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Raleigh’s Smoke From All The Friction talk Carolina music scene, prepare for touring

Nü Sound was lucky enough to get the chance to chat with Cam Gillette, producer, lead singer, guitarist of Raleigh band Smoke From All The Friction.  See live performances here and YouTube.

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1. Lets talk about the name Smoke From All The Friction briefly. How did that come to fruition?

The word that has epitomized this project so far is tension, where two different forces pull to create an effect that would be unattainable otherwise. SFATF represents the tension between two forces that births something beautiful through its interaction.

2. How did you guys come together and how have you grown as a band over the years?

Actually, Nicole (singer) and Nick (drums) are fairly new additions to the band! We are very excited to be working and growing together.Â

3. Who were some influences growing up and what are some of your favorite albums currently.

Growing up I mostly just listened to 70’s beach music that my parents liked. As teenager I got into pop punk, then towards progressive metal like Tool and gradually into some electronic style stuff like Nine Inch Nails and Nero. The current album I’m listening to the most is undoubtedly our new one ‘Transience.’ I’m finishing up production on it currently in prep for our release show at Imurj on May 11. Otherwise, I’ve been listening to a local artist named Disqo Volante’s new album Yellow Ferver.

4. Talk about the music scene in Raleigh briefly and how it compares to Charlotte.

Raleigh is in the early stages of potentially becoming an interesting music beacon on the east coast, but that’s a few years off. I’m really liking where a few of the venues are trying to evolve and try new things like Imurj – they have open jam nights and really try to incentivize an art community. Because of this Raleigh is bit more open to some experimentation as there is less established musical culture. We definitely have a lot of indie stuff in the last years. Charlotte is definitely less indie and generally more of a stop for bigger bands.

5. What are some of your favorite venues to play at?

We absolutely love playing at Imurj in Raleigh! The venue is cozy but large enough for a crowd, and the staff is fantastic. We’re celebrating our first album’s release there on May 11 with a huge party, free food for all, and over 50 giveaways.

6. What have been some of your favorite show moments?

This is a little thing, but I remember distinctively at one of our first shows, we were playing our single at the time ‘Cross and Tattoo’ and several people in the audience were singing it. It was a really cool moment. It’s available on Spotify, iTunes, Amazon Music, and ReverbNation.Â

9. What are your plans for the rest of 2018? New music or videos? tour?

Stay tuned for a tour later this year! Follow us on Instagram and Facebook to keep up with our plans: @smokefromallthefriction

Main photo by Third Degree Photography

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Brian Cetina

I am a graphic designer at MadPark Designs and co-founder of Nü Sound. I like to make cool stuff and be involved in music anyway I can. Tattoos are cool and I like typography.

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