Brand New Friend
Castlerock, County Derry
"brand new friend are probably one of the most uplifting prospects on the Belfast scene, they've got hints of American bands like The Front Bottoms and Modern Baseball and they are rather great"
~ Stuart Bailie, on The Huw Stephen's Show, BBC Radio 1
"They've stepped up to the plate in magnificent style, they sound ready for the world. Big, big things expected now, it seems almost inevitable"
~BBC Introducing, Northern Ireland on 'Your Friends Hate Me'
Lead by brother/sister vocalists Lauren and Taylor Johnson, 'brand new friend' are an indie pop band from Northern Ireland. To date they have had their music featured on a host of local and national radio stations, from BBC Radio 1 to The Tom Robinson Show on BBC 6 Music.
In September they played a sold out headline show in Lavery's, Belfast for cultural website/magazine The Thin Air, followed by a slot at Whelan's 'Ones To Watch' Festival 2017 in Dublin. They embarked on their first Irish tour in January 2017, playing to large crowds in Dublin, Galway, Belfast and Derry/Londonderry.
In May 2017 they played the Introducing Stage at BBC Radio 1's Big Weekend in Hull and another sold out headline show in Katy's, Limelight.
Inspired by lofi legends such as The Mountain Goats and Neutral Milk Hotel, Brand New Friend's infectious, yet melancholic pop songs have captured a cult audience in a very short space of time and show no signs of slowing down.