On March 22, Canberra’s raucous Super Best Friends, release their brand new EP, Handshake. After playing Canberra’s You Are Here Festival on March 17, the band will hit the road for the official Handshake Tour through March, April and May. The 10 show-run takes Super Best Friends around the country with shows through ACT, Queensland, NSW, Victoria and South Australia.
Super Best Friends started making headway after the release of their 2009 EP Ready Aim Fire!, The release scored consistent airplay on triple j’s SHORT.FAST.LOUD, a spot on the American Punk Kills compilation, college radio play in the USA and community radio play around Australia. The title track won the University of Canberra’s Catapult Comp to play at Stonefest 09, putting Super Best Friends on the same bill as The Living End, Children Collide, Art Vs Science, British India, Urthboy and Birds of Tokyo. The Ready Aim Fire! film clip aired on ABC TV’s Rage in early 2010, catching the eye of some in the music industry and by the end of that year, Super Best Friends had picked up supports in Canberra and regional NSW with local heavy-weights Children Collide and Violent Soho.
In 2011, Ready Aim Fire! picked-up a belated 4/5 star review in punk rag Blunt Magazine, and earned Super Best Friends the label “outraged party rock [with] maximum headbangability”. With the launch of triple j unearthed digital radio, Ready Aim Fire! found itself on the airwaves again, and the trio added shows with The Beards, Gay Paris, Young Revelry and 90’s heroes Regurgitator to their support credits.
Over beers in an old room at the Area Hotel Griffith (NSW), Super Best Friends talked to Children Collide road manager and producer Paul “Woody” Annison from Crucial Music about making their next record with him, and in April 2011, Woody began recording the Handshake Ep at his Red Door Sounds studios in Melbourne.
Fans received their first taste of the Handshake EP with the release of the single, Karma Karma, which debuted on triple j mornings in November 2011. The track was accompanied by a DIY video – cast after a call-out on the Super Best Friends’ Facebook page – and the ‘Karma Karma’ tour which saw the trio take their show up and down the east coast of Australia throughout November and December. The track has received consistent spins on triple j and community radio around the country, with triple j’s Dan Buhagiar calling it, “A great indie punk song laced with synths n shouts.”
The latest track from the Handshake EP No Logo Is A Joke is at radio now, and is also available to download for free from the Super Best Friends’ Bandcamp and triple j unearthed pages.
Super Best Friends are:
Johnny Barrington – vocals/guitar/keys
Matt Roberts – bass/vocals
Adam Bridges – drums/vocals
New track No Logo Is A Joke on radio now.
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Handshake EP Tour Dates
Thursday 22/3/2012 – The Loft, Gold Coast QLD
Friday 23/3/2012 – X&Y Bar, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane QLD
Saturday 24/3/2012 – The Spotted Cow, Toowoomba QLD
Friday 30/3/2012 – FBi Social, Kings X Hotel, Sydney NSW
Friday 13/4/2012 – The Brunswick Hotel, Melbourne VIC
Saturday 14/4/2012 – The Pony, Melbourne VIC
Thursday 26/4/2012 – Transit Bar, Canberra ACT
Thursday 3/5/2012 – The Squatters Arms, Thebarton, Adelaide SA
Friday 4/5/2012 – The Worldsend, Adelaide SA
Saturday 5/5/2012 – The Jetty Bar, Glenelg, Adelaide SA