New Fries - Is The Idea Of Us
New Fries has never been interested in being a band.
They abandon ideas of what songs should be, how they should be performed, and by whom. New Fries have never been interested in the tradition of songwriting—though they're interested in musical elements like repetition, space, and dynamics. They want their music to make people dance but have also wanted to produce the feeling of that being taken away from a room.
Much of this record sounds and reflects on this in-between. It’s anxious in its repetitions and unsure of genre. It rejects a singular character or emotion and attempts to instead act as a container for many.
Much of this collage was testament to the work of engineer/musician Carl Didur. Carl (Zacht Automaat, formerly US Girls) is a long-standing pillar of Toronto’s experimental music community. He is also a tape expert, which these songs needed as they are mostly bare grooves. The result was less that of hiring an engineer than it was working with a collaborator. His musical ideas are all over this record.
Is the Idea of Us is the situation of musicians/non-musicians making music together. But with this title they name this absurd gesture, through their changing relationship to making music both as a unit and as individuals.
There are enough bands out there; New Fries insist on doing it differently.