The Artists Formerly Known As Friendsome celebrate three-year reunion with “
Seven Year Itch Point Dume.”
Three hazy years ago this summer, three historic L.A. brosephs (and Dema) encountered each other in the WestCo Freshmen Musical Industrial Complex. They chose a name, and at some fateful Open Mic in the fall of 2009, Friendsome arrived, set on a path moving swiftly towards the opening set of Spring Fling 2010. Now, three years, two name changes, two post-Linus projects, and at least one hiatus later, drummer John “Slayder” Snyder ’12 graduates into the great beyond and the rest of Lioness ponders its future.
And releases more sweet unheard Lioness cuts.
Seven Year Itch Point Dume,” which you may recognize from the band’s April show in Eclectic, is the latest. With an epic vocals-into-drums-into-summer-fun intro, wailing guitar solo via part-time member Adrien “Belew” DeFontaine ’13 totally cartographical cover art by member Dylan “MapQuest” Bostick ’13, and curious lyrics about slaying beasts and winning “the battle and the war,” discovering sunburns and reminiscing “of the rooooooad,” it’s also one of the greatest. As Bandcamp explains it, the track was produced by members Adrien and Ethan Young ’12 and recorded by Jared Paul ’11 in the Wesleyan music studios last fall. Last week it was made available for free download at the band’s BandCamp page, the first second of a handful of previous recordings set to be released throughout this summer.