Weakened Friends

Common Blah is the debut full-length by Portland, Maine’s Weakened Friends. Founded by songwriter Sonia Sturino and bassist Annie Hoffman in 2015, the band is a low pressure outlet for emotionally volatile music. Engineered and produced by Hoffman, the record broadcasts heavy feelings amid screech and feedback with little more than a fuzz pedal to clog up the signal chain.

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.” Common Blah is out now on CD, LP, and digital download via Don Giovanni Records.

Conclave

The State Theatre is excited to announce the second series of CONCLAVE – a live-streaming concert series from the stage of the empty State Theatre. The series – presented by Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, Fire on Fore, birdtheory., Eminence Arts, Ocean Sound & Lighting, 98.9 WCLZ and the State Theatre – will take place every Friday staring July 24 through August 28, showcasing the finest in local and regional talent.

7/24 – Bensbeendead & Emma Ivy
7/31 – Dominic Lavoie & Max García Conover
8/7 – Goldenoak & Coyote Island
8/14 – The American Classic
8/21 – Weakened Friends
8/28 – Sara Hallie Richardson w/ Amarantos Quartet

Conclave is a continuing series of multi-camera, pro audio, live streamed concerts filmed from the empty State Theatre straight to your device. All streams will be FREE and viewable via Facebook Live from the State Theatre’s Facebook page.  Fans are encouraged to donate to each band via a donation link that will be posted in the stream of each concert. All concerts will start at 8pm

It’s time to get back to live (in the comfort of your own home!)

The State Theatre and its partners are presenting the livestream series in compliance with the State of Maine’s mass gathering restrictions and following suggested safety guidelines so that our employees and bands will be in the safest environment as possible.  Only band members and the minimal production team needed will be allowed in the venue.  All production and camera operators are required to wear masks and maintain a minimum physical distance of 6-feet from each other. No one is allowed to touch the band’s stuff except the band!  All high-touch surfaces and any shared surfaces (stage, etc) will be sanitized and disinfected before and after each concert.  We are all in this together and the safety of our staff, artists, patrons and friends (like you!) has and always will be our top priority.