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PREMIERE: Friendship looks to the high road on the new song “Sal”

Friendship | photo by Abi Reimold | courtesy of the artist
Friendship | photo by Abi Reimold | courtesy of the artist

Philly collective Friendship continues to find new angles and approaches into the songwriting of band leader Dan Wriggins.

While their 2015 debut You’re Going To Have To Trust Me was built largely around minimal folk in the vein of Songs Ohia and David Bazan, the new song”Sal” — the latest from the band’s sophomore album Shock Out Of Season, out next month on Orindal Records — opens on trap beats and nervey, reverberating guitar.

Once things kicks into full swing and Wriggins’ familiar deadpan vocals enter, it’s clear this is still the Friendship we know — his words take on a sense of dejected anxiety, something he notes is both personal and cynical: “Sal, how are you doing? It’s easy to tell you’re doing right if it feels like losing.” Continue reading →

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Listen to Friendship’s steady-going, emotional new single “If You See My Beloved”

Friendship | photo by Abi Reimold | courtesy of the artist
Friendship | photo by Abi Reimold | courtesy of the artist

Philly indie folk outfit Friendship have just shared a new single in addition to announcing a release date for their sophomore album, Shock Out of Season, which will be out on November 3rd via Orindal Records.

“If You See My Beloved” is a five minute long track that edges along to a steady beat and a static electro atmosphere. The power of the song lies in the lyrics, however, with frontman Dan Wriggins’ conversational, stream-of-conscious words painting a picture of a deteriorating relationship through his realistic recount of a rainy day excursion. Continue reading →

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Friendship debut “Rich Man,” the first single from new F/V Hope EP

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Friendship | photo courtesy of the artist

Local outfit Friendship are out on the road right now for a pretty serious national tour, but when they return on May 27th it’s to release a new EP called F/V Hope via Sleeper Records. While in Galveston, TX (according to their tour flier) a few days ago the country-tinged folk rockers shared a lead single from the record called “Rich Man,” which you can listen to below.

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Folkadelphia Session: Friendship (ft. Abi Reimold)

Friendship (sans Reimold), courtesy of the artist.
Friendship (sans Reimold), courtesy of the artist.

Back during the first half of 2015, we only knew Friendship as a social concept that we were bad at participating in. We ended 2015 with a new favorite band. Thanks to a “mysterious EP” (as posted by The Key) and a Folkadelphia house concert with Maine’s Jacob Augustine, Friendship really held our attention as we greatly anticipated their eventual debut full length, You’re Going to Have to Trust Me. With its somber country sound somewhere between Jason Molina and Gram Parsons (as WXPN’s John Vettese nicely describes it), Friendship hits that sweet spot where our interests in existentialism and pedal steel guitar converge.
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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Friendship at All Night Diner, Jarekus Singleton at Sellersville Theater

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Friendship | photo by Abi Reimold | courtesy of the artist

Local favs Friendship play All Night Diner tonight in a rare six-piece set-up. The (mostly) Maine natives will be joined by their Ohio-based keyboardist and a recently added flautist, giving the already hauntingly structured songs that populate last year’s stand out You’re Going To Have To Trust Me LP even more nuanced depth. Revisit “Responsible” from the record below and get more information for the show here. The Dove & The Wolf, Field Sleeper and Curtis Cooper also play.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: World / Inferno Friendship Society at The Trocadero, Nothing at Union Transfer, Laura Gibson at Johnny Brenda’s

The World/Inferno Friendship Society | photo via www.blowthescene.com
The World/Inferno Friendship Society | photo via www.blowthescene.com

Punks meets cabaret tonight at The Trocadero as The World / Inferno Friendship Society takes the stage. The band’s sound is just as huge as its roster, having anywhere from 7 to 13 members playing horns, piano, bass, guitar, drums and more. Their songs are theatrical in nature and it’ll be a treat to see how the band brings them to life in person. For tickets and more info check out the XPN Concert Calendar and listen to the 2014 track “Dolce Far Niente” below. Continue reading →

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Watch Friendship perform “Fuzzy” live, see them at Everybody Hits

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Friendship | Photo by Abi Reimold | courtesy of the artist

As we prepare to send Friendship off on a summer tour in a few weeks, why not look back at a video filmed on their last east coast journey?

The Philadelphia-based band of Maine, Florida and Ohio natives spent the better parts of March and April taking their 2015 debut LP You’re Going To Have To Trust Me from Savannah to Toronto, making a midway-stop in Tennessee where they recorded this live version of “Fuzzy.” Nashville’s Little Light Shows captured the song on the first floor of a sparsely lit home, casting the soft-spoken musings in a dewy glow. It’s the kind of recording that relays the intimacy of a Friendship set.

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Birdie Busch celebrates life and friendship on new Thunder Bridge LP

Birdie Busch
Birdie Busch | photo courtesy of the artist

If there’s one thing we’ve learned about Birdie Busch over the years, it’s that she cherishes friendships and community and actively works to turn one into the other, often through music. From curating her annual Philly Opry showcase to writing an ode for a close friend who passed away to being involved in neighborhood meetings, the West Philly-turned-Germantown musician has an uncanny ability of bringing people together – so it’s no surprise that her newest album was inspired by a friend as well.

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