ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Friendz reunite for Love
By Arthur Thuot
Gazette file photo
AH, THE LIFE OF A
ROCK STAR. The Super Friendz find some time to relax with
good food and good Friendz.
Intimacy: it's the most essential part of any relationship.
Knowing this, I think it's safe to say Matt Murphy and I have
a very close, intimate rapport.
Just a couple of telephone handsets and a few thousand kilometres
of telephone wire separated me from the lead singer-songwriter
of the Halifax-based band The Super Friendz, as we discussed
the oh-so-related subjects of his band's new album, African
music and the merits of alcohol spillage.
The Super Friendz reunited this past winter to record Love
Energy, the band's first release since their split in 1997.
"We needed a break from each other after spending four years
in a van together so we could forget the small slights [and]
the grudges we held," Murphy admits. "We were able to come
back and be gentlemen about the whole thing. We could be a
little more flippant about how our songs were treated and more
When The Super Friendz burst into the scene back in the '90s,
comparisons with ber-East-Coast-rockers Sloan were abundant. "[Now]
it doesn't matter," Murphy says. "It's kind of a tall shadow
to escape, but we're over that and we don't worry about that
Although, he concedes, the comparison isn't totally without
fault. "I understand why people compare us to that band or
any other band. People just want to tell someone else what
to expect when they hear [our music] and to do that you need
to quote something that they are going to already know."
Murphy's personal taste in music is a little more eclectic
than one might expect after listening to the straightforward
rock of Love Energy. Current personal favourites include England's
The Darkness and African funkmaster Fela Kuti. Speaking of
his love for funk, he says bashfully, "The stuff I like...
it's so nerdy."
On Oct. 5, when The Super Friendz make their way to The Embassy
in London, Murphy says the band plans to "play the whole new
album, the hits from [their first record] Mock Up/Scale Down
and a couple songs from the second record. It's a really good
live show. I think we're much better than we were... we have
some good energy."
And finally, since everybody looks up to rock stars, Murphy
has some sound advice on study habits: "I found I did really
well at school when I went to see bands play a reunion show
on campus. I found that was really inspiring and even though
it took time away from studying, I found when I came back and
approached my studying I had a renewed sense of self-worth,
a new confidence and a lucidity that I had lacked previously.
You can't write an essay unless you get a beer poured over
your head the night before."
And when you get back from the show, filthy and reeking, simply
smile and tell em Matt Murphy said so.