To state the bleedin’ obvious, life can have its ups and downs. Imagine feeling like you’re in the groove, you’re gathering significant momentum and just at that point, the Universe sticks a pandemic-sized set of buffers in your path. This was certainly the picture for Bristol indie-pop quartet, Make Friends. Before all this malarkey, you’d call them ‘infectious’, but that sounds borderline icky in the current context. Suffice to say that they sound bloody marvellous. David Thomas, the band’s guitarist, gave us a further insight into the above, as well as giving us an ‘In Short’ peek into his psyche:

“Lockdown has been a crazy and unsettling time. Aside from binge-ing on every TV show we’ve been meaning to watch and sitting outside in the garden for hours on end, we’ve been playing/writing a lot of music and playing virtual gigs live on our Instagram and Facebook pages. Not being able to play live is a very easy way for a band to start feeling irrelevant, so to us it was important to utilise the time effectively. We recently played as part of Sofathon Singalong in support of the Music Venue Trust, and we will be playing our own Insta live gig on Friday 17th April. These intimate shows have been a great way for bands and artists to still feel connected and creative while being stuck in isolation. Seeing the different ways in which people are still creating content in all of this has actually been really inspiring.

“Before lockdown, we had just released our latest single, ‘When Nothing’s Said’, and then a couple of days later, we were away on tour, signing off with a homecoming show at Rough Trade in Bristol. It was our first proper headline tour, so seeing rooms full of people that had come to see our band made it a very proud week for us. The show at Rough Trade was a huge success, as we were only a couple of tickets away from selling it out; that gig was truly a huge moment for all of us. What was pretty crazy was that as we were away playing shows, the reports of COVID-19 incidents were getting more and more alarming. Our tour ended only a week or two before lockdown, so it was a bit weird going from one of our most amazing weeks as a band to not being able to all be in a room together anymore!

“As the rest of 2020 is looking increasingly unpredictable, our plan for now is continue to release new music. We have more songs being mixed right now that should hopefully be out in the not too distant future. We’re very proud of them and we can’t wait for people to listen. We had a lot of shows planned that have understandably been cancelled/postponed, so for now we will continue to play live on our social media pages. We might even have some surprises in store. Hopefully we will be playing live gigs again by the end of the year, but until then we hope everyone stays safe!”

See the lyric video for ‘When Nothing’s Said’ here:

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Three words to describe our music..

Hooks and rhythm

Last photo on my phone…

Max playing the drums

Favourite Instagram account…

beam me up softboi

The best venue I’ve played…

Thekla, Bristol

Earliest song I remember…

R.E.M. – ‘Imitation Of Life’

The worst job I’ve ever had…

Kitchen porter – grim

Favourite food on tour…

We’ve developed a tradition to try and eat at Wetherspoons in every new city we play – cheap and cheerful on the road.

Favourite word…

Chump, the ultimate insult

Things that cheer me up…

Music, sunshine, hugs, Mario Kart, pizza, mini eggs, cats

If I could play a gig anywhere it would be…

On a roof, Beatles style

I think you should listen to…

Joe Probert, Kevin Krauter, The Desert, Little Thief, Her’s, Gengahr, Westerman, Luna Lake

If I could see anyone play live it would be…

Radiohead

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Featured Image by Gina Leonard.