British singer/songwriter RHODES releases a live version of his emotional song ‘Friends Like These’ (listen here) recorded at The Pool Studios in London. The stunning live track, recorded alongside producer James Kenosha, is the first release from a special four-track EP recorded live from The Pool Studios (available 12th May). ‘Friends Like These’ is the title track of his most recent album released in January (listen here).
Speaking on the track, RHODES says: “This is a song about fearless friendship, nostalgia, and unity. I wanted to write a song reminiscing those endless nights you’d have as kids and how those memories and sometimes, if you’re lucky, the people stick with you for life. I was out in Woodstock, NY when my friend Joey called me up from London.
He was completely drunk and we had this nonsensical conversation. I was half-jokingly thinking about that old phase ‘with friends like these, who needs enemies,’ but I wanted to flip it into a positive because I fucking love Joey and his unique ways and quirks that make him who he is. Then I started thinking about how much I could have been there with him, with my arm around his shoulder and laughing together.”
This release comes after a successful headline tour across the UK and Europe, including an incredible sold-out show at EartH in Hackney, following the arrival of RHODES’ sophomore album Friends Like These. Recorded during lockdown alongside producers Rich Cooper and Ash Workman (Christine and the Queens, Metronomy), the album is RHODES’ first since acclaimed 2015 debut Wishes, which included single ‘Let It All Go’, a duet with Birdy which has amassed over 206 million Spotify streams.
After signing a deal with Nettwerk and Tap Management (Dermot Kennedy, Lana Del Rey, London Grammar) last year, RHODES’ return has seen him revived and ready to share tales of love, loss, friendship, and hope.