Thursday May 30th 2019


A band with vivid aspirations to make wide angle pop songs, shaped by diverse inspirations, a touch of innocence, a smidgen of all things “cool” with eighties pop, and an experimental streak that adds boldly to the stew of their songwriting creations.
Frenship- a band formed by the duo of James Sutherland and Brett Hite, who released their first track “KIds” back in 2013, and in 2015 released “Knives” featuring Norwegian producer Matoma.
Then 2016 comes along, and they release their breakout hit “Capsize”, which proved to be a game changing moment which catapulted Frenship to ever greater heights.
The track has notched over 600 million streams as of this date, garnered multiple gold and platinum certifications from around the world, and saw the band picked as Spotify’s #2 Breakout Artist in 2016, and one of Shazam’s 2017 emerging artists.
With press support from Billboard, USA Today, NYLON, FLOOD, and much more, all of this success is spurring a whirlwind of tour dates across the U.S. and Europe, including festival plays with Lollapalooza, Outside Lands and Life is Beautiful as well as support slots with Bastille, and a special performance playing their song “1000 Nights” on Jimmy Kimmel Live.
Touring with Bastille also marked an important evolution in Frenship’s perspective, playing to ever bigger venues where crowds were showing their support all the way to the back rows, and proving to be pivotal to the band, showing and affirming who they were writing music for, and also what to strive for in the future.
The band Frenship marches on, and hits the intimate studio of JBTV Music Television for a special live taping on a Thursday afternoon in Chicago.
Frenship is celebrating the release of its debut studio album “Vacation”, and playing some songs from this release before an intimate audience at JBTV.
They definitely have their ear to the ground, recognizing a select few singer songwriters and bands that they totally dig, with a playlist that appeared in USA Today back on May 24th.
Artists such as Chelsea Cutler, M0, The Japanese House, Maggie Rogers, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Bruce Springsteen, Big Red Machine and AlunaGeorge were mentioned, showing once again the keen ear that James and Brett have, selecting songs for their playlist that are eclectic and cool.
Have to say the performance with Frenship at JBTV was extra special, and the guys were a blast to hang around with on a Thursday afternoon in Chicago.
Cheers-  Bobby Talamine – Music Photographer

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