Friends of the Bog - Lyra LP
release date: 11.15.17
Genre: indie rock/folk
Hometown: Chicago, IL
Influences: Okkervil River, Neutral Milk Hotel, Jenny Lewis
Sounds Like: Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Fleetwood Mac, Fleet Foxes
Friends of the Bog combines the raucous folk-punk of DIY bands like The Violent Femmes and Neutral Milk Hotel with the gentle parlour sound of classic Americana outfits like The Carter Family and The Weavers.
Founded by six real-life friends in the winter of 2015, the band quickly progressed from playing variety shows around Chicago to recording their debut EP with Steve Albini. Their thoughtful, evocative lyrics are balanced by intricately arranged songs and energetic, theatrical live performances.
In Chicago, Friends of the Bog has headlined shows at Schuba’s, Martyr’s, Beat Kitchen, and Quencher’s, among others. Nationally, the band has taken its music to stages in Minneapolis, Detroit, Gambier, New York, Philadelphia, and Washington D.C.
Last year, the band released Lyra, their first full-length album. Self-produced, Lyra embraces the textural possibilities offered within the 6-piece collective. Vocal harmonies, layered strings and sustained keys work to lift up the confessionally honest lyrics forming the heart of each song. Lyra was tracked with engineer Norman Marston at Wall of Sound studios in Chicago, and then taken home and mixed at band member Patrick Budde's studio. Lyra is released via the band's own Preserve Records label.
Matt Beard // Vocals, guitar
Patrick Budde // Vocals, guitar, mandolin, banjo
Gaby Febland // Vocals, accordion, autoharp
Beth Hyland // Vocals, keyboard
Jake Pollock // Bass
Josh Scott // Drums, vocals
Preserve Records, 2018
Matt Beard // firstname.lastname@example.org // 303.902.3138