Friction Farm is not your typical acoustic act. The group began as a four piece electric rock band, a fact that is evident when you hear and see the dynamic duo that is Friction Farm. They step on the stage and lull you into happy complacency with jangly rhythmic guitar, then hit you with intense lyrics and electrifying energy.
So how does a successful rock band that has sold thousands of CDs, played all over Florida, and opened for major acts, make the decision to become an acoustic duo? They got a little push.. First, Richard from the Coffee Gal1ery, saw the duo perform at a songwriter event. He asked the to play at his venue. "We´re a rock band" they protest, but reluctantly play the show. The audience response was good and Friction Farm started playing at CG once a month. (So Richard gets all the credit or blame.) Then Friction Farm, still primarily an electric rock band, opened for former Doors guitarist Robbie Kreiger. It´s was a good show and the band was well liked. Kreiger´s manager told Christine that the songs were strong and deserved to be heard more clearly. He advised them to play acoustic shows. It´s a message they begin to hear more and more. Finally a large radio station asks the band to play a large show in downtown Orlando, but due to space and time constraints they´d like an acoustic performance. Although they´ve gotten comfortable at the coffeehouse, Aidan and Christine wonder if they can pull off the acoustic thing at a big outdoor radio station event. They do. Seven thousand screaming, applauding, cd buying, music fans give them the final push. And that´s how Friction Farm became an acoustic duo.
In recent months Friction Farm has been added to several radio stations including a spot on the playlist of the widely syndicated "Women in Music" program. They have been selected to perform at showcase events, and their songs have been chosen to appear on compilation discs. All the while, the duo has done what they do best, steadily expanded their fan base by performing endlessly in south Florida.
Quinn and Stay chose the name Friction Farm as it describes their relationship with music, the world, and each other. They´ve each got their own internal friction; Aidan´s guitar heroes are country gentleman Chet Atkins and Aerosmith shredder Joe Perry; Christine is a former engineer who yearned for creativity. Their songs have some friction; since they are from Berkeley and Woodstock you might expect songs about personal freedom or social equality but it is a surprise that they layer such weighty themes over catchy melodies and upbeat guitar rhythms. Straddling a number of genres, Friction Farm is a little difficult to define; acoustic-rock, folk-rock alterna-pop. Friction. Their fans chose the songs on their latest CD selecting both delicate ballads and real rockers. More friction. But this band knows how friction works...let the grit agitate their creativity and grow into pearls.
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