Friday, November 5, 2021

"ALTAR" & "LAND OF MEN" are out today!

Friends!

"ALTAR" & "LAND OF MEN" are out everywhere today! We're so happy to share this new work with you. Stream anywhere you get your music! If you'd like to buy them, you can do so via Bandcamp! We have new videos for each of the singles, too! "ALTAR" premiered at New Noise on Wednesday, and "LAND OF MEN" premiered at Metal Injection yesterday! Jerry directed both videos.

We're grateful to all who have listened and shared the new work so far, and all who worked on the tracks! Credits below.

CREDITS
Produced by Friendship Commanders
Engineered by Jerry Roe and Buick Audra at Fort Knockout, Nashville TN
Additional tracking was done at the Sound Emporium, Nashville TN
Additional engineering by Rachael Moore
Mixed by Kurt Ballou at GodCity Studio, Salem MA
Mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege, Portland OR
Songs written by Buick Audra
Videos directed by Jerry Roe
Cover art by Ethan McCarthy

CREDITS


Tour starts one week from today! There have been a couple city and venue changes, so be sure to check the new dates below. 


We love and appreciate you! See you soon!
Buick & Jerry, FC



Friday, October 29, 2021

New singles out 11/5 + November tour dates!

 Friends!

We come to you with good news of new music and new tour dates! All happening very soon. Our new singles, "ALTAR" & "LAND OF MEN" will be released on Friday, November 5th! Pre-save/pre-add them to your preferred streaming services now, if you like. These two tracks were borne of these wild times; tracked by us here in Nashville, and mixed by Kurt Ballou at GodCity in Salem, MA. Can't wait to share them with you.

Speaking of Massachusetts, we're going on tour! For the first time in two years! We're heading out for just over two weeks of shows with our friends in Dead Register in November. All dates are below. We're going to be celebrating the new singles, as well as all of the music we released in 2020: the HOLD ON TO YOURSELF EP, and the "STONECHILD / YOUR REIGN IS OVER" singles! Can't wait to see you.

We love and appreciate all who made it out to the August show at EXIT/IN! Here's a beautiful write-up of that show from Charlie Zaillian at the Nashville Scene

We love and appreciate you! See you soon!
Buick & Jerry, FC


11.12 – Atlanta, GA – Boggs Social Club
11.13 – Savannah, GA – Congress Ave Block Party
11.14 – Jacksonville, FL – Justice Pub
11.15 – Charlotte, NC – The Milestone
11.18 – Baltimore, MD – The Depot
11.19 – Philadelphia, PA – Kung Fu Necktie
11.20 – Cambridge MA – Middle East
11.21 – Brooklyn, NY – Gold Sounds
11.23 – Rochester, NY – Photo City Music Hall
11.24 – Youngstown, OH – Westside Bowl
11.26 – Hamtramck, MI – New Dodge Lounge
11.27 – Chicago, IL – Reggies Music Joint



Monday, August 16, 2021

We play Nashville's EXIT/IN this Thursday, August 19th!

Hello, friends!

Just a quick note to remind you that we're playing our first in-person show in eighteen months this Thursday, August 19th! We're thrilled to be honoring our Hold On To Yourself EP that night, and Yautja are also treating the show as a release party for their new LP, The Lurch! It's truly wild to be getting merch together after so long, but we're stoked! We have vinyl, shirts, and posters for you all; come say hi at the merch table! Doors are at 7 PM.

Tickets can be purchased here

Important: EXIT/IN announced some new safety protocols for the show last week. Proof of vaccination or a negative Covid test within 48 hours (administered by a medical professional) will be required for entry. In addition, masks are recommended but not required. If you have any questions about those details, check out EXIT/IN's statement! We appreciate your understanding as we move ahead with trying to play the safest show possible. We understand that it's not perfect, but it's also the only way we don't just cancel altogether at this point. We're doing our best!

More shows will be announced very soon! Until then, please take care of yourselves. We hope to see our Nashville family at the show!

We love and appreciate you!
Buick & Jerry, FC





Wednesday, June 30, 2021

First show back!

FRIENDS!

We’re happy to announce that we’re playing Nashville’s EXIT/IN with our friends Yautja and Null on August 19th! Tickets just went on sale!

Some of you might remember that we had a record release show scheduled for Hold On To Yourself, one that never happened because it was April 4th of last year. Before we play all of our new stuff, we're going to honor that record that means so much to us. We're stoked to have our pals Yautja on the bill, as well as Null from Birmingham, AL! And we're doing it at our beloved Exit/In! Please come hang with us if you can. We can't wait to see you.

In addition, looks like we'll be hitting the road in the Fall! Our tour dates will be announced very soon, as will the details of our forthcoming music! In the meantime, Buick released her first solo singles in ten years! Check out her first track back, "All My Failures" - Rolling Stone named it one of the best Country/Americana songs of the week it was released in April! Her second single, "Maybe I'll Fly Instead" came out last week! She has more solo work releasing in the coming months, so follow her on Spotify and wherever you find your music if you want to keep up with her!

We love and appreciate you; we want to hear all about what the hell you've been up to. More soon!

Buick & Jerry, FC



Thursday, December 3, 2020

December 10th Live Stream from Exit/In!

Friends!

We have one more thing for you this year and it's a full-volume, full-impact live stream show one week from today! We're going to play the stage of Nashville's legendary Exit/In! For those who have seen the video for "Stonechild," it's that amazing stage! We'd be so honored to have you in attendance from wherever you are! It will probably be our last live performance for a little while. Get tickets HERE.

Speaking of "Stonechild," Talkhouse published an essay Buick wrote about writing and releasing the song, and about the cultural responsibilities of making work about someone else's life and death. We hope you enjoy it.

Buick also had a live conversation with Robin Little Wing Sigo of the Suquamish Tribal Council on November 25th! Robin graciously spoke to Buick about the impact of Stonechild's death on the Tribal community, the systemic racism involved in the still-unfolding story, and all kinds of other things. We've made the video available on Youtube and you can also find it below!

As always, we'd love to send merch to you or anyone you think deserves the gift of FC this holiday season! We're happy to gift wrap stuff, too - just send us a note when you order!

We are so incredibly grateful to all of you for your support and attention. It's been difficult to be off the road for all of this year, but we have so appreciated being able to stay connected with you in this and other ways. May 2021 bring us more opportunities to see one another. 

We send you love and solidarity!
Buick and Jerry
Friendship Commanders

Friday, November 6, 2020

New Videos / Merch / Rolling Stone!

Dear community!
Thank you for your kind attention and support over these last few weeks! We're so grateful for the reception of "Stonechild" and "Your Reign Is Over." We want to share this piece that Rolling Stone (!!!!) did about it. Unreal!
 
Last week we premiered the video for "Stonechild" at Brooklyn Vegan! You can watch it below. Jerry wrote, directed, shot parts of, and edited it. The narrative shots were performed by Austin Strobel; the performance shots were done at Nashville's EXIT/IN, one of our favorite independent venues, and one that is in danger of closing without support. We hope you enjoy it! And this week on Election Day, we released the lyric video for "Your Reign Is Over"! Also below!

Today is another beloved Bandcamp Friday, which means fees are waived for artists. We do have merch for the new release, and since it's a digital release, we so appreciate all who buy merch to help us offset recording and production costs. All of the merch items come with downloads of the new songs, and the items are all limited edition, only available this time around! Buying the songs themselves is also great!

Last, tonight we're part of a fundraiser for another venue we love, ONCE in Somerville, MA. We're playing a couple of songs live for a great cause. Join us if you're available!

That's it for now. Thank you again for sharing in what we do.

We send you all love and solidarity. The next time you hear from us, we'll have elected a new president. Can't wait.

Our best to you,
Buick and Jerry
Friendship Commanders

Monday, October 12, 2020

New Music Out Today: STONECHILD / YOUR REIGN IS OVER

Dear community!

We are so happy to be connecting with you today. We have brand new work out, a two-song single: STONECHILD / YOUR REIGN IS OVER. This work was written in response to events of the last year and recorded mostly at home. Kurt Ballou mixed the songs, and Brad Boatright mastered them. Ethan McCarthy did the cover art.

“STONECHILD” was written about the circumstances of Stonechild Chiefstick’s death on July 3, 2019. Stonechild was a Chippewa Cree man who was part of the Suquamish Tribal community in Poulsbo, Washington. Stonechild was 39 years old when he was killed, a father of five. He was killed by a white police officer in front of many community members who were gathered to observe the 3rd of July fireworks display. After he died, they held the fireworks anyway. Systemic racism continues to inform the unfolding story and we want to elevate what we can here. We want you to know his name, his life. Cassy Fowler, who speaks in Lushootseed on the track, does so on behalf of Stonechild’s family. The txʷəlšucid (Lushootseed) lyrics were written by txʷəlšucid Cassy Fowler (Suquamish), Zalmai Zahir ʔəswəli (Puyallup), and Chris Duenas (Puyallup). The song was written to acknowledge a life, question a death, and stand in solidarity with a community that has lost someone. We, alongside the people who knew him, demand justice for Stonechild.

“YOUR REIGN IS OVER” was written in a fit of frustration. During a year that has held a pandemic, a revolution for racial justice, economic uncertainty for so many, devastating environmental emergencies, and what is likely the most important presidential election of many of our lifetimes, the song was written to shout-down people who use immense privilege and platform to cause further harm.

More can be read about the new work at Destroy//Exist, where the songs premiered on Friday, October 9. They call the new work, "a pair of very dynamic post-grunge rockers fueled by the events of 2020, drawing its subjects from real-life tragedy." 

The music can be streamed everywhere, and the songs and corresponding custom merch can be purchased from our Bandcamp. The lyrics are also up on Bandcamp.

We appreciate your presence in our lives and your support of our work. May we all move forward with bold intentions to confront and disrupt all forms of bigotry. May we change our culture, one song, one step, and one day at a time.

Our best to you,
Buick and Jerry
Friendship Commanders