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Chicago, Illinois, United States

Chicago, Illinois, United States
Band Pop Avant-garde


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Shawn Rosenblatt, the lone constant in the Chicago band Netherfriends, is some kind of a mastermind. The young man has such an expert way with indie rock arrangement and with the tricky business of sounding both unfamiliar and like something that we’ve been intimate with time and again. It’s as if we could recall his songs by closing our eyes and checking in with our olfactory sensibilities and we should be able to arrive at a clear picture – like a demented circus train, or a hammer hitting a bullet sending a gorgeous distress signal up from a life raft to explode over a vast and terrifying ocean. He seems to have gone out with a net and corralled all of the tails of every comet that’s come close enough to Earth to nab, bundled them and then shocked them into weird motions and dance maneuvers. - Daytrotter

"Best Random Find SXSW '08- Blender"

Wander into bar. Buy cheap beer. Discover greatness. Banging out sweetly distorted sing-along melodies on guitar, keyboard and drums, Chicago trio Netherfriends delivered the thrill of the unknown. - Blender Magazine

"Oh My Rockness"

“Netherfriends have a bunch of toe-tappers in their repertoire, and I definitely wouldn’t mind this band leading my crew in a round of
campfire songs (if campfires weren’t so creepy when you and all your friends are 30-something). - Oh My Rockness


Chicago’s Netherfriends allow their songs to define the band, not their fashion sense or peers. Rare as it may be, Netherfriends are at
the forefront of a new crop of artists focused on great songwriting and performance. This group is the amalgamation of experimental field
recordings, solid pop melody, and vocal harmonies. Netherfriends make some of the most likeable music. It’s fun, poppy, catchy as all get
out, and smart as a whip.

"You Ain’t No Picasso"

“TAC TAC” is some wicked smart pop music that’s bone simple with a fantastic melody. I guess… if pressed, I’d say the production is closest to Man Man performing at their happiest and youngest.
- You Ain’t No Picasso

"Pasta Primavera"

Chicago’s Netherfriends caught my attention with their Feather & Dots 3 track 7?. It was overflowing with layered (but not heavy and dense) experimental folk-ish pop rock.
- Pasta Primavera


Feathers and Dots 7inch (Black and Greene Records) 2008
Calling You Out EP (Emergency Umbrella) 2009



Emerging from the rooftops of Chicago in 2007, Netherfriends are that bastard-psych-pop-catchy as hell band that you’ve been searching for. They recently signed with indie label Emergency Umbrella. Their debut 6 song EP “Calling You Out,” fused heavily layered arrangements with group sing-a-longs, spare pianos, synths, glockenspiels and other hard to place, but familiar sounds. The three-piece psychedelic pop band grabbed some early spark and attention from places like Blender and RCRD LBL and have played at both SXSW in Austin and CMJ in New York City. Netherfriends features Shawn Rosenblatt (vocals, guitar, keys, samples) a freshly minted college graduate this spring, planning to put his education to use from the road. At the moment, he has many different individuals play live with him.