Listen to the song "The Aristocrat"
The Aristocrats, the first release from Seattle's King Friday, is the tip of a psychedelic iceberg. Paul Simon’s penchant for harmony and Harry Nilsson’s wail clearly influence this set of songs but there’s something else happening here. There’s a whimsy that can’t be faked - a non-self-aware-stoner-dork vibe. These guys aren’t trying to do something different. They are different.
- 1. A Chart Making Work Of Staggering Genius
2. The Aristocrat
3. Human Resources
4. Genius In A Bottle
5. Cowboys Must Burn Their Eyes Always Riding At The Sun
6. Happiness Is Cheap
7. The Big Forgotten Feeling
8. Nobody Gives A Hit
9. A Drop In A Puddle In The Mud
10. A Barista And A Flight Attendant Walk Into A Bar
King Friday King Friday is a band of the 21st century. Their music is available everywhere, but only digitally. They’re signed to a record label, but all have day jobs (flight attendant, legal assistant, field biologist). They’ve recorded 10 full-length albums and released five using nothing but a modest home setup. They are an unapologetic band gaining steam in the most honest, practical way they know how, given the landscape of modern independent music. The only thing anchoring King Friday to another era is, contradictorily, their music. The songs hark back to more psychedelic times. They’re honest and fun, reminiscent of early Of Montreal recordings. Paul Simon’s penchant for harmony and Harry Nilsson’s signature wail clearly influence their catalog – but there’s something else happening here. There’s a whimsy that can’t be faked – an endearing sense of humor, candor, and personality that leave audiences glad the band is a productive as they are fun to listen to.