Founded by songwriter Sonia Sturino and bassist Annie Hoffman, Portland, Maine's Weakened Friends is a low pressure outlet for emotionally volatile music. Engineered and produced by Hoffman its debut record Common Blah broadcasts heavy feelings with little more than a fuzz pedal to clog up the signal chain.
The songs are filled 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. Now, I'm at the other end of the spectrum, and in a lot of ways, this is the first time I've found happiness. I wrote the lyrics about that time before 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 J Mascis on the song "Hate Mail." Common Blah is out on CD, LP, and digital download via Don Giovanni Records.