Donnie Borzestowski’s New Side Project, Special Friends, Releases “Big Sur” Single

No one’s gonna accuse Gang of Youths’ drummer Donnie Borzestowski of slowing down.

While his main gig with GOY is on what appears to be a pandemic-induced slowdown (hiatus?), Donnie has just released a new song called “Big Sur” with his latest side project called Special Friends. If you follow Donnie or some of the band’s associates on Instagram, you’ve been seeing some sneak peeks mentioning this new project.

The song premiered Tuesday night on Triple J and is now available on all the major digital music platforms. Here’s the official lyric video:

The song has a great, laid-back sound that kinda sounds like the California landmark that it’s named after.

Special Friends consists of Donnie and friends who are only listed by their first name in all the news I can find about them: Keith, Randal, David, Alan and Jerry. According to Triple J news, Special Friends is working on more songs and has plans for an EP release eventually.

The official announcement about Special Friends includes what has to be the most wholesome launch story in music history, which includes a mention of Donnie’s first kiss with his wife, Anna, and then transitions into the other guys in the new band. Here’s a screenshot from the Triple J article linked above.

This is the third side project Donnie’s been involved in just within the past year. In November, he released Blue Coloured Mountain, an EP featuring songs by his late brother Szymon. He also appeared last August on Jesse Madigan’s new album. Talk about keeping busy….