But where's the local DC Metro Area angle, Uncle Terrible? Goddamn, but you are some picky bastards. How about this twangy guitar version by Her Next Friend, a Virginia trio? Oh, and in case you were wondering, in British law "next friend" is the phrase used for a person who represents in an action another person who is under disability or unable to maintain a suit on their own behalf. It's that kind of fucked-uppedness that endears a band to my heart before i listen to the first note. Well done, kids.” - Uncle Terrible

Les Enfants Terribles

Seven Nation Army (cover)-Her Next Friend So the end of another What's Wrong With The Mainstream monthly playlist and what a corker to end it. I thought there was no way a band could do this song any justice but somehow Her Next Friend have managed to do that. I've been keeping my fingers crossed all month that the CD would arrive in time for me to share this track with you. Thanks to the nameless person (as in they didn't put their name on their emails) at Antipoison Records who got in touch and managed to get me this in time. Last month the cover got dropped from the playlist as I had too many tracks, well that certainly wouldn't have happened if this song had been available. Oh and wait there's more! Next month I will have something special for you from Her Next Friend to celebrate 3WTM's birthday. Until then check out their web site where you can listen to more of their tracks www.hernextfriend.com/music.html. Don't forget to check out the rest of this month's playlist if you've come from Hype Machine...” - John Lamb

What's Wrong With The Mainstream?

So I've been bad lately with the "We Got You Covered" segments. I try to do them every Saturday, but that hasn't exactly been happening. So, as a treat there's a whole lot of covers in this post of an amazing song: The White Stripes' "Seven Nation Army! There's no question about it, nothing can beat "The Original," but there are a lot of good covers out there, but here are a couple that I really like: Seven Nation Army" by Alice Russell (HIGHLY Recommended) Seven Nation Army" by Hard-Fi Seven Nation Army (live)" by The Flaming Lips Seven Nation Army" by Oak Ridge Boys Seven Nation Army" by Her Next Friend I also really love this cover that Kelly Clarkson did. Girl got soul!” - Morgan

Ruined By MTV

Her Next Friend, the Virginia power trio band best known for its dedicated stance against the number pi, has released its next EP - New #2. To the ear of this reviewer, the band is gressing. There are hints of early Who, some Lou Reed, and a bit of Nirvana lingering around on these tracks, but there is also something new emerging!?! Will it grow, or will it be aborted? What will it be when it matures? Why do they hate circles?” - Rusty

One Ear

‘New #2’ proves to be a mix of several genres Northern Virginia’s power trio known as Her Next Friend plays garage band punk with a rock n’ roll feel Despite slightly predictable melodies and familiar vocals, Her Next Friend succeeds in creating a quirky, offbeat album, New #2. Based in Northern Virginia, Her Next Friend describes itself as “Classic American Garage Alternative Rock” — naturally. Their second record includes six original songs and a cover of the White Stripes’ “Seven Nation Army,” all of which have an upbeat, almost punk-rock feel. The second track on the album, “Reeling For Me,” sounds vaguely like Neal, the rockstar character in “Uptown Girls” who sings “Egyptian Cotton.” In fact, the entire album reeks of past and present bands — and their lead singers. At times, you can hear the voice of Adam Duritz from the Counting Crows, and in “Mexican Poker,” the lead singer throws in an effected British accent. In addition to crafting their odd sound, the guys of the band — three full-time members, to be exact — don’t take themselves too seriously. Their Web site, for example, details the exact meaning of the band name. In case you’re curious, it is a British term used for a person who actively represents someone who is disabled or unable to represent himself (or herself) in a suit against him. The band continues with more definitions and eventually gets into introductions of each member. Actually, almost every member — Jon Burton, on guitar and vocals, “doesn’t want anyone to know anything else about him” except his influences, which includes William Shatner. Her Next Friend’s music is infectious, if not slightly erratic. The album’s twists and turns make the sound of each song different and entertaining. Although, if you don’t want to “play it loud,” as the message on the coverlet from Antipoison Records Co-founder Jon Paulette suggests, it makes a great CD for background music. Her Next Friend will be performing at Main Street Bar & Grill within the next few weeks, so keep your ears peeled.” - Caite White

The Breeze

Her Next Friend - New #2 EP (Antipoison) This one’s easy. A band from Virginia puts out an EP. I listen to it, decide early on that it falls securely in the “good-but-not-great” category, link to a few mp3s and let the reader decide for himself. But I also feel it necessary to mention, Her Next Friend draws from a lot of very different influences, which makes for an interesting listen. There’s some hard rock/alternative, a little punk, some Lou Reed/Tom Waits influenced talk-singing, and a bluesy, acoustic cover of the White Stripes’ “Seven Nation Army.” So, download a couple songs, see what you think, and check out Her Next Friend’s website for more info.” - Bryan Reed

The Daily Tar Heel

Coming at me from my backyard in Northern Virginia, Her Next Friend percolate indie rock with pop-punk noodlings and garage rock raunchiness. They cover the White Stripes’ “Seven Nation Army” and do it justice. There’s certainly elements of alternative rock that makes us all miss the ‘90’s and become all nostalgic and whatnot. Good tunes that would rock any small pub nicely. - J-Sin” - J-Sin

Smother Magazine

Her Next Friend - New #2 I don't really have much to say about this band, they don't suck exactly, but they're not that brilliant either: they're just a bit boring really. Think the mildy depressed Dandy Warhols. Sort of. They do have a very good acoustic folk version of 7 Nation Army, which is nice. His voice covers the whole vocal spectrum from an even more depressed Morrisey to a slightly happier Morrisey. That's pretty much it. 4/10” - Cobie

Repeat Fanzine

New #2" 2006 Antipoison Records Score: 4 (of 10) New #2 is latest release by the northern Virginia rock band Her Next Friend. The EP, which includes six original songs as well as a cover of The White Stripe’s “Seven Nation Army,” is the follow-up to their self-titled debut EP The music that Her Next Friend plays is a jangly-guitared alterna-garage rock. The songs are fairly well played, and “Reeling For Me” has a decent melody, but for the most part they are simple, a bit repetitive and not very interesting. The vocals are fairly poorly performed, with a flat, dull sound that tries a bit to be punk, but doesn’t quite make it. The lyrics are incredibly simple and not very well written, such as on “Hustling Guy,” which features lines like “Roomed alone with a window of hope/ His crib was dope/ Surrounded by spies” and “It was all she wrote/ And he shaved off his goat.” Overall: An EP that sounds like neighborhood bar band stuff.” - Graham Bailey

Puck Nation

New #2 Her Next Friend STANDOUT TRACK: No. 3, “Hustling Guy,” a song built around a single Piedmont blues guitar riff and the occasional rock bridge. Over this spare foundation, vocalist/guitarist John Burton describes a man on the make: “He lives on a yacht/Being someone he’s not/And cursing his lot/Roomed alone with a window of hope/His crib was dope.” MUSICAL MOTIVATION: Burton moved to Los Angeles in 1998 hoping to form a band and get a record deal, but the grind of making industry connections—and making rent—eventually crushed his dreams. After three years of the hustle, he called it quits, shipping two guitars and a banjo to his home in Fauquier County. Burton took breaks between packing boxes to scrawl sarcastic couplets in his notebook about the guys who do make it in the industry: the networkers, the smooth talkers. Though many people inspired the song, one former bandmate particularly fit the mold. “He was really talented, but music didn’t mean anything to him. It was just a disposable commodity,” says Burton, 37. “He did have a nice pad.” THE LAW WON Burton now works as a government tax attorney, a job that gives him plenty of time for music. “I learned I personally was better off doing something on my own terms than working for someone at a record company,” he says. However, the songwriter sometimes hides his white-collar status: “I’ve gotten in the habit of not mentioning that to other musicians and people that I talk about music with.” Burton’s hustling bandmate never made it in the industry, either. He now sells software to insurance companies, says Burton.” - Sadie Dingfelder

— Washington City Paper