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Brand New Friend

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Within only a few years of receiving his first guitar from his parents for good exam results, Taylor Johnson had gone from playing the local pub in his native sleepy village of Castlerock on Northern Ireland's north coast, to securing a record deal and playing festival stages across Ireland and the UK.
Alongside classically trained singer and pianist Lauren (Johnson, synth/vocals) they formed Brand New Friend as a duo, their honest indie-pop quickly gathering a following across the country as they went. It was during this formative period they met Aaron Milligan (bass) and Luke Harris (drums), then playing as a two piece in their own band. After sharing the stage at a local gig, it seemed inevitable the four would unite, completing Brand New Friend's line-up almost by accident.
Since then, it’s been a giddy sprint without a step wrong or a look back. They captured the hearts of audiences on their first Irish tour in January 2017, fired up the BBC Introducing Stage in Hull (during its City of Culture year), played festivals including at (and while living up to the name of) Whelan’s ‘Ones To Watch’, and sold out Belfast shows, all the while getting consistent love from BBC Radio Ulster’s Across the Line show.
In 2018 they release their debut, full length album.

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