U.K. experimental trio Fridge will break a six-year hiatus from the studio with a new album, "The Sun," due June 26 via Temporary Residence Ltd.
U.K. experimental trio Fridge will break a six-year hiatus from the studio with a new album, "The Sun," due June 26 via Temporary Residence Ltd. In the time since 2001's "Happiness," group members Kieran Hebden (aka Four Tet) and Adem Ilhan have made names for themselves outside the context of Fridge, but returning to their roots was never far from their minds.
"We would talk about it all the time," Hebden tells Billboard.com of the group, which also features Sam Jeffers. "We've been friends since we were 13. Around Christmas or holidays when we'd all be off, we'd try to work on ideas and do bits of recording. Last year we had some time in the summer where we were finally able to go into the studio for a few weeks."
Guided by a desire to soak up "the pure enjoyment of the three of us being able to make music together," Fridge assembled new material by jamming in a rehearsal room and fleshing out the best bits with overdubs. "We love to use studio technology as an instrument, to take it beyond being a band recording," Hebden says.
Indeed, the simple, repetitive melodies of tracks like "Clocks" and "Oram" are enriched by all the music Fridge's members have soaked up since they last hit the studio. "People hearing Fridge seven or eight years ago, maybe it wasn't so clear the influence of things like hip-hop and dance music on us," Hebden says. "Now people know I've made a load of music heavily influenced by that stuff. It's hard not to listen and start to really notice the parallels."
If time permits, Hebden is hoping Fridge can play some shows this summer. The group performed for the first time in years last fall during Temporary Residence's 10th anniversary party in New York. "In the U.K., we toured a lot," he says. "We were 16 when the band got going, and we just couldn't even really cope with the idea of trying to push the band on a worldwide scale. We did one headline tour in America, but we never got as far as regularly touring each record."