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DEAD YOUNG FRIENDS
The brainchild of talented multi-instrumentalist/producer/engineer Jorge Strofer, DYF is rooted in classic rock structures yet heavily indebted to a variety of other influences; from The Cure to '90s shoegaze. A voracious music geek inspired to make music at a very young age--he traces the initial spark to listening to Fleetwood Mac's Rumors in 1994 at the ripe old age of 4--Strofer was born into a musical family from La Romana, Dominican Republic, where he was also raised. Already a known quantity in his hometown during his teenage years, in 2007 he started the band Sonics--its name betraying an affinity for Sonic Youth--releasing the EP Chaotic Situationand promoting it with a series of shows and festival appearances.
Leaving the Dominican for engineering school the following year, Strofer eventually ended up in Boston, where he started DYF in 2009 alongside his old Sonics bandmate Andres Pichardo. But the reunion would be short lived as Pichardo went on to form Grand Resort, thereby making Strofer DYF's sole leader.
In February of 2012 DYF's debut album Lizards was released digitally. A satisfying platter of aural delight--Strofer is a producer and engineer, after all--Lizards pulls off the nifty trick of sounding reverent but not reactionary, its songwriting steeped in influences ranging from Dylan to Joy Division; from Springsteen to Television, all while never sounding dated or trying to ride an ephemeral trend.
Now based in Brooklyn, Strofer's new DYF lineup will be out promoting the upcoming Everything You Want Destroys What Others Have album due out in the spring. First single "Going Away from Me" was released in early January 2013.