WhenSat. 6 May, 2023
Nigerian-born, then migrating bird between bits of Canada - from Montreal to Vancouver to Toronto – DEBBY FRIDAY’s roamings through space and time really began when the sun fell. The nightlife became her escape route from the toughness of home life, and she fell into it, body and soul, totally seduced.
After taking the decision to stop herself in her tracks, she pulverized new paths for herself forward. Many late-night YouTube tutorials on music production later, her EPs BITCHPUNK and BITCHPUNK were born and led to her very first public performances, and all that gave way to a second EP, DEATH DRIVE.Losing illusions, gaining expectations; getting deep into the private, soupy kaleidoscope of what’s possible and what’s futile — GOOD LUCK, her debut, and supernovic, full-length album, is built on welcoming the journey’s complicated drops and mountain highs with something more like grace. The album GOOD LUCK is being co-released with a short film of the same name, co-directed by FRIDAY and Nathan De Paz Habib (past work includes Eroica, based on Chino Amobi’s novel of the same name). It’s a story of individuation. It’s a love story about a woman and her masked lover, but outside of the accompanying-yet-stand-alone visual, it’s all a willing, yearning investigation into what goes on behind the veil of sadness, of cruelty.
Because knowing the darkness is the only way to understand the light, but also the greys and the blues and the in-between states. FRIDAY’s explorations in GOOD LUCK — delving down into the muck of nuance - are a kind of courage.