watching things decay and fall apart with a wink and a grin is the order of the day on Twisted Around, and Ex Friends often sounds like a death pact between Phil Spector and a train-hopping junkie. Joel Tannenbaum’s scratchy singing and string-smashing guitar fight to a perpetual draw with bassist Audrey Crash’s plaintive vocals and fretless melodic flights. Jayme Guokas’ washes of delay and instantly memorable lead lines, along with J.P. Flexner’s frenetic drumming, split the difference. Kind, cruel, compassionate, catchy as hell. Ex Friends is all those things you’ve ever felt, all those things you’ve ever done and regretted – or not done and regretted – shouted back at you in irresistible one minute and forty five second intervals.