Friendly Fires: Let’s be nice

Jack Savidge, Ed Macfarlane and Edd Gibson are Friendly Fires.

It’s tempting to dance at a Friendly Fires show. The English dance-punk trio makes the beat the central element of every irresistible pop hook they write. That of course, translates to a sweaty performance.

“It’s a huge thing, physically, for me and for all of us,” says drummer Jack Savidge of the live show. “There’s always a big sense of achievement by the end.”

The band has just dropped their sophomore album, “Pala” to follow up their self-titled debut, which earned a Mercury Prize nomination in 2009. Their new material is as catchy as ever, with the sort of celebratory air, such as in their single, “Hawaiian Air,” that builds on the exuberance of the debut.  

“I think we learned a lot of lessons from making the music that came out on the first album,”?Savidge says. “On this album we just wanted to elaborate on some of the things that we’d done on the first record a bit, rather than totally wipe the slate clean and try to make something totally new.”

Savidge sweetly admits that the feel-good fun of their music is something that they’ve decided should be their calling card.

“I think we decided fairly early on that we wanted to be a dance sort of band. That was really important to us,” he says. “With a lot of good bands there’s a sort of overall theme to their music and I think that’s kind of true with us.”

Friendly Fires with Wise Blood

Friday, 9 p.m.
The Paradise
969 Comm. Ave., Boston
$15, 800-745-3000


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