NEW SINGLE "SAW AND HEARD" OUT TODAY!

Our third single is here, friends!

We're thrilled to share "SAW AND HEARD" with you all! This was one of the first songs written for the BILL album, and many of you have heard us play it on the road over the last two years. It's near and dear to us; we hope you like it. The music was produced by Steve Albini and us. We made a lyric video for this one; watch it below.

SINGLE: BANDCAMP // SPOTIFY // YOUTUBE

On "SAW AND HEARD":
The moment at which we reclaim our personal traumas and difficult experiences is one in which we gain the power. Staring abuse and abusers in the eye and saying, “I see it now, and I see it so very clearly,” strips those forces of any power they once possessed. It’s never too late to take back what’s yours, dignity included.

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The BILL album is now only two weeks away! You can still pre-order it on vinyl, CD, or as a download, if you haven't already. And please check out the recently released videos for "WOMEN TO THE FRONT" and "HORRIFY"!

ALBUM: BANDCAMP // ITUNES // AMAZON

Last, thanks to all who came out to the shows we did with ROYAL THUNDER! More Fall dates to come!

We're on your side. Keep hope alive,

FC

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SAW AND HEARD
I’ve had cause to look back on the ins-and-outs of us
they tell me not to stare, they tell me not to stare
I’ve held all the guilt for who we were right in my gut
but maybe that’s not fair, maybe that’s not fair
tapes can still rewind
I keep them in my mind

saw and heard you say you’re not the same as everyone
saw and heard the things you did while we were “having fun”
it’s a brand new day
I think I’ll be okay

your new presentation makes you look so very well
I want to wish it so, I want to wish it so
but I’m not yet at that place, I’m sorting through the hell
so I can let it go, so I can let it go
these tapes preserved just fine
I played them all last night

saw and heard you say you’re not the same as everyone
saw and heard the things you did while we were “having fun”
it’s a brand new day
I think I’ll be okay

all those smiles
no accountability!
years and miles
where’s the accountability?
HEY!

saw and heard you say you’re not the same as everyone
saw and heard the things you did while we were “having fun”
it’s a brand new day
I think I’ll be okay
I’m sending this your way

NEW SINGLE + VIDEO "WOMEN TO THE FRONT" OUT TODAY!

The second single is here!

Please enjoy our new single and video, "WOMEN TO THE FRONT," now premiering on New Noise Magazine! The video was directed by Buick Audra, shot by Jerry Roe and Perry Bean! Noteworthy performances were contributed by Heather Donegan and Grant-Lee Phillips, among many others! Song written by Buick Audra; produced by Steve Albini and us. Cover photo by Zach Barocas; art and layout by Buick Audra and Ric Simenson.

SINGLE: BANDCAMP // SPOTIFY // YOUTUBE

Thanks to everyone who has already ordered the BILL album! We sold out of the vinyl + necktie bundles, but there are a few of the CD + necktie bundles left! And if you haven't seen our video for "HORRIFY," we encourage you to do so!

ALBUM: BANDCAMP // ITUNES // AMAZON

On "WOMEN TO THE FRONT":
What if, instead of competing with or steering clear of other women, we stood for and with each other? What kind of bold new frontier could we possibly create were we to abandon the trappings of old belief systems and get current? I am encouraged by recent movements of solidarity among women around the world. I crave more. Stand together. (Buick Audra)

We're on your side. Keep hope alive,

FC

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WOMEN TO THE FRONT

it’s on my mind that I rarely get spoken to
communication is what I was made to do
but I want to be someone on your side
want to stand with you, eye to eye

I call for the heads now
women to the front, step up!
I call for the hearts now
women to the front, step up

why’s it so easy to separate from our kind?
the strength in numbers would benefit all our lives
and you want to be someone who is heard
I want you to get what you deserve

I call for the heads now
women to the front, step up!
I call for the hearts now
women to the front, step up

stand with me, beside me
I’m waiting, I’m waiting
stand with me, beside me
I’m waiting, I’m waiting!

I call for the heads now
women to the front, step up!
I call for the hearts now
women to the front, step up

NEW SINGLE + VIDEO "HORRIFY" OUT TODAY! // PRE-ORDER BILL ALBUM!

Two big announcements today!

First, the debut single from the BILL album is here! We're so happy to share "HORRIFY" with you all. Links to the song on different platforms below, as well as a link to our video for it, directed by Jerry Roe, shot by Jerry Roe and Perry Bean! Special thanks to Kat Jones, EJ Holmes Dawson, and Perry Bean for their incredible help. Song written by Buick Audra; produced by Steve Albini and us. Cover photo by Zach Barocas; art and layout by Buick Audra and Ric Simenson. If you're interested, the lyrics are at the very bottom of this post .

SINGLE: BANDCAMP // SPOTIFY //  YOUTUBE

Second, you can now pre-order the BILL album! We're offering it on vinyl, CD, and as a digital download, of course. There are even a handful of extra special bundles available, in which you can get a handmade skinny necktie made by Buick herself (she has a line of ties called B. Arson Neckwear) and a copy of the album on CD or vinyl. 

ALBUM: BANDCAMP // ITUNES // AMAZON

On "HORRIFY":
We destroy that which we love; it sometimes feels safer than the alternative. But tearing down another person or a relationship also tears down part of the self. It’s a temporary fix for a bigger problem. We’d be wise to look inward instead of at the faults of others, but where’s the fun in that? In short: friendship is hard.

We're on your side. Keep hope alive,

FC

"HORRIFY" by Friendship Commanders from BILL
℗ & © Trimming The Shield Records, 2018.

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HORRIFY

I’ll show you orphans sleeping on pavement
I’ll show you hopeless human arrangements
I’ll show you lands with no leaders - but laws against reform
still, I’m a monster, or so you have stated

are you horrified?
tell me again
are you horrified?
tell me all about the different lie you’re living with this time

one epidemic gave birth unto another
the child who struggled to thrive became a mother
then all the factors collide to rob the childhood from the child
still, you insist that I’m the enemy, the other

give me a rag to wash the makeup off my face
take off my costume, let me stand here in my place
I’m just a person in need of basic decency and grace
still, you reject me! 
you say I’m not the same

are you horrified?
tell me again
are you horrified?
tell me all about the different life you’re living in this time
and this: are you are horrified?

if I were dying, you could love me
but I’m living, so you can’t
if I were dying, you could love me
but I’m living, so you can’t
if I were dying, you could love me
but I’m living, so you can’t
if I were dying, you could love me
but you can’t

are you horrified?
tell me again
are you horrified?
tell me all about the different ways you’re winning at this life
and this: are you horrified?
tell me again
are you horrified?

NEW ALBUM, BILL // 10.5.18

Friends!

We're thrilled to share the release date of our second album, BILL: October 5th, 2018. We made this record with Steve Albini at Electrical Audio in Chicago IL. We're so proud of it and so ready for you to hear it. The first single and video, "Horrify," releases on all digital platforms on August 17th! There will be more to come between then and the album's release, so please be sure to follow, like, and subscribe to us wherever you get your music! Links below.

As a body of work, BILL is about to trying to be a human and know other humans during inhumane times. Part of that is reckoning with one's self, part of that is either accepting those around us or letting them go. And yet another part of that is making sure that we're not just focusing on our own success and safety, but those of the community around us. It's time for tolerance and service and hope, not destroying one another and ourselves.

The stunning album cover photo was taken by Zach Barocas; we love it so much. The design was done by Buick Audra and Ric Simenson.

SPOTIFY // YOUTUBE // TWITTER // FACEBOOK // INSTAGRAM // BANDCAMP

We're also excited to tell you that we're doing some dates with ROYAL THUNDER next month! And most of the shows are in cities we've not yet played; we're very much looking forward to them. Dates below. Additional tour dates in support of the new album to come soon!

We're on your side. Keep hope alive,

FC

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SHOWS

09/03/18 --- Columbia, SC - New Brookland Tavern
09/04/18 --- Nashville, TN - The End
09/05/18 --- Birmingham, AL - The Nick
09/07/18 --- St. Petersburg, FL - Fubar
09/08/18 --- Jacksonville, FL - Nighthawks

*All dates supporting ROYAL THUNDER

JUNE AND JULY TOUR DATES!

Hey there!

Mighty thanks and appreciation to all who came out to the Raise Your Voice shows last month! We had a terrific time - and we registered some people to vote. So, mission accomplished! We're grateful to the venues, promoters, organizations, bands, and friends who participated.

We're playing a handful of shows at the end of this month and beginning of July. Dates below. Announcements about the forthcoming album will be made next month; stay tuned! 

We wish you a happy beginning of Summer. We'll see you out there.

Yours in friendship and PMA,

FC

 Photo by Ceth Carter

Photo by Ceth Carter

SHOWS

06/23/18 --- The P&H Cafe, Memphis TN
06/28/18 --- The Milestone, Charlotte NC
06/29/18 --- Guido's Speakeasy, Frederick MD
07/01/18 --- St. Vitus Bar, Brooklyn NY
07/02/18 --- The Pharmacy, Philadelphia PA

RAISE YOUR VOICE TOUR IN MAY + RED FANG SHOW!

Hello!
Happy almost Spring! We're dropping you a line to let you know about some upcoming live shows. We're heading back to Texas for our second year of Houston Punkfest at the end of April! Also, we're thrilled to announce that we're doing a hometown show with RED FANG on May 4th! Tickets are available now HERE

In addition to those shows, check out the RAISE YOUR VOICE tour! We've decided to travel to some of the states with the lowest voter turnout numbers in recent elections and offer voter registration options right at the shows. In states that have any kind of online voter registration, we'll have electronic registration stations. In states where you still have to fill out paperwork, we'll have that, too! We believe in everyone's right to have a say, and voting is part of that process. Plus, these shows will be rad hangs. Dates below, and more will be added to this list! Be sure to track us on Bandsintown for updates and additional events.

Last, we know we haven't told you when the new record will be out. Soon, friends. Soon.

Yours in friendship and PMA,
FC

UPCOMING SHOWS

  • 04/28/18 --- Houston Punkfest, Houston TX

  • 05/03/18 --- Crosstown Arts, Memphis TN

  • 05/04/18 --- Exit/In, Nashville TN

  • 05/06/18 --- Resonator, Norman OK

  • 05/08/18 --- The Spruce Goose, Houston TX

  • 05/10/18 --- Revolution Cafe, Bryan TX

  • 05/11/18 --- Workers Revival Fest, Kansas City MO

  • 05/12/18 --- Replay Lounge, Lawrence KS

  • 05/13/18 --- Burlington Bar, Chicago IL

  • 05/14/18 --- The Root Cellar, Bloomington IN

  • 05/16/18 --- 123 Pleasant St., Morgantown WV

  • 05/18/18 --- JJ's Bohemia, Chattanooga TN

  • 05/19/18 --- Kavarna, Decatur GA

  • 05/24/18 --- PG, Evansville IN

  • 05/25/18 --- The Cure Lounge, Louisville KY

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THANK YOU FOR 2017 // NEW ALBUM COMING IN 2018!

Hello hello!

We've made a new album; a second album! We spent six days in the studio with Steve Albini at the end of November and beginning of this month. The experience was positive, singular, life-affirming, and quite productive. Electrical Audio is outrageously cool and we feel fortunate to have made some art there. Steve made the process so enjoyable and easy and we don't know how we ever worked without him.

The album will be released next year and we look forward to sharing it with you! We're working on making that happen right now. In the meantime, here are some photos from our sessions, and there are more where these came from.

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Earlier in the year, we released the JUNEBUG 7" and also had our song "Scuffle" included on the Resolution of Happiness compilation. If you haven't yet heard either of those bodies of work, check them out! They benefit the ACLU and Lambda Legal, respectively. We made videos for "Berlin" and "Scuffle," too. Fun projects all around. We also did a few tours within the U.S., all of which were fulfilling.

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We'd like to thank you for making our 2017 such a purposeful year. To everyone who came out to the shows, bought music, watched the videos, shared the work with others, talked to us, hugged us, played shows with us, let us crash on your floors and couches, and simply just believed in the mission: we thank you.

May the new year bring us together again, and give us all opportunities to be of service to others.

Yours in friendship and PMA, 

FC

NEW ALBUM WITH STEVE ALBINI!

Hey there,

We're excited to announce that we're making our next record with Steve Albini at Electrical Audio next month. 

Stay tuned for more updates!

See you all soon.

-FC

 Photo by Zach Barocas

Photo by Zach Barocas

RESOLUTION OF HAPPINESS // A RADICAL RESISTANCE COMPILATION

Today is the day! The Resolution of Happiness compilation is out! The nineteen song album can now be purchased on CD or as a digital download.

We're happy to be part of this effort of resistance and solidarity. Our song "Scuffle" is in good company, for sure. If you don't know about the comp, here are the details: B. From our band curated and released it on her label, Trimming The Shield Records (which has also released all of our music to date). The release 100% benefits Lambda Legal, an invaluable resource for the LGBTQ and HIV/AIDS communities. The contributing bands are from all over the country - and there's even one artist in Berlin! The musical genres span Punk, Country, Singer-Songwriter, Folk, Post-Punk, Experimental, Indie . . . there is truly something for everyone!

The cover art was done by illustrator Karen Mooney (@moongerm) in Chicago, the graphic layout was done by Veronica Leto (@eveyinorbit) and Buick. The mastering was done by Alex McCollough at True East Mastering in Nashville. 

Please go support this labor of love and intention. Happy Pride!

Yours in friendship and PMA,

FC

 

June tour dates and a new song!

Hey, all!

We're headed out to play some shows this month and want to let you know where we'll be. We're doing seven shows between the Midwest and the East coast and have some rad experiences lined up. We get to play two shows with Bright Christ, the new punk duo by Stephen Shodin and Zach Barocas (two-thirds of BELLS≥), we get to play Third Man Records in Detroit, and we get to see some people we love at every stop. We'll have copies of our new JUNEBUG 7" with us, too. Come say hi to us if we're coming to a rock show near you!

Then, on June 23rd, the Resolution of Happiness compilation comes out on Trimming The Shield Records, and we have a brand new song called "Scuffle" on it! The comp will 100% benefit Lambda Legal, so be sure to get a CD or digital copy of it. Nineteen bands and artists, all united in solidarity! It just went up for pre-order today, GET IT HERE.

We appreciate you and your continued support!
Yours in friendship and PMA,
FC

SHOWS:
06/14/17 --- Quenchers, Chicago IL
06/15/17 --- Third Man Records, Detroit MI
06/16/17 --- Footlight Bar, Ridgewood NY
06/18/17 --- Koto, Salem MA
06/20/17 --- The Depot, Baltimore MD
06/21/17 --- Metropolitan, Annapolis MD
06/22/17 --- Milestone, Charlotte NC