Hello, all!

Happy day: the JUNEBUG EP by Friendship Commanders is out today! We're very proud to be able to share it with you all and hope you enjoy it. It was made in the spirit of collaboration and community, and as such, will partially benefit the ACLU. For this record, FC collaborated with Jesse Michaels (Operation Ivy, Classics of Love), covered a song by Nashville's own Iodine, called in a German translation, and wrote a song for some friends of theirs. It's a diverse and different body of work for them.

The 7" can now be purchased here, from FC's pages, at their live shows, and at these fine retailers: Grimey'sFond ObjectThe Groove, and Atomic Nashville.

And, they made a video for one of the songs on the EP, "Berlin." Appreciation to Harvey Milk and Cleve Jones; additional appreciation to Gilbert Baker

"Berlin" from JUNEBUG by Friendship Commanders.  ℗ & © Trimming The Shield Records, 2017.


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Pre-order the new Friendship Commanders EP, JUNEBUG!


We're excited to announce that the new Friendship Commanders EP, JUNEBUG, can now be pre-ordered! It will be released on April 15th, and will only be available on 7" vinyl with digital download. You'll be able to get it at Grimey's in Nashville, at their live shows, and online. Pre-ordered records will ship on April 18th. One song from the EP will be yours as soon as you pre-order your copy. We hope you enjoy it!

This record is special because each song was inspired by or contributed to by people outside of the band. "Fighting Shape" was inspired by BELLS≥ and is dedicated to them. "Tragedy Chaser" was co-written by Jesse Michaels (Operation Ivy, Classics of Love). "Berlin" features a German translation by N. A. Huebsch Jr., and "Swan Dive" was written by Jay Joyce and originally performed by his band, Iodine. In the spirit of community and collaboration, one dollar of every copy sold will be given to the ACLU.

Also, submissions for the Resolution of Happiness compilation are open through April 23rd! Send us your original music to be part of Radical Resistance! Read more about that here.

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Resolution of Happiness, a Radical Resistance Compilation

Hello, friends!

We're calling for submissions to our forthcoming release, Resolution of Happiness, a Radical Resistance Compilation. The proceeds will benefit Lambda Legal, an incredible legal resource for the LGBTQ and HIV+ communities. Please share with anyone you know who might be interested in contributing! For your ease, there is also a Facebook event for it. Details below. Thanks for stopping by!

WHAT: A music compilation to be digitally released by Trimming the Shield Records
HOW: Submit an original (previously unreleased) piece of music
WHY: Participate in the resistance by pursuing your own happiness
WHEN: Submissions are open from February 23 to April 23, 2017

Let's be radically resistant. Let's be happy and purposeful and loud together. Happiness is not pretend, escape, or denial. It is our right - even amidst this time of turmoil, anger, and confusion. We are still allowed to seek happiness in whatever way(s) we each define it. If you are interested, have questions, doubts, excitement, or cheer, send to: trimmingtheshieldrecords@gmail.com. More details about how to participate will be announced in coming weeks.


"Hope will never be silent."
-Harvey Milk

"Many persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose."
-Helen Keller



We're thrilled to announce that Friendship Commanders will be releasing their first 7" record on April 15th, a collection of four songs that were all inspired by or contributed to by outside people. The record is called JUNEBUG and it will be available here, on their site, bandcamp, at their live shows, and in select retail stores. Only 300 copies are being pressed, so be sure to grab one.

Keep and eye on their tour dates to see if they're coming to your city this Spring!

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Hello, all! 

What a year for music this has been! Friendship Commanders released their debut full-length, DAVE, as well as music videos for "Animals of Pride" and "NMA." Check them out if you haven't already! Then, just this past Friday, October 21, they released their fourth annual Halloween single. This year, they covered a lesser known band, Iodine. Iodine were active in the Nashville rock scene in the 1990s, but never quite got the attention they deserved. "Swan Dive" is the opening track to their second (and last) album, Baby Grand. Friendship Commanders have added it to their roster of Halloween covers to raise awareness around addiction as well as money for MusiCares, a wonderful organization which advocates for the well-being of musicians. Money will be donated in memory of Chris Feinstein, bassist for Iodine. The Nashville scene did a nice piece about the FC cover; be sure to read it.

Make sure to keep up with Friendship Commanders' tour dates. You can now track them on BandsInTown, which makes life so much easier! Happy Autumn, and thanks for stopping by!



The DAVE album BY FC is out at last! We're so happy to share it with you. If you've already pre-ordered it - thank you! Pre-orders all ship out today, and you should be getting your digital downloads in your inboxes any moment now.

We have hand-numbered cassettes and CDs at the ready. Vinyl is being made, and should ship out in May. Order now!

Again: one dollar of every copy sold (in any format) will be donated to HIV/AIDS programs.

FC leave for tour tomorrow, and their first stop is in Charlotte, NC. Check their tour dates to see if they're coming to your town, and they'll be posting updates on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Happy 2016, everyone!

Friendship Commanders' first album is up for pre-order today! You can order whichever format(s) of DAVE you wish, and you'll get one song from the record now, "Animals of Pride." All physical formats will include the digital download of the album, and all but vinyl will ship out on the release day, February 12th. Because vinyl is such a complicated beast, it takes significantly longer to press. We're shooting for May 1st as the shipping date for that format. It's our first vinyl release here at TTS!

One dollar of every copy sold (in any format) will be donated to HIV/AIDS programs.

They tracked the record themselves. Jerry mixed it. Alex McCollough mastered it.

The artwork is by B. David Walsh, of course. The pineapple is his sacred image, and it is also the image of welcome and friendship. We thought it was exactly right for this project and we're so grateful to have collaborated with him once more. The graphic rendering was done by our beloved team member, Ric Simenson.

Their tour schedule for next month has been updated. Two of their eleven shows are sold out, but there are still tickets for the rest. We can't wait for you to hear the new music.

Happy pre-order day, and happy new year.


New Halloween Single by FC!

Happy almost Halloween!

Friendship  Commanders have just released their third Halloween single,"The Killing Moon." This beloved 1984 song by Echo and the Bunnymen was just dying to be re-recorded, so they caved in. As always, all of the single's proceeds will be donated to addiction research. This year, donations will be made in loving memory of Ryan McNulty.

If you're in need of more spooky cheer, feel free to partake of FC's Halloween singles from years past, "Pet Sematary" (2013) and "Them Bones"(2014).

Thanks to everyone who made the GARFIELD release weekend such a blast, and to everyone who has bought the EP so far! Grab a copy today!




Friendship Commanders' new GARFIELD EP is now up for pre-order! The EP will be released on October 17th, and at that time, we will send out all pre-ordered cassettes (which each include a digital download) AND make the freestanding digital download available. For now, we're just allowing the order of the hard-copy tapes. There are only one-hundred in existence, they're each hand-numbered, and one dollar of every EP sold will be donated to animal rescue efforts. The third track, "Jean Dark," is up for preview and will also download immediately with your pre-order. ORDER NOW!



B.A. signs with D'Addario, New EP for FC in October, and New Merch!


We have all kinds of news around here: B. signed an artist deal with the rad folks over at D'Addario/Planet Waves! She'll be playing them on and off stage going forward, just as she has been for fifteen years. So cool!

Friendship Commanders have been hard at work on their new EP, GARFIELD, to be released on Cassette Store Day 2015, October 17th. It's a brand new batch of songs that focus more on their hardcore leanings. We're proud to be releasing it on TTS.

Also, FC made some new limited-edition merch with their lightning logo. These bags were made with a hand-cut stencil and some good ol' spray paint. It's a run of fifteen bags, and they're all hand-numbered. They come in two sizes: Small, 13.5" x 13.5 (black only), and Large, 18" x 15.5" (Black, Grey, Brown, and Natural). Can be used to carry rekkids, skateboards, groceries, art supplies, guitar cables etc. Grab one!

Lastly, the show FC were scheduled to play on August 29th was canceled. BUT, they're playing the 26th at Springwater in Nashville, and they'll be live on the WRFN Nashville (103.7 & 107.1) the next night, August 27th. Tune in at 9 pm CST to hear them on The Real Music City, playing live and talking about what they're up to. Should be a great time!