Frenship have some solid momentum working in their favor, as the band recently began their current tour run with a performance at the BMI Stage at Lollapalooza. The indie pop duo are touring in support of their latest EP, “Truce” and will be on the road through October, including select dates supporting Bastille. We caught up with Brett Hite and James Sunderland in Chicago, and talked about the EP, and things to come. Check it out:
B&E: Introduce yourselves! Who are you?
BH, JS: We are a band called FRENSHIP made up of Brett Hite and James Sunderland. We met working at a yoga apparel store and now we make music together and rarely do yoga!
B&E: For those that haven’t heard Frenship before, how would you describe your sound?
JS: It’s pretty eclectic I think. Most of our songs are a hybrid of electronic and organic sounds. We pull from 80’s bands, some hip hop, some soundscape stuff, some pop, all genres really.
B&E: It sounds like there’s a lot of different influences coming together on your EP, “Truce”. Who/What was the biggest influence on the project?
BH: Man, you certainly are correct that there were a lot of influences. There was a lot of time in between each song so it’s tough to pin down one thing that really was THE biggest influence, but certainly relationships and the growth that occurs within them probably were the main concepts that drove us throughout the process of making that EP.
B&E: Your appearance at Lollapalooza is the start of a tour until October. What are you looking forward to on this tour?
JS: We just wrapped Lolla, which was amazing. That was one of the shows I was looking forward to the most and it was one of our best shows to date. I’m excited to get back with our buddies from Bastille for a few shows as well.
B&E: Were you looking forward to catching any of the other acts at the festival? If so, who?
BH: Absolutely, we are fans of a lot of the acts, some of them played during our set, unfortunately, but to name a few: Foster The People, Ryan Adams, The Killers, and Alt-J.
B&E: Finally, since you’re about to start a tour, what’s one non-essential thing you have to have with you on every tour?
JS: Noise cancelling headphones. When you put them on it’s like a mini-vacation.