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Newcastle-based Irish punk-rockers Good Friend recently released The Erin Rose EP a beefy, anthemic offering three-track offering that is available via the bands Bandcamp page as a digital download or a 7” (with one side 45 RPM and the other side 33 RPM) from 14th February. 

The band, who have previously toured Europe and the USA tell us about the top five songs that help them, when on the road…

Best enjoyed with a bottle of whiskey and a bunch of punks crammed into a van.

MAKEWAR – OH BROTHER
My first tour with the band was a month long tour of USA with New York based band Makewar. About a month before the tour I was asked to do double duty for the whole tour. The. Whole. 30 Dates. 

It was the best month of my life. In 2019 Makewar signed to Fat Wreck and released the album Get It Together and Oh Brother has become a Good Friend regular listen. 

…And you need your mates with you on tour. Physically and spiritually.

PROPAGHANDI – BACK TO THE MOTOR LEAGUE
There’s a secret trick to making it to venues across countries on time (or fashionably late most of the time). Neck a large black coffee, slap on some Propaghandi and drive the van like it’s a stunt car from Mad Max and hope the thing doesn’t burst into flame.

NIRVANA – TERRITORIAL PISSINGS
What tour van, dressing room, after show party, Hamburg hostel, french art space/squat doesn’t blast Nirvana at full volume at 3AM to kick everyone in the dick? 

CYNDI LAUPER – GIRLS JUST WANNA HAVE FUN
This is the Good Friend ANTHEM! We play it at every show. It’s one of the greatest songs ever to be graced upon the human race.

If you don’t like this song then get tae fuck ya ballbag.

JULIEN BAKER – SOUR BREATH
Tour is the best time you will ever have but not all of it is 80’s parties and Drag bars. Theres the 10 hour drive from Gainesville Florida to New Orleans and not to mention the 14+ hour drive from Newcastle to Hamburg. This is where you plug your headphones in, read a graphic novel and catch up on sleep. Julien Baker’s music is all I listen to on those drives and it’s the perfect calm and deepness for when you mindlessly stare at the endless motorways. I have the lyrics to this song tattooed on my chest, and my favourite band the Devi wears Prada covered it, so i have very deep ties and an abundance of love for it.

GOOD FRIEND – ERIN ROSE DRINKS ON SHIFT
Sorry but here’s a 6th song and Good Friend would like to take this chance to apologise… to absolutely nobody. Good Friend do what the fuck they want! 

But in all seriousness we would love it if you checked it out. Available for digital download now. 7” Vinyl out on Feb 14th.

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