Black Cat to Host Spacey Pop-Rock Act ‘Idiot Glee’ March 24 with ‘Murals’ and ‘Naked Gods’

Published Monday, March 21, 2016 at 2:54 pm

By Bailey Faulkner

Need your fill of spacey pop-rock? Don’t miss out on Idiot Glee, James Friley’s “echo-laden, keyboard-driven alter ego,” at Black Cat on Thursday, March 24.

Frontman Friley will be joined by his backing band (Case Mahan, Jamie Adkins and Josh Blaine) and opening acts Murals and Boone’s own Naked Gods.

Friley formed Idiot Glee — not to be confused with the television show, which apparently has led unknowing Glee fans to Friley’s social media pages — back in 2008 when he left his days of low-fi punk for a “life of loops and samples.”

Idiot Glee/

Idiot Glee/

Mixing sounds reminiscent of styles ranging from space rock to the Beach Boy’s Smile sessions, the Lexington, Kentucky-based “indie-pop crooner” uses his classical piano training and love of atmospheric pop-rock to create a sound that is distinctly Idiot Glee.

“I’ve been playing classical piano since I was 7 years old, so music has always been a part of my life. I was even writing little songs on piano as a kid,” Friley said.

After beginning the project in 2008, Friley continued playing around Lexington as a one-piece act, using loop pedals and other equipment to achieve the sounds found on his first studio recordings. In 2010, he released his debut single, “All Packed Up,” a laid-back groove with thick, echoey vocal harmonies.

In 2011, Friley released his first full-length studio effort, Paddywhacking. The LP is probably best described as “moody, atmospheric and tinged with the hymnal colors of a strict Mormon upbringing.”

After a two-year spell of nationwide touring, Friley released two more studio recordings, the Life Without Jazz EP and the entirely instrumental, “classically-minded” full-length album, The Prairie, in 2013.

Since then, Friley has released two more full-length albums — 2014’s more pop-centric Four and his latest effort, Idiot Glee’s self-titled LP, that came out in January.

Over the years, Friley has recorded with numerous record labels, including his own Hop Hop Records.

Friley gathered a full band for recording and touring in support of his latest album. Now, his bigger sound has opened up new and interesting opportunities for the pop-rocker.

“I think for the audience, seeing a live rhythm section feels better. It’s more entertaining to watch, too. So that’s where I’m at right now,” Friley said. “It’s more fun for me to play with others too.”

You can stream Idiot Glee’s music for free by clicking here. The pop-rocker’s music is also available for purchase on iTunes. You can also check out Idiot Glee’s Facebook page to stay up to date on upcoming shows and new releases. If you want to learn more about opening acts Murals and Naked Gods, you can check out their Bandcamp pages. Both bands are sure to be awesome openers.

Don’t miss out on a great night of music at Black Cat on March 24!

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