Song of the day: Friendship Commanders - Still Life

Nashville, Tennessee-based Friendship Commanders are a heavy duo. Buick Audra on vocals and guitar, and Jerry Roe on drums and bass, make up the group. The group has two albums out. Steve Albini recorded Bill (2018) at Electrical Audio, and the band engineered and produced Dave (2016). Kurt Ballou co-produced, engineered, and mixed their third album, which will be released in 2023. It was recorded in GodCity, his Salem, Massachusetts studio.

About their new single the duo says: “Writing ‘Still Life’ was almost like a fever dream. At first, I wasn’t even sure what the words meant, but then I realized they were a compilation of things people in Boston had said to me at one point or another or modeled in their non-response. Substance use problems were invisible unless they needed to be used to explain someone’s transgressions, verbal or physical. Said transgressions were never addressed, people were not held accountable, and raising any issues was seen as unpleasant, or even rude. Meanwhile, my own injuries? I was essentially told to ‘walk them off,’ and to do so quietly. It was like a time without any language around mental health, boundaries, or shades of grey. The urgency of the music reflects how moving through those expectations felt.”

Here below you can watch the official video. I love the atmosphere of the song and the contrast between the music and the melodic vocals (the chorus is fantastic). The song is also amazingly produced and arranged. Give it a go by clicking on the YouTube player below and don't forget to follow Friendship Commanders on social media as well.

Giovanni Gagliano

Passionate about music I wrote my first article for "Given To Rock" in 2012, reaching now 30K global followers. I am also a musician, gigging around London.

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