February 28, 2019, 8:00 pm at Space Ballroom, 295 Treadwell St., Hamden, CT 06514
Price: $10.00 - $12.00
Weakened Friends Website Facebook Twitter Instagram 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 pressureoutlet 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." CommonBlah will be out on CD, LP, and digital download via Don Giovanni Records on October 19th.. Well Wisher Website Facebook Twitter InstagramBandcamp 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 scene.
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 New Found Glory, The Movielife, Blis, Thin Lips, Kississippi, and many more, and plan to continue touring extensively throughout the remainder of this year and into the next. Two Headed Girl Website Facebook Twitter Instagram Hartford based Two Headed Girl is the indie rock project of identical twin sisters Celeste Padua and Angelica Padua, having released their debut EP on July 31st, 2018. Produced by frequent collaborator and drummer, Cam Pulaski (Ice Cream Orphan). Together they combine elements of Midwestern Emo, Indie Punk, and Math Rock to create a unique guitar-driven sound that is filled with energy and emotion.
"With Sadness" is pure queer emotive indie rock full of confidence and lovelorn moments. "This project swallows you whole with the intense choruses and surreal riffs. " - Deil Magazine