Weakened Friends

Weakened Friends

Well Wisher

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

$8.00 - $10.00

Weakened Friends
Weakened Friends
Common Blah is the debut full-length by Portland, Maine’s Weakened Friends. Founded by songwriter Sonia Sturino, bassist Annie Hoffman, and drummer Cam Jones in 2015, the trio is a low pressure outlet for emotionally volatile music. Engineered and produced by Hoffman and perfected over the last year, the record broadcasts heavy feelings amid screech and feedback with little more than a fuzz pedal to clog up the signal chain.

For Sturino, writing in Weakened Friends is more of a physical process than a mental one.
“I have to feel the vibration or sound coming out of my body. I need the physicality to do it, to enjoy singing it,” she says. “People probably hear the vocals and think, ‘she just puts on that weird voice,’ but it’s really just what comes out. It’s my body making that sound.”

Many of the songs reckon with deep mid-20s malaise — with the feeling of being young, stuck, and settling for less. “Sometimes, things look good on the outside, but they’re not working. That’s how it used to be for me. I’d hear, ‘You have a really cool job. You live in a cool city. Your band is cool.’ It was ‘Common Blah’ though because I was miserable. I didn’t care. Now, I’m at the other end of the spectrum. People do something that they think they’re supposed to do when it’s not what they should be doing and it doesn’t make them happy. In a lot of ways, this is the first time I’ve found happiness. I wrote the lyrics about the time before that happiness.”

On Common Blah, Weakened Friends use volume — instrumental and emotional — to reassert a sense of control in a time when daily life has slid out of tune. The album also features guest shredding by peer and kindred spirit J Mascis on the song “Hate Mail.” Common Blah will be out on CD, LP, and digital download via Don Giovanni Records on October 19th..
Well Wisher
Well Wisher
From the opening notes of Well Wisher's debut full length, This is Fine, it's clear the
band are not afraid to brandish mighty guitar riffage front and center. In fact, they tiptoe
perfectly between sounds that, on hasty assessment, could be classified singularly as
punk, alternative, or even pop rock; yet, they seem to draw only the best elements of
each, avoiding the less desirable pitfalls associated with these genres. The resulting
sound is ambitious and raw, dynamic and powerful.
Some of that power is owed to the deep current of lyrical content flowing just below
the surface of seemingly happy, hook-laden tunes. Singer/guitarist Natalie Newbold
mined her own past in a tumultuous, long-term relationship for the bulk of the
inspiration throughout This is Fine, resulting in a level of candor and self-reflection not
often embedded in such catchy rock songs. This potent recipe has earned Well Wisher
a reputation as one of the most-promising new bands to arise from the New Jersey DIY
Originally started as a solo project for Newbold, Well Wisher has taken shape as a full
band, touring frequently despite their relative newness. They have already shared the
stage with Manchester Orchestra, The Front Bottoms, New Found Glory, The Movielife,
Remo Drive, Thin Lips, Kississippi, and many more, and plan to continue touring
extensively throughout the remainder of this year and into the next.
This Is Fine’s poppy sound, deeply personal subject matter, and variety of composition
make for a phenomenal debut… Like summer, This Is Fine flies by, leaving pleasant
memories and a longing for a return of that sweet warmth. Let’s hope Well Wisher don’t
keep us waiting for long. - New Noise
Venue Information:
Local 506
506 W. Franklin St
Chapel Hill, NC, 27516