Friendly Yen

Friendly Yen

 Melbourne, Victoria, AUS
BandRockReggae

After two patient years of writing, travelling and developing, Friendly Yen are proud to announce the release of their debut mini-album “4:59”.  

Biography

After two patient years of writing, travelling and developing, Friendly Yen are proud to announce the release of their debut mini-album “4:59”.  Thanks to some strong demos and a generous arts grant, Friendly Yen were able to snag the attention of ARIA nominated producer Forrester Savell (Birds of Tokyo, Dead Letter Circus, Dallas Frasca, The Butterfly Effect). He has worked on many gold album records including The Butterfly Effect's 'The Final Conversation of Kings', and was nominated for a ARIA for 'producer of the year' for Karnivool’s ‘Sound Awake' (which reached number 2 on the ARIA charts). The boys spent two weeks at Savell and his colleague Prasheen Naran's base in Sing Sing South Studios, Melbourne, recording and mixing the tracks. The final result is a collection of infectious tracks that will leave you hanging for more.

The band is fronted by Jeff Hann, who has been described as having “intricate vocals running with perfect pitch” (FastLouder.com.au, 2007).   4:59 is a seven-track collection of songs, written by Hann and inspired by the excitements and realities of life: the frustration of the nine-till-five work world, the bittersweetness of sharing a moment with someone you will never see again, and the doubt that comes with chasing your dreams.  

Hann returned to Australia in 2010 after spending twelve months abroad in Germany and decided to relocate to Melbourne with the rest of Friendly Yen.  Having already cemented themselves in the Canberra Music Scene, the move sought to strengthen the bands profile, ensuring they have loyal fan-bases in both cities.  During this time Julian Abrahams (Casual Projects, Mustered Courage) was recruited to the band, bringing with him a wealth of knowledge - not to mention his huge guitar sound!

It's not only Hann who is critically applauded, with Jason Peters' being called a drummer who is “one of those rarities who “plays music” as opposed to “playing drums” (FastLouder.com.au, 2007), whilst bass player Patrick Lillicrap brings a solid groove to the table.

Friendly Yen's reviewers have always applauded their stage presence, which is clearly fuelled by the chemistry of knowing each other for several years and spending many nights entertaining the unsuspecting and enlightened alike.  “The group owned the stage with a tight set, shredding guitar solos and a great stage presence.  If their set was anything to go by, the boys are in for a very busy 2011!” (Fasterlouder.com.au, 2011)

The first single The Colour (released August 6th) will be accompanied by a clip directed by award-winning Josh Aylett of Volley Films.  Shot in Aylett's current home of Sweden, The Colour features stunning scenery, poignant close-ups and oh, just a little full-frontal male nudity.

4:59 will be released on August 19th, and will be available for purchase on I-Tunes.

Celebrate with Friendly Yen at the 4:59 launch party on Sunday August 28th at Northcote Social Club, Melbourne.

You can also catch Friendly Yen on the following dates:

Saturday, July 23rd at The Vineyard in St Kilda, Melbourne
Thursday, August 4th at The Empress, Fitzroy North, Melbourne
Wednesday, August 17th at The Espy, St Kilda, Melbourne
Thursday, September 1st at The Brunswick Hotel, Brunswick, Melbourne

Friendly Yen's reviewers have always applauded their stage presence, which is clearly fueled by the chemistry of knowing each other for several years and spending many nights entertaining the unsuspecting and enlightened alike.

August 2011 will see the release of Friendly Yen's debut album "4:59".

Upcoming gigs
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- 8 June @ The Espy, St Kilda
- 9 June @ Pony, Melbourne
- 26 June @ Yah Yahs, Collingwood
- 13 uly @ The Espy, St Kilda
- 23 July @ The Vineyard, St Kilda
- 4 August @ The Empress, Fitzroy North
- 17 August @ The Espy, St Kilda
- 28 August @ The Northcote Social Club, Northcote
- 1 September @ The Brunswick Hotel, Brunswick

To view their film clip, please copy this link in your web browser:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3yeG0kCiDCs

Lyrics

The Colour

Written By: Jeff Hann

Black and White is the colour of the world today
And see it was only a matter of time, before the roses
started to run
Back and white is making a shade of grey
And it’s stamped across the sky to justify the moody
blues, of the stares, so see through

It’s alright, baby its okay
There’s only so many times that we can keep on
Concentrating
It’s alright, baby its okay
Climbing to find the steepest climb, it’s all so relative.

Black and white it’s not so fitting
There’s only one tree left to decide who will grow and
who will fall
And he’s taking a little time find his ending
A little boy feeling like he’s got no home, well he’s got
nowhere left to go.

I’m losing all my colour, I’m finding rainbows with only
1 stripe
I’m losing confidence in the green that’s squeezed
between cities as we carry on
Carry on squeezing.

Climbing to find a steepest climb, it’s all so relative.

Discography

"4:59" - August 2011
"Wild Things E.P" - 2008

Set List

1. The Man
2. Canberra Scene
3. Digest
4. Ball Rolling
5. Chemistry
6. Good Times
7. 360
8. Rat Tat
9. Wild Things
10. Imagine
11. Tomorrow
12. Run
13. Coco Delight
14. Accent
15. World Apart
16. Agua
2 x 50 minute sets

All originals