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Friendly Fires rekindle after eight-year gap

Friends reignited: Friendly Fires’ new album Inflorescent is out next month

FRIENDLY FIRES say their eight-year hiatus has been like ‘a tough break-up’ — and they thought about calling it quits before finding more fire in their bellies.

The Jump In The Pool singers teased fans with new tracks from comeback record Inflorescent at the Citadel Festival, in west London, last night, after telling Guilty Pleasures how meditation helped as they prepared their comeback.

Singer Ed Macfarlane, said of the gap between 2011’s Pala: ‘It was almost like going through a tough break-up where you had such incredible shared experiences and it worked so well on so many levels.

‘I think we totally thought about it (calling it a day).

‘It was a mixture of being hopeful and realistic.

‘I think it is quite unhealthy to hold on to the fantasy of something when you have no total control over that yourself. I think you have to get on with your own life. After touring our first two records we were just a bit burnt out,’ he said.

‘Any effort we made to get back and rekindle felt a bit forced.

‘We just didn’t want to put something out because it was expected of us. I think if we had we probably wouldn’t be doing a summer of festivals in 2019.’

But realising there is more to give, he said the band ‘just enjoyed being hungry’ and were now ‘ready to come back and do this all over again properly’.

They’ve been getting gig fit at Glastonbury where some spiritual healing was found.

‘Glastonbury was insane,’ said 35-year-old Macfarlane.

‘We were playing on a Sunday so we had to keep a lid on it. We arrived on Thursday to absorb everything. We have a duty to our fans and to ourselves, so Saturday was just spent meditating in a tent.

‘I found some friends up in the healing fields, so I gave reiki a good going over.’