London/Melbourne based garage pop/psych duo , Meet – Family Friends


Brother-sister duo Family Friends, made up of Rebecca and Tom Fitzsimons, release ‘I’m Like You’ – the second track taken from their forthcoming EP, out late Feb.

Living between Melbourne and London the group’s sound is East London cool glazed with South Australian Sun. Bouncy psych elements combine with warm hazed-out dream-pop to create infectious tunes; brimful of attitude and oozing hooks from every pore ‘I’m Like You’ is an exuberant statement track from the duo.

Whilst there is a decidedly 90s tilt to the music, with nods towards the classier elements of brit-pop and the slacker rock scene, Family Friends slot well into the modern school of tasteful, melancholic guitar-pop. Reminiscent of the likes of Weezer, Breeders, Black Honey or Beach Baby they nonetheless retain a playfulness that grants them their own unique vibe.

After first single ‘Look the Other Way’ struck a chord in the indie scene- buzzing in the blogosphere and racking up over half a million plays on Spotify, Family Friends look to go from strength to strength with ‘I’m Like You’.

Meet – Family Friends
For those unfamiliar with your music, can you can you give us a little of your back history?

We’ve been playing together in Family Friends for a couple of years now, and before that we started way, way back.

Who would you list as your musical influence?

Beck, Paul McCartney, Blur, Weezer.

What’s the coolest thing that’s happened to you since you started up?

Signing up our second EP with Beatnik.

What are your hopes and dreams as a musician for the next few years?

Just to be able to keep making bangers!

What are some of your favorite albums from the past few years?

Currently still eating up Solange’s A Seat at the Table, and Christine and the Queens’ Chaleur Humaine.

Do you see any real use for social media, or is it all just a pain in the ass to keep with?

It’s so integrated, it’s difficult to tell.

Do you pay attention to reviews or comments from people about your music or do you just turn that noise off?

Only the nice ones.

If you could tour anywhere in the world, where would you want to go?

Nashville, Barcelona, Montreal.

Can music save the mortal soul or is just a good backbeat to your life?

We’d all probably shrivel and die without it.

Any last thoughts for your fans?


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Co-founder of 50thirdand3rd, stepped away to spend time with family and write. From Pittsburgh, now in Florida, Cool Canadian artist wife, 4 great kids, and two granddaughters!! I'm a lucky guy!

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