“One of the most gorgeously dark song cycles in years.”
“Friday himself remains as fearless and engaging a performer as ever.”
Inspired Performances with Sinead O’Connor
U2 Cover Glory
“Lord I’m Coming” Featured on the Soundtrack for the New Sean Penn Flick
When whispers began to circulate that legendary Irish troubadour Gavin Friday would be releasing a new album entitled catholic during the summer of 2011, it came as no surprise that critics and loyal fans alike perked up their ears in anticipation of what was sure to be a momentous occasion. Not surprisingly, Friday’s first album in 16 years did not disappoint. Interestingly, rather than slowing down, catholic seems to be building up a brand new head of steam (and buzz) as Friday finds himself chugging into the cooler months of a winter tour in support of what Oology is calling “one of the most gorgeously dark song cycles…in years,” and ranking the album #12 on their Top Indie/Alternative Albums of 2011.
It doesn’t hurt that he’s recently contributed a glorious reimagining of “The Fly” to Q Magazine’s Ahk-toong-Bay-bi Covered, which features icons like Friday alongside Patti Smith, Jack White, and Depeche Mode—all celebrating Bono’s 20th anniversary re-release of the pivotal Achtung Baby. In addition, Friday’s recent jaw-dropping live performances with special guest Sinead O’Connor have prompted a bevy of high praise, inciting The Irish Examiner to say “[Friday and O’Connor are] two fierce spirits…their performance is mesmerizing…Friday himself remains as fearless and engaging a performer as ever.” Finally, given the ex-Virgin Prunes leader’s rich history composing for major motion pictures (previously scoring soundtracks for films like The Boxer and Get Rich or Die Tryin’) it seems apt that the hit single “Lord I’m Coming” is being featured in the opening and closing credits of a new Paulo Sorrentino film, This Must Be The Place, which stars Sean Penn and boasts a soundtrack including songs from Friday, the indisputable genius David Byrne, and punk’s own godfather Iggy Pop, among others.