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Take Five with The Alternate Side: Friends

by Kara Manning

Along with other generically-named bands like Real Estate and Girls, Brooklyn's Friends play hard-to-get when it comes to Google searches (you're far more likely to find Jennifer Aniston than frontwoman Samantha Urbani), but this quintet of longtime friends has generated a lot of interest despite their nascent, two-single career thus far, signing to UK label Lucky Number last year.

Friends were picked for the BBC's Sound of 2012 longlist, the only indie band to nab that honor, and will be head out on tour with Metronomy this month, playing two dates at New York's Irving Plaza on March 29-30. The five bandmates — Urbani, bassist Lesley Hann, drummer Oliver Duncan, guitarist/keyboardist Nikki Shapiro and keyboardist/percussionist Matthew Molnar — are also excited about supporting Neon Indian's Alan Palomo on a leg of his spring tour, beginning April 3 in Philadelphia.

The Bushwick-based Friends' still-untitled debut album doesn't drop until May but they introduced many of those fresh tracks during their busy SXSW stint last week. Prior to heading to Austin, Friends visited The Alternate Side for a generous five-song set which included several songs from their upcoming release, like "Sorry," "Ruins," "Friend Crush" and one of the best singles from 2011, "I'm His Girl."

Friends is featured on today's Take Five on FUV. Head to The Alternate Side to see all of the in-studio videos, and hear the full interview on The Alternate Side in Session - airing at 11 AM on 91.5 WNYE and streaming on The Alternate Side.