Release Date: Dec 7, 2018
Record label: Fire Records
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock, Neo-Psychedelia
In 1987, Nick Saloman released his first homemade recordings as the Bevis Frond, Inner Marshland and Miasma, a pair of albums that made him sound like the most exciting new British artist of 1968. Time moves inexorably onward for the rest of us, but Saloman is still deep in the throes of vintage psychedelia, and 2018's We're Your Friends, Man makes it clear he has no intention of being dragged into the 21st century any time soon. If you've been following the Bevis Frond over the past three decades, We're Your Friends, Man will hold few surprises for you.
"Lead On" is one of the best tracks among a bunch of very good ones on We're Your Friends, Man, the new LP by the Bevis Frond. The song has a big, slightly angular melody that lifts off into the skies, capturing and then releasing the song's wide open, widely smiling vibe. It feels remarkably buoyant, like a young man's tune. But Nick Saloman — the multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter who was the entirety of the Bevis Frond through a good deal of the band's long career — is well into his seventh decade of life.