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FRIENDMAKER talks about “you, me and everything else”

From the Irish borderlands emerges FRIENDMAKER, a five-piece indie alt-folk pop-rock band, fronted by singer, songwriter and producer David Marron (Sanzkrit, Somefinn). Their debut single ‘You, Me and Everything Else’ will be released on March 3. This endearing and infectious indie-folk offering is accompanied by a stark meaningful video with cinematography by Darren Finn and Fiona Marron and choreography by Orla Sheridan and Paige Cunningham.
‘You, Me & Everything Else’ is a reflective folk meandering that willfully loses itself to a darker undertow. It
is a moment in thought. The pause before a new chapter. A love song about the other love, the one they
don’t write about. A love beyond the initial spark and the early excitement. A love that requires you to
reveal more of yourself than just the curated ideal. A love that invites you to learn more of self and asks
you to lay bare your innermost truths. Will they still like the real you? Will you?

Hailing from Carrickmacross in Monaghan County, near the border with Northern Ireland, Marron (vocals
and guitar) is joined by Maolíosa McMahon (vocals and keys), Paul Finn (guitar and vocals), Paul
Markey (bass) and Fintan Marron (drums). Friendmaker combines Marron’s endearing storytelling
approach and insightful lyrics with a rich soundtrack of carefully crafted folk-tinged indie rock.

“We like creating songs where every note and every lyric is carefully considered, but we also like
embracing the accidental stuff. We like to make songs that have a familiar warmth before bringing the
listener with us to darker places. Then we use melody and humour to keep the listener there forever!
Ha! but yeah we’re just a rock band making the kind of music we would want to listen to. We live for those floaty moments when a song begins to magic into life,” says David Marron.

After Marron’s previous band Sanzkrit grounded to a halt, Marron found himself trying to fill a void by
playing guitar in a few bands DJing, doing graphic design for bands and running an Arts Festival. Even
though he was keeping busy in creative fields, he felt he was still ignoring a big and important part of
himself. He notes, “Music was solely personal therapy for dealing with difficulty. It wasn’t something I really felt like sharing at that time.”

For David and Friendmaker, it would take a global pandemic and an unsold car to get back on track, diving deeper into music with the isolation of the lockdowns spurring him to be more social in his creativity. But he was also faced with a fateful choice: “In early 2020, I had saved a few quid to upgrade my car. If lockdown hadn’t happened, I definitely would’ve changed my car and I don’t think any of this new material would exist. Thankfully the money I had saved for a car was instead invested in proper recording equipment and so, over six months, I built a studio and began writing and recording. New ideas flowed seamlessly. The new environment was inspiring and the songs kept coming. I was writing the best music I had ever written and you’ll be glad to know my car is still hanging on too, but just.”

On the video, Marron notes, “I used the lyrical themes as a jumping-off point for a tangential narrative.
We’re introduced to a confused character, confronted by two temptress figures inspired by the Selkies &
Sirens of Celtic Folklore. In this context, they represent opposing poles of thought, the left brain, the right
brain, certainty and doubt, the proverbial two paths. Our character is drawn to sea as his mind dances in
thought between harmony and chaos. He seeks control of the inner turmoil and through that journey
realises as he nears his point of breaking that it is the very obsession of control that errs his equilibrium
and that it is in the actual relinquishment of authority that he finds an inner peace….. for now anyway. At
the end we leave our protagonist where we first met him. He knows similar difficulties may lie ahead but
experience will leave him better prepared for battle.”

On March 3, ‘You, Me & Everything Else’ will be released via the band’s own imprint House of Strange
Vinyl and will be available everywhere digitally, including Bandcamp.

Rudolf Schütz

I am the founder/owner and editor-in-chief of the Rubber Axe webzine, the underground/overground cultural publication, publishing also this website dedicated to all things Indonesian. I'm a happily married guy with 2 kids and a fantastic wife, and I'm a relentless discoverer of all things cultural and culinary. An everlasting dreamer and idealist.

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