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Friendship Commanders premiere new single and music video »Vampire« taken from their forthcoming album »Mass«; fall tour dates announced!

Nashville, Tennessee based heavy rock duo Friendship Commanders premiere new single and music video »Vampire« taken from their forthcoming album, »Mass«, which will see the light on September 29th, 2023.

01. Blue
02. Fail
03. High Sun
04. Vampire
05. Still Life
06. We Were Here
07. Distortion
08. A Retraction
09. Move
10. Dissonance

Produced by Friendship Commanders & Kurt Ballou.
Recorded and mixed by Kurt Ballou at GodCity, Salem MA.
Mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege.

Courtesy of Clarion Call Media:

Nashville heavy duo Friendship Commanders present »Vampire«, the latest single and video to be released from their forthcoming album, »Mass«, out September 29 (pre-order). »Vampire« debuted at Decibel and will be on all digital platforms on Friday (pre-save). Friendship Commanders Jerry Roe and Buick Audra directed the video for »Vampire«; Jerry Roe shot and edited it.

On the video Buick Audra says: “Because »Vampire« is a sludgy metal song with R&B-leaning vocals, we played with visuals that combined those two ideas. I’m a huge R&B fan, so it was fun to step into that mode for a bit, fun to have the gloss and sparkle in one of our projects. »Vampire« tells the story of someone trying to take on parts of my identity, a toxic person who attempted to blur the line between herself and me. My lifelong love of that music was one of the many things she adopted as her own – and then competed with me for years – all while trying to control me, my body, and my creative output. The vampires added additional lightness, playing up the whole bloodsucker thing. Where there once was trauma and confusion, we made it danceable, with fangs and robes. We had a blast.”

Photo by Anna Haas

»Mass« is a concept record about memory, language, and the state of Massachusetts, a place where songwriter/guitarist/vocalist Buick Audra spent time as an adolescent and younger adult. The album outlines the story of leaving a place after becoming a social outcast, after failing to conform. The singles are revealing the details of that narrative one song at a time. While the album’s third single »High Sun«, describes the process of becoming a scapegoat; »Vampire« sets a boundary with those who took more than they gave, and who preyed on the vulnerabilities of others to boost their own outsized egos.

Guitarist/vocalist Buick Audra and drummer/bassist Jerry Roe co-produced »Mass« with Kurt Ballou (Converge), who recorded and mixed at his GodCity studio in Salem, Massachusetts. This decision was intentional, and the product bears the impact of the in-person collaboration, sonically and energetically. This project marks their third year of working with Ballou who has mixed everything they’ve released since their 2020 EP, »Hold On To Yourself«. »Mass« will be accompanied by a memoir in essays by Buick Audra.

Friendship Commanders are pleased to present »Vampire«, a loud boundary song for the ages.

Friendship Commanders will be making the following North American appearances this summer and fall. Tickets for all upcoming shows can be found HERE.

Friendship Commanders Tour Dates:
08.19 – Warren, OH @ Modern Methods Brewing Co.
08.20 – Columbus, OH @ Dirty Dungarees
08.22 – Champaign, IL @ The Space
08.23 – Kansas City, MO @ Minibar
08.24 – Wichita, KS @ Kirby’s
08.25 – Denver, CO @ Hi-Dive
10.01 – Gainesville, GA @ Blackstrap Rock Hall
10.05 – Asheville, NC @ The Odd
10.06 – Raleigh, NC @ Ruby Deluxe
10.07 – Richmond, VA @ Get Tight Lounge
10.08 – Charleston, SC @ Tin Roof
10.11 – Philadelphia, PA @ Century
10.12 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Squirrel Hill Sports Bar
10.13 – Baltimore, MD @ The Undercroft
10.14 – West Akron, OH @ Buzzbin
10.15 – Kalamazoo, MI @ The Run Off
10.21 – Allston, MA @ O’Brien’s
10.25 – Chicago, IL @ Reggie’s
11.02 – Reno, NV @ Alturas Bar
11.03 – Portland, OR @ Azoth Space
11.04 – Vancouver, BC @ Black Lab
11.05 – Seattle, WA @ Funhouse
11.08 – San Francisco, CA
11.10 – Long Beach, CA @ Supply & Demand
11.11 – Palmdale, CA @ Transplants Brewing Co.
11.12 – San Diego, CA @ Til-Two Club
11.17 – Houston, TX @ Kickback Bar

Bojan Bidovc // music enthusiast, promoter, misanthrop and sometimes a journalist as well

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