Weakened Friends "Quitter"
You know how sometimes you have to listen to an album a few times to warm up to it and let it really sink in? That was not the case with the brand new release from rock trio Weakened Friends. “Quitter” grabbed me seven seconds into the opening track, “Bargain Bin,” and kept its claws in me all the way to the closer, “Point of Interest.” “Quitter” is out on Friday on Don Giovanni Records, and the band is thrilled to be back on a Maine stage for the first time since 2019 when it headlines at Portland House of Music on Dec. 3.
Same Side: "In Place"
The Story So Far and Elder Brother’s Kevin Geyer has announced new EP “In Place,” Under the guise of Same Side, The Story So Far and Elder Brother’s Kevin Geyer opens his personal musical journal to the world. With his penchant for uncovering buried feelings of melancholy and yearning, often weaving and conjuring in isolation in a stream of consciousness style flow, Geyer’s Same Side alter-ego is the perfect repository for unflinchingly intimate minimalism with depth, vibrancy, and earnestness.
Weakened Friends "Quitter"
Weakened Friends have returned with a battle cry — which is rather ironic, considering their new song is called “Quitter.” Searing, shredding, and packing a sucker punch, the new single from the Portland, Maine band breaks the facade of a brave face and rebels against creative burnout. Released today (September 21), “Quitter” rages as it rips hustle culture to pieces. “Hey! Wait! / I love but it never really feels OK,” Sonia Sturino cries on the chorus, making “Quitter” Weakened Friends’ hookiest protest to date. The single comes paired with an accompanying music video and news of the band’s sophomore EP — also named Quitter — due out November 19 via Don Giovanni Records “Writing and recording this record over the last year and a half has been such a trip!” the band shares on Instagram. “We’re so so so excited to finally be able to share a piece of it with everyone! Hopefully you’ll love these songs as much as we do, we put our whole hearts into them.”
Sally Anne Morgan "Cups"
Cups divines splendor and surprise from Morgan’s off-the-cuff approach to assembling the record. Steeped in a relaxed glow and flowing with acoustic reverence, the pieces push outside the rigid bounds of the fiddle tunes that Morgan was raised on and embrace the inspiration of a moment. Morgan’s composing and recording process was less centered on capturing the perfect take but instead on finding unique moments and combinations of sounds that reflect back distinct parts of herself. The steady strums of banjo and flutters of fiddle on “Prune” were initially laid atop tambura which was subsequently removed from the piece to give a stronger sense of space and slower pace. Scattered glockenspiels speckle “Night Window” as fiddle loops compound and the evening air spills through open cabin windows. “Through the Threshold” recalls the fiddle tune “Sugar in the Gourd” amongst sifting waves of legato bowings and trickles of accented percussive fiddle, handbells, xylophone and wooden frogs.