Love & Gasoline EP
Sometimes, all the pieces fall effortlessly into place. Friday Mile were born on one of those balmy summer nights in Seattle. The story begins, as it rightly should, at The Crocodile Cafe. Jace Krause ran into Hannah Williams, a mere acquaintance at the time. They ended up playing sweet music deep into the morning (hey, not like that... but, you know, in the literal sense). The duo immediately found musical harmony and had one of those 'Where have you been my whole life?' sort of moments. Just as quickly, a band suddenly formed, which included Jake Rohr (Jace's bass-playing roommate) and Chad Clibborn (a friend of a friend of a friend who needed a place to hang his snare). Krause and Williams created delicate Iron and Wine-esque harmonies while Rohr and Clibborn laid down sexy grooves. They were making modern-sounding pop tunes channeled through 70s AM radio speakers, with the right touch of bitterness and atmospheric delight, much like a good Wilco song. Like if the Magic Numbers took a chill pill. They've pleased crowds in Seattle at places like The Showbox, Chop Suey, Sunset Tavern, and the place where it all began -- The Crocodile. Tacoma loves them too... they make frequent appearances at Jazzbones. Seattle's KEXP and The Mountain (KMMT) have graced the airwaves with their melodies, local media outlets are showing love, and there's a burgeoning buzz on the web. Their new EP, Love and Gasoline, is a 24-minute striptease of what these guys can do. -M.P. Kingston, Feb. 1, 2007.