Netherfriends can be pals of Rockness anytime. - Oh My Rockness

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Netherfriends can be pals of Rockness anytime.

December 7, 2009
Chicago's Netherfriends are a young trio that plays catchy synth-pop with perhaps a dash of psych (if psych weren't so serious all the time) and a little bit of hazy laid-back dreaming (like the Animal Collective/Panda Bear thing).

This is pretty optimistic stuff for sure (the chorus of the inspirationally titled song, "Stop Smoking Asshole Cigarettes," goes something like "ba-ba-da-ba-bop"). And someone always seems to be tinkering with strange toys in the background of these playful-yet-substantial songs. But they're not toys, they're just pots and pans, glockenspiels, melodicas and happy samples.

Netherfriends have a bunch of toe-tappers in their repertoire, and I definitely wouldn't mind this band leading my crew in a round of campfire songs (if campfires weren't so creepy when you and all your friends are 30-something).

Netherfriends have recently played shows with Maps & Atlases, Wye Oak, and Pattern Is Movement. Considering all the buzz dream-pop is getting these days, it seems only natural Netherfriends will be able to ride that wave. They've got the "skillz" to pay the "billz."

Netherfriends play Ottoman Empire, on Friday, December 11th.


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