Just Friends have released “JF Crew Vol 1”. The EP includes the previously released cover of “Dosed”, originally performed by Red Hot Chili Peppers, and a remix of their song “Fever ft. Nate Curry”. The band is now sharing the video for acoustic version of “I Wanna Love You” also found on the EP. Stream it HERE.
“The first time I sang ‘I Wanna Love You’ I didn’t have a clue about love” explains vocalist Brianda Goyos León. “Love was a mythical thing to me, like Star Wars and dragons. Back then, I was constantly dreaming about how love would change my life. I was obsessed. The more I chased, the slimmer I felt my chances of ever finding the connection my soul was looking for. I’ve changed a lot in the past few years. Now I understand a few facets of love. I learned how to cherish and accept the love that has always been around me – from my family, my friends, my community, and myself – and in return learned how to receive and recognize love’s sustenance when it’s sent my way. Turns out, all I had to do was open myself to what I could do for the relationships I already had. I learned about making a home here; nurturing my little patch of the world as opposed to looking for what I thought would validate me”.
At the core of Just Friends is the idea of community. Although many of the group’s members, including Kless, were in other local groups over the years, they began writing under their current moniker in 2013, originally reconvening during the summers when they’d come home from their respective colleges. In 2015, they released their debut collection, “Rock 2 the Rhythm”, followed by their sophomore effort, “Nothing But Love”, in 2018. Following the release, after of a slew of smash hit live performances supporting fellow Bay Area rockers Mom Jeans, the group signed to Pure Noise Records in early 2019.
Just Friends is made up of Sam Kless (vocals), Brianda Goyos León (vocals), Avi Dey (trumpet), Chris Palowitch (trombone, keys), Brandon Downum (guitar, vocals), Matt Yankovich (guitar), Kevin Prochnow (bass) and Ben Donlon (drums) and occasionally other musicians. Their musically diverse sound combines a unique range of punk, brass, hip hop, funk, and emo influences.
Prior to pandemic lockdown, the band was busy playing shows all over the country playing shows with The Wonder Years, The Story So Far, The Maine, Mayday Parade, Oso Oso, Prince Daddy & The Hyena and more. They also had one of the most fun and energetic sets at the 2019 Sad Summer Festival.
“JF Crew Vol. 1” Tracklisting
I Wanna Love You (Acoustic) Dosed (Red Hot Chili Peppers cover) Fever ft. Nate Curry Remix