Sat, March 9, 2019
Doors: 9:00 pm / Show: 9:30 pmHigh Dive
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• Smoking allowed outside in the Beer Garden!
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For Sturino, writing in Weakened Friends is more of a physical process than a mental one.
“I have to feel the vibration or sound coming out of my body. I need the physicality to do it, to enjoy singing it,” she says. “People probably hear the vocals and think, ‘she just puts on that weird voice,’ but it’s really just what comes out. It’s my body making that sound.”
Many of the songs reckon with deep mid-20s malaise —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. I’d hear, ‘You have a really cool job. You live in a cool city. Your band is cool.’ It was ‘Common Blah’ though because I was miserable. I didn’t care. Now, I’m at the other end of the spectrum. People do something that they think they’re supposed to do when it’s not what they should be doing and it doesn’t make them happy. In a lot of ways, this is the first time I’ve found happiness. I wrote the lyrics about the time before that 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 guest shredding by peer and kindred spirit J Mascis on the song “Hate Mail.” CommonBlah will be out on CD, LP, and digital download via Don Giovanni Records on October 19th..
Some of that power is owed to the deep current of lyrical content flowing just below the surface of seemingly happy, hook-laden tunes. Singer/guitarist Natalie Newbold mined her own past in a tumultuous, long-term relationship for the bulk of the inspiration throughout This is Fine, resulting in a level of candor and self-reflection not often embedded in such catchy rock songs. This potent recipe has earned Well Wisher a reputation as one of the most-promising new bands to arise from the New Jersey DIY scene.
Originally started as a solo project for Newbold, Well Wisher has taken shape as a full band, touring frequently despite their relative newness. They have already shared the stage with Manchester Orchestra, The Front Bottoms, New Found Glory, The Movielife, Remo Drive, Thin Lips, Kississippi, and many more, and plan to continue touring extensively throughout the remainder of this year and into the next.
This Is Fine’s poppy sound, deeply personal subject matter, and variety of composition make for a phenomenal debut... Like summer,This Is Fineflies by, leaving pleasant memories and a longing for a return of that sweet warmth. Let’s hope Well Wisher don’t keep us waiting for long. - New Noise