Chicago-band Friko — made of Niko Kapetan (vocals/guitar) and Bailey Minzenberger (drummer) — are ATO Records’ newest signees. Friko has become a permanent fixture on the Chicago music scene over the last several months. After selling out a hometown show at the Metro, the band played across North America and made their festival debut at Bonnaroo, bringing their dynamic live show to a national audience. One of the highlights of their live performances is Crimson To Chrome, re-released on ATO today. Crimson to Chrome perfectly encapsulates how Friko’s music “toggle[s] between loud and quiet, thoughtful and self-deprecating, while never expressing anything less than the unbridled joy of noise” (Consequence). The song reigned at #1 on the Sirius XMU chart for three weeks, and garnered praise from the likes of Pitchfork, FLOOD, Brooklyn Vegan and beyond. A new 7-inch vinyl release of Crimson to Chrome, limited to only 500 copies worldwide, is available now to pre-order via Bandcamp.
Friko is currently finishing their highly-anticipated debut album which will be released in early 2024.
“We are so excited to join ATO Records and work with a group of people as passionate about Friko as we are,” says the band. “We can’t wait for everyone to hear what we’ve been working on.”