Melbourne duo friendships—Nic Brown and Misha Grace—are like the Justice League’s Wonder Twins. Brown draws from jungle, tribal rhythms and electronica on his percussive beats while visual artist Grace projects dark, brooding imagery. When they activate these powers during a live performance they form one loud and sweaty party.
Misha’s new video taken from their double-sided single "P2M//DSK" is an all-out sensory assault that includes trippy visuals, the moves of dancer Jessie Tokumbo Oshodi, and disturbing snakes and politicians. Cop it below and if you are in New York this weekend catch the duo playing some CMJ shows.
NOISEY: There’s a lot going on in the video. What was the inspiration?
Misha Grace: The pit stains, the dregs, the beauty and the beasts. Everything and nothing. I copped a reality check last time friendships were in the US. It's easy to forget about the world beyond the schmooze and booze of our networking obsessed lives.
Did you do the painting that’s floating through the 1:45 mark?
Yeah, I did them all. I am a painter before video maker but I love them both equally now.
You have worked with dancer Jessie Tokumbo Oshodi before. Did you have her in mind when you started the video?
Yes. The concept changed about 100 times, but she was always in mind. Jessie has a certain quality that makes editing her such a joy. It's like umm, a balance of power and fluidity. I feel like she's moving to what I'm thinking.
I like the end where Malcolm Turnbull replaces the image of Abbot. What's your take on the recent Australian leadership spill?
That image sums them silly boys up. ;)
Catch friendships at these upcoming shows:
Oct 16 – New York City at the Flat
Oct 17 – New York City at the Delancey
Listen to friendships' mix they made for THUMP.