NO NEW FRIENDS. released their first EP, ‘Do You Still Think About Me?’

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At midnight on Friday, NO FRIENDS. released their debut EP, “Do You Still Think About Me?” Made up of five Syracuse University students – Elizabeth Stuart, Scott Greenblatt, Jackson Siporin, Peter Groppe and Jack Harrington – the group has been releasing music since December 2019.

With his new EP, NONEWFRIENDS. offers listeners a selection of songs representative of the band’s creative direction. “Do you still think of me?” includes five tracks lasting from 2:11 to 4:12. “Not Your Girl”, “May”, and “Jammer (They Don’t Understand)” all came out ahead of the EP, giving listeners a sample of the sounds to come.

Influenced by funk and jazz music, “Do You Still Think About Me?” is a debut sound EP from NONEWFRIENDS. Harrington said the EP’s theme was love and the feelings associated with the cycles of a relationship. Stuart provides lead vocals for the songs, creating an accompaniment for Siporin’s saxophone, which stands out from the EP.

To accompany the release of their EP, NONEWFRIENDS. will play a show at Funk ‘n Waffles on Saturday. SU sophomore Lauren Juzang will appear as a special guest on the show.



Harrington, the band’s bassist, spoke to The Daily Orange after the EP’s release to discuss the band’s creative process, sources of inspiration and future plans.
Below is the transcript of The DO’s interview with Harrington, edited for brevity and clarity.

The Daily Orange:

How did you decide it was time for NONEWFRIENDS. release a first EP?

Jack Harington:

We wanted to release an EP for a long time. Simply put, it was just the right time. Even though some of the music we had already released, most of it was strategic leading up to the EP. And we felt that it was the first time that we had a good group of songs that represented us at one time. So we feel comfortable releasing it as a draft.

The fact:

Where does the inspiration for this EP come from?

JH:

I mean, I can’t speak for everyone, so I’ll just say everyone’s influences really kind of channeled into the sound that came out of the project. I know we all come from very, very different places, so it was really just a combination of what we’ve all been listening to and what we’ve all been listening to lately that kind of influenced the project.

The fact:

How long have you been working on the EP?

JH:

Probably about a year. For pretty much every song we’ve had, two or three sessions in the year before the EP. Like, from the time we finished the project, from the time we started, it took about a year. We had three main recording sessions where we locked ourselves in our house for two or three days and recorded all the demos we had in mind. Almost everything we recorded was in our house.

The fact:

Do you have a song that you feel most proud of?

JH:

There is not a single song. I have, you know, songs that I’m proud of for different reasons. But I think if I had to choose one for a certain reason, I would say “Borderlines”. I feel like this is the song that I couldn’t, more than anything else, hear any artist create. It is a creation that seems very unique to us. We kind of let ourselves go nuts on that one.

The fact:

Are there any songs that didn’t make it?

JH:

We kind of knew we wanted to stick to five songs. So we probably had like one or two songs that we cut because we knew we wanted a certain number of songs. We wanted to keep the listener’s attention all the time, and we thought adding more to the project might eventually take away from that. So yeah, I think one or two songs (got cut).

The fact:

What do you hope listeners take away from this EP?

JH:

I hope they feel what we felt when we were writing and creating music. A lot of the emotions we felt (while) writing the songs were also translated while we were recording. We felt those same emotions. And then also, kind of, having a better understanding of who we are as a band and what we’re trying to say and what we sound like.

The fact:

What are the band’s future plans? Is there potential for a full album to come?

JH:

Yeah, I mean, definitely. Definitely a full album, one day on the road. I don’t know if there will be another EP by then. This is definitely one of our goals. We just made non-stop music. So right now we’re just trying to write, record, not really thinking about what we’re trying to do as a whole, just kind of keep hanging around like that for a while. And then finally, (we’re going to) take a step back and see how we want to approach releasing the songs.

The fact:

In one word, how would you describe the EP?

JH:

I would describe it similarly to the answer I gave for what we hope listeners take away from it. It sort of establishes our identity from that time when we recorded everything. We’ll see if that changes, we’ll see if it doesn’t – probably, most definitely. A lot of the songs are about, you know, love and the different feelings you have at different times in your relationships. So just thoughts about relationships and love and the sounds we hear in our brains as we go through this.

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