WEAKENED FRIENDS – ” Common Blah “

Posted: January 1, 2019 in MUSIC
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Portland, Maine’s Weakened Friends deliver the kind of grungy, power-pop not often heard on the radio this side of 1996, and on their full-length debut, they firmly establish themselves with standouts like “Aches,” “Blue Again,” “Early” and the J Mascis-assisted “Junk Mail.” Perhaps the secret of their sound cementing itself in your brain is singer Sonia Sturino’s unusual vocal delivery, full of raspy twists and turns. In any case, “Common Blah” is a near-perfect nineties “buzz-bin” record even in 2018.

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Common Blah is the debut full-length by 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 distortion 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.”

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