· By Mattias Forsgren
Internet Friends release a lo-fi post-punk remix of 'Rice Krispies' from Philadelphia's own Ron Gallo Out Aug 26 on Icons Creating Evil Art
Internet Friends have been getting a lot of buzz lately since the release of their twisted single “Rice Krispies” earlier this summer, including spins on BBC Radio 6 Music, and Nels Hylton at BBC Radio 1 on the show 'Future Alternative', Jack Saunders at BBC Radio 1 supported the "cereal based indie banger" on his evening show, TotalRock, RBB Fritz and charting on Amazing Radio. The single even entered the ESNS Emerging European Chart. Now the Internet Friends receive a lo-fi post-punk remix of 'Rice Krispies' from Philadelphia's own Ron Gallo, who comments:
- "This was the first time someone asked me to do a remix for them, so thanks to internet friends for their bravery in having zero context for what i would do/how i might destroy their song. It's a really good song and I didn't think the recording or arrangement could be bettered really so I figured the only way was to flip it on its head feel-wise. Started by calling up my boy Maurice who is my favorite Garageband AI drummer to lay down some of those boom-bap style beats then just added the traditional stuff - pitching vocals, reversing things, adding in car crash and siren sound fx, more distortion. I kept trying to think what would sound good in a chaotic futuristic probably drug-addled basement dance club scene in a show like "I May Destroy You". Since the remix adopted more a hip-hop feel, i wanted there to be apart that keeps the og spirit of the band so manipulated the original drums in the bridge. Anyway, loved doing this, hopefully can lead to remixing more and becoming real life friends someday. This song has been in my head for a straight week since i worked on this."
Trying to box Ron Gallo up is like trying to clutch water in your hands. If he was to have a “thing” it’s build something, then destroy it. It’s his way to stay engaged and genuine in whatever he does. His only constant is that there is none. After years playing in bands in Philadelphia in 2014 he decided to finally make himself his main project citing that “if I make music under my own name, the project can never break up, i can just die. It’s like a lifelong commitment to myself.”.
Gallo's first proper solo album, 2017’s HEAVY META lead to widespread critical acclaim and touring the world including performances at Coachella, Governors Ball, Austin City Limits, Lollapalooza and more. The album was described by NPR as “a burst of literate electricity” and Gallo himself as an “insurgent poet and rock ‘n’ roll disruptor”. Gallo followed up quickly with the Really Nice Guys EP, a joke concept EP and mockumentary commenting on the absurdities of his new role as a professional touring musician. In October 2018, came the release of his second LP Stardust Birthday Party – a post-punk exploration of Gallo’s spiritual path described as bringing “the fruits of meditation to Gallo’s jams – a little like Bodhisattva Vow marked the influx of MCA’s Buddhism into the Beastie Boys.”
Last year, Fredrik Soila, Jakob Falkendal and Noel Hassling-Offrell as Internet Friends, released the “Nosebleeds” EP - the follow up to their debut EP “Yawn Yawn Yawn”. Described as "a fusion between alternative indie rock and punk pop", “Nosebleeds” built on the energy established on their pop-leaning debut. Today, they are almost unrecognizable as they give two fingers to those who made them feel unwelcome and de-prioritised in their formative years. The sunny disposition has been swapped with one of attitude, spit and discontent.
Feeling exiled by the Swedish music scene, Internet Friends began to play up the idea of professional martyrdom and developed a core audience by relentless hard work and frequent, balls-to-wall live shows. “A gig should be 60 minutes without a break, with up-tempo songs and a maximum of one ballad. We want to reach out and have a party, not give people more anxiety.”
Jakob Falkendal explains: “The core of the band is that we really want to make a big impression as a live band, to be the band we ourselves wanted to see. What is missing in Swedish music today is bands and artists with damn clear intentions. The point of playing is to entertain and offer people a free zone. I think the core is that we are not on stage for our sake, but for the sake of the audience. Because we have to give it to people. The music scene of today is poor in nutrition.”
Sink your teeth into Internet Friends now. You’ll only get hungry later.