BirnCORE Live PresentsWeakened Friends
Founded by songwriter Sonia Sturino and bassist Annie Hoffman, Weakened Friends is a low-pressure outlet for emotionally volatile music. Engineered and produced by Hoffman, the Portland, Maine, band’s 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. On Common Blah, Weakened Friends use volume—instrumental and emotional—to reassert a sense of control at a time when daily life has slid out of tune. The album also features J Mascis on the song “Hate Mail.”