Band of the Day: Friday’s Spirit

No prizes for guessing why we picked Friday’s Spirit to be Band of the Day on a Friday…

Simple things first – where are you guys from?

We’re from Salzburg, Austria.

How did you meet?

Dave and Flo have been buds since their childhood and are also the founding members of the original FS line-up. 2 years ago, after our former lead guitarist quit, we were searching for a replacement. Through friends we came in across our boy Phil. Now here we are – the 3 musketeers.

How long have you been playing as a band?

“Three-Hundred lives of men, we have walked this earth, and now we are pressed to make good music.” ~ Mithrandir.

The band was founded back way back in the day, but with the current line-up, we’ve been playing for a year now.

Before you get sick of being asked… where does the band name come from?

Back when the band was founded, we were young fellows playing punk rock covers and drinking beer at my parents’ basement every Friday. Classic, isn’t it? There wasn’t much we were too ambitious about as a band. The only thing that really mattered was us chilling, partying and making music on a Friday night after a “long day at work”. After some time, we somehow got to play a gig at a local pub (on a Friday of course) and needed a name. And that’s where the name comes from… obviously.

What are your influences?

Every member adds a different spice to the soup. So, we’re reaching from Killswitch Engage (Phil), to John Coffey (Dave), to The Story So Far (Flo), which I would say are the major influences, defining our music the most right now.

Describe your music. What makes you unique?

We don’t know if we are that unique and we also don’t care, but we enjoy the mix of Metalcore, Hardcore-Punk and Pop-Punk.

Do you have any particular lyrical themes?

In general, we love to address social conflicts and the daily ups and downs in life. But we have also written a song about a guy who ran naked through a forest, while being high on hallucinatory drugs. So, there’s actually no limit to what we write.

What’s your live show like? How many shows have you played?

It’s pretty much a rock-show as you would assume it. But no fancy outfits (yet), no pyrotechnics (yet) and no chicks waiting backstage after the gig (yet… this is so sad btw). Since 2016, we’ve played about 35 shows mainly around Austria and Germany.

What’s the wildest thing you’ve seen or done at a live show?

When we think of it, there really wasn’t something too fancy going on. We can only remember that one time, when we were playing at a small venue in Innsbruck. Back in the day we used to buy all kinds of fruits, painted faces on them and gave them fancy names like Melon Mike and Pineapple Pete. It was at that day when we chose Pineapple Pete as our mascot during our live show. At some point we gave Pete to the audience assuming nothing bad, thought they would dance with him or whatever. Suddenly some teenagers started to rip him apart and began to feast on his flesh like it was some kind of a satanic ritual. The whole floor was covered in pineapple blood… a horrifying sight.

What kit do you use / guitars do you play / etc.?

Our drummer is playing a Tama Starclassic, Phil is playing mostly Ibanez and ESP, with EMG and Seymour Duncan Pickups, and our bass player Dave is using a Fender Precision. As for amps, we use Marshall and Markbass.

What, if anything, are you plugging/promoting at the moment?

At the moment we’re promoting our new music video “TSTT”. Val from What Happened To Your Band? is doing an amazing job, and we’re super happy about all the positive responses we’ve got so far.

What are your plans for 2019?

Writing, recording, playing. All day every day.

If you were second on a three-band bill, which band would you love to be supporting and which band would you choose to open for you? A chance to plug someone you’ve toured with, or a mate’s band we’ve not heard of before!

Actually, there are so many great bands out there, and we’d love to support whoever is within our musical genre. However, since all the bands we listen to are very specific in their style, our music wouldn’t actually fit in 100%. Nevertheless, if given the opportunity, supporting bands like Killswitch Engage or The Story So Far would be a dream come true. As for opening bands, we really enjoy playing with local groups, because we think it’s really important to support the scene and to help each other. Gotta build a house on solid ground.

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