Glasgow duo Friends In America‘s experimental brand of pop rock has taken a poignant turn with their newest single, “Scruffy,” which we have the honor of sharing with you today. Taken from the band’s upcoming full-length album, titled Old Indifference, “Scruffy” is a beautifully seasonal offering perfect for the colder weather months. The lyrics, however, are a bit more somber and heartbreaking, drawing inspiration from two tragic events in Glasgow’s not-so-distant past.
“The winters of 2013 and 2014 bore witness to sheer vulnerability slamming against the communal resolve of all those impacted (both directly and otherwise) by the Clutha Helicopter Crash and Glasgow Bin Lorry Crash, respectively,” explains singer/songwriter Matthew Rawlings. “Everyone I know experienced the same things: Phone calls from friends and family to make sure you’re okay, an entire population reconciling their own disbelief with a nagging sadness that this community was in itself not immune to cruel and unforeseeable circumstance. ‘Scruffy’ is about my commutes through a place beside itself with grief, lit up with Christmas lights.”
Listen to “Scruffy” below and let us know what you think. The single will be officially released on Thursday, November 10 and will be available through Bandcamp. There’s no set release date yet for Old Indifference but keep up with Friends In America on Facebook and Twitter for more information on the album.
To celebrate the single’s launch on November 10, Friends In America will headline a show at Broadcast in Glasgow with Crow’s Feet and HOME$LICE. Event details and tickets can be found here. As an added bonus, the band will have a special cassette release of their recent Be In Love EP on sale at the show.