Dan Friel (keyboards, electronics, guitar, voice) has been active since 2001 when he independently released Broken Man Going to Work
. In 2002, he founded Brooklyn-based noise-pop band Parts & Labor, with BJ Warshaw (of Shooting Spires), and later Joe Wong. Friel and Warshaw created Cardboard Records, home to Ecstatic Sunshine
, in 2005, and Frielís third solo LP, Ghost Town
(Important Records) was released in 2008.
Friel, erstwhile receptionist at satiric news portal, The Onion, has been involved in music with a DIY aesthetic for the best part of a decade. After early noise-grind band experiments using homemade electronics and horns, Friel pursued solo projects. He independently released a solo mini-album on CD, Broken Man Going to Work
, and began touring to promote it. Wanting a more dynamic live performance, Friel recruited bassist BJ Warshaw and drummer Jim Sykes to perform his music as Parts & Labor.
Over the years, Parts & Labor have released four LPs including a split with Tyondai Braxton (Battles), and a string of seven inches. The line-up evolved to include Christopher R. Weingarten, and, more recently, guitar player Sarah Lipstate (aka Novella). Meanwhile, Friel continued with his solo work: Night People released the cassette-only Obsoleter
in 2006 and Velocirecords put out his Sunburn
CD in 2004.
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