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Friday’s Child has always charted its own course on both the artistic and business sides of the music industry. From the band’s earliest days, Friday’s Child broke free from the traditional limitations of what a ‘band’ could and could not do. When everyone was trying to get signed to a ‘major label’, the band built its own successful label and distribution method. When the buzz was how ‘live music was dying,’ the band became the founding member of the Digital Café Tour, which filmed over 100 music artists and comedians in various NJ and NYC venues. At a time where the music industry is still struggling to understand ‘who it is,’ Friday’s Child is preparing to make its most anticipated record to date.
The band’s been writing and rehearsing the material for this record for quite some time, and doing acoustic performances to ‘test’ the songs out. This refined line up of Tom Walker (guitars/lead vocals), Rich Haddad (bass/background vocals) and Chris McElroy (guitars/background vocals) was formed from genuine friendships. An undeniable chemistry grew in the process.
Tom stated “The hardest thing when you write a song is bringing it to rehearsal with a band. You never know how it will come out the other side. With these guys, there is a ton of mutual respect. Getting to a final arrangement is an easy flow. I think it’s going to show in the quality of the songs and how they are played and produced.”
The band has been given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to work with legendary producer, Bob Johnston.
Bob’s career created a catalog of groundbreaking albums that have sold over one billion copies worldwide. Bob produced Bob Dylan’s Blonde on Blonde and Highway 61 Revisited, Johnny Cash’s At Folsom Prison (Live) and At San Quentin, Simon and Garfunkel’s Sounds of Silence and Parsley, Sage, Rosemary & Thyme, Willie Nelson’s The IRS Tapes, and the list goes on. Those accomplishments compelled Rolling Stone Magazine to name Bob as one of the Top 10 Record Producers of all time.
Tom spoke about playing some of the new songs for the first time for Bob. “I went out to California to play some of the new material for Bob. I walked into his house and he said to play him my best three songs because he generally does not want to hear a fourth. I walked into his living room and started playing each song. We talked about the songs, he made some comments and suggestions, and we stopped three and a half hours later. It was very inspiring. By the time I left Bob had also signed on to produce our next recording.”
There’s an interesting twist that’s happened as the band started the pre-production work. Something that Friday’s Child fans have not seen in quite some time. Tom put the acoustic guitar on a stand for many of the songs and picked up one of his electrics. Friday’s Child audiences are not prepared for the high-octane sound that resulted.
The financing of the Bob Johnston project and associated documentary film is in the works, and the resulting product is slated for completion in 2014.
"We've managed to fund pieces of this film at a time since we started producing it in 2011. We are up to 6 hours of documentary footage shot, with celebrity interviews being next in our schedule," Tom said recently.
Meanwhile, Tom signed a publishing deal with Round Hill Music in March 2012. While preparing for the Bob Johnston Recording, the band has been recording singles for use in Cable television series and motion pictures. 2012 promises to be a banner year for Friday's Child.
Friday's Child's original drummer and a true original musical voice, Dave Drzewiecki, returned to the drum throne for the band after almost 9 years at the end of 2012. Dave was THE drummer for Friday's Child in its most succesful years (1996 to 2003).
"Tommy and I were at his mother's wake. He looked at me and asked me, 'Is there any reason we EVER stopped playing together?' And I thought about it and said, 'As a matter of fact, no!' Dave said recently.
A few months later, Tom, Rich, Dave and Chris began passing demos back and forth on Dropbox and arranging new songs via cyberspace.
Dave's return put the band back into playing out in their home area of New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania in 2013. The band played a series of packed out shows in and released a single on I-Tunes,"California Stoned." The new album will be done in 2014 and will be supported by more regional live dates and few television appearances.