Q+A with NONEWFRIENDS

Here at Troika, we love a good ending. I mean...we feed off the nostalgia of everything. How can you get nostalgic for something without saying goodbye to it first?


Speaking of goodbyes, NONEWFRIENDS is saying it loud and proud with their newest single "Already Gone". For a song with a somber subject, it is one we vibe with so well. Taking influences from a multitude of genres, including pop, soul, and rock, this song reflects the direction in which feel-good style pop music seems to be heading and we are absolutely here for it. This track stands out by dipping into an ambient aesthetic with classic jazz roots, and lyrics that are juxtaposed, but somehow fit so well. It is memorable, without being "in your face" with its message.


The ability to take a negative relationship and turn it into art that calms the listener, rather than feeding off of those extreme feelings, is not something all artists are capable of. This band has managed to give a lightweight feeling to a heavy topic. While listening, you can't help but transport yourself into a world where you are...excuse the cheesiness of this...simply okay. For this, NONEWFRIENDS is definitely an artist to watch in the world of indie.


Amidst the excitement of their new track, we asked NONEWFRIENDS a few questions about the process of creating it and their plans for the future. Learn more about this up-and-coming artist below!


From where did you draw inspiration when writing “Already Gone”?


The song when it was first being written was more about the end of a specific relationship, but as we’ve been developing it it has kind of turned into a more chill “fuck you” type song. The song I think now is trying to capture that vibe of moving on from being in a relationship, and feeling like you’re better off now for it.


Do you have big plans for 2020?


We’re planning on releasing our first EP this year!! This has been a project we’ve been working on for a while now, and we cannot wait for people to really hear our sound. We also plan on playing more shows across the east coast and expanding past Syracuse. We will be playing a show at the Knitting Factory in Brooklyn this May.


If you had to make a highlight reel of some of your favorite moments as a band, what would be on it?


I think we could all agree that filming the music video was definitely a highlight, having all of our friends as well as each other all featured was an awesome experience. In addition to that, I would say some of the greatest times have been playing those packed basement house shows, just feeling the energy throughout the space is something that will definitely stick with us for sure.


What do you love most about making music and being a part of your local music scene?


It’s really humbling and exciting to be working with such talented and creative people, so the best times making music have been when we all kind of bring our skills to a song and gradually see it elevate to something we never expected. We definitely would not be where we are if it weren't for everyone in the group and their own skill sets. There is nothing that compares to the energy and excitement of the local house shows we’ve played. It is such a welcoming environment to put yourself out there, and share what we’ve been working on which is what makes it so special.


If your band had a theme song (not one of your own) what would it be?


American Boy by Kanye Estelle!



Article by Caroline Moll

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