Press Play: Weakened Friends

After forming in 2015, Weakened Friends are debuting their full-length record, Common Blah.   The band comes from Portland, Maine—the one made semi-famous for its Cryptozoology Museum packed with Bigfoot memorabilia.  This album follows their self-recorded EPs, Gloomy Tunes and Crushed.

Weakened Friends, not to be confused as Weekend Friends, consists of three members:  guitarist and vocalist Sonia Sturino, bassist Annie Hoffman, and drummer Cam Jones.  Sturino found herself part of a band that left her unhappy, so she experimented with her writing style.  She then connected with Jones and Hoffman, and they made Weakened Friends their full-time band.


Although Weakened Friends is their full-time band, the members are still working their day jobs.  Sturino works for a Portland venue, Jones works at a senior center, and Hoffman works at Berklee College of Music and Zippah Recording.  Sturino found some inspiration for Common Blah from their daily grind.

Common Blah focuses on the weird in-between of being a young adult—how sometimes you feel stuck in a hard place and settle for less than you want.  Shivering and unrelenting, lead singer Sturino’s vocals convey all these tangled-up feelings.  Hoffman and Jones are proud to turn the volume up, proudly boasting to have been nominated as “Voted ‘Too Loud’ – By all moms everywhere always”, according to the Weakened Friends facebook page.

Check out the band’s single, featuring J Mascis, “Hate Mail”.

See their music video for “Blue Again” below.

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