Sheffield garage act Best Friends have earned a reputation as a hard-working DIY outfit who share a bond that's as strong as their name suggests. Finally, the four-piece are set to release their debut record Hot. Reckless. Totally Insane. this week via FatCat.

I gave the band's bassist, Ed Crisp, a call one evening after we'd both got back home from our day jobs. When I asked him about his line of work, he gave an interesting reply.

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Where's work? How's it been?

I work in an ice cream van. It's cushty, but it's not good when it pisses it down all day like today. I got pretty wet because it's a leaky van, and I sold fuck all ice cream.

Hot. Reckless. Totally Insane. is out this Friday. Are you excited to release it? A lot of songs on there are quite old, right?

Some of the songs are pretty old now, yeah. 'Cold Shapes' was done just after our Throwing Up EP which was 2012. 'If You Think Too Much...' is about two years old as well. Then some of the tracks were wrote just before we recorded the album. The whole process has been really fucking long.

Were FatCat always lined up to release the record?

So we recorded the album and then we weren't sure what we were going to do with it. There was no one waiting for it, we just did it and didn't know where it was going to end up. Art Is Hard said they'd love to release it but they were hoping we'd do it with someone bigger. They're friends now and we've hung out for years, they just presumed we were going to do something more with it.

It got picked up by FatCat. We sent the album to them and Sam replied saying, "Weirdly enough, I was listening to Happy Anniversary today and wondering what you guys were up to." Some might call it fate, but that's how it panned out. They came down to The Great Escape last year and we've been talking about it ever since.

Lyrically, how do you think the album sounds? Do you think you've managed to capture a central message with the record being a product of three years work?

After university you get this sudden realisation that you have to work all the time and pay council tax for the rest of your life, so there's that. We've never tried to convey a huge message with our music. I don't know how people want to describe our music, but that's not really the point, I guess. It's different for everyone. I don't know if people can pick out the older songs or the newer ones because they sound different. We've always put a lot of effort into writing songs, that's where we've focused.

It was never written as a body of work. It's a compilation of our music. There isn't a theme or message. It's just songs we thought would work well on an album and songs that we've played live for ages but haven't had space for in the past.

Sheffield has, in my experience, got a pretty active DIY scene. Are you glad you started out at the top(ish) end of the country our do you feel like being further south may have been an advantage?

Industry-wise, it would probably have been better to be down south but we've never thought about it, really. We were very lucky when we starting out in Sheffield. We were part of a massive musical community. People were helping us out. There were DIY shows everywhere and people were happy to put on shit garage bands who needed the practice.

We met so many people who had spaces and their own studios who were willing to record us for free just because they liked us. They were just making music too, and doing it for the fun of it. We've never been industry focused, we just want to make music.

Tramlines has managed to ingrain itself in the local scene, too, don't you think? For the size it's become, it still feels like a part of the community.

Yeah, totally. I've been thinking about our set... it's going to be weird. The Devonshire Green stage is a local stage now they've moved the main stage. It will be interesting to see what happens. We're really looking forward to the show. We don't get to play on stages like that much. We normally play packed-out little sweat boxes. It's going to be weird being super far away from the crowd, but it will be good fun.

And you're on the road before that to tour the album?

Yeah. The tour starts on Monday [13th July] in Manchester. It's going to be our first proper UK headline tour. After that there are a few festival and we'll try and do some European dates. Then the world, I'm sure.

I'm assuming you'll be taking the ice cream van with you?

If I can, yeah. It would be a pretty sick tour van.


Hot. Reckless. Totally Insane. is out this week on FatCat.