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    Friday
    Dec282018

    THANK YOU FOR 2018 // FC // B. ARSON NECKWEAR

    Hey!

    We made it to the end of this bizarre, three-year-long year! Congrats. I'm tired as hell; you?

    That said, I'm grateful to all who supported my band, Friendship Commanders, this year. We released an album that's very important us called BILL, made a bunch of videos, played a bunch of shows. The complete list of releases is below. Thank you for listening/watching/showing up. Truly. We will be touring quite a lot next year; we look forward to seeing you out there!

    BILLBANDCAMP // ITUNES // AMAZON // SPOTIFY
    "HORRIFY" VIDEO
    "WOMEN TO THE FRONT" VIDEO
    "SAW AND HEARD" LYRIC VIDEO
    "YOUR FEAR IS SHOWING" VIDEO

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    I also played two solo shows in 2018, the first in over five years! I enjoyed it. There might be more of that sort of thing in the new year. I also started a small necktie line called B. Arson Neckwear! I make ties out of vintage, rare, and/or unusual fabrics, for all people. Check them out. My most recent collection is called FOUNDING WOMEN OF PUNK, and it honors some of the great female punk musicians and artists. So far, the list is: ARI UP, POLY STYRENE, DEBBIE HARRY, ZANDRA RHODES, and PATTY DONAHUE. The ties are all handmade, true bias, narrow straight ties. I've loved designing and making them when we've been home from tour!

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    If you'd like to read a more in-depth assessment of my year, you can do so here: GETTING CURRENT.

    I thank you for paying attention, for supporting women in the arts, and for listening.

    Happy new year!

    -BA

    Monday
    Oct292018

    "YOUR FEAR IS SHOWING" VIDEO BY FRIENDSHIP COMMANDERS OUT TODAY + NOV. TOUR DATES!

    Hello, friends!

    Thanks so much for all of the support around the release of the BILL album earlier this month! We played a terrific release party on October 16th in our home city of Nashville. Here's a great review of the record by Jen Dan for Rebel Noise. We appreciate all of you for listening!

    To that end, please enjoy this new video for the opening track on the album, "YOUR FEAR IS SHOWING." The song gives shout-outs to some of horror's great characters while also addressing the very real fear that some of us may live with. We hope you enjoy it.

    From today through midnight October 31st, we will donate all proceeds from digital sales of our new album, BILL, to the Suicide Prevention Lifeline. We will also donate a percentage of all physical sales of the album on those dates.

    BILL: BANDCAMP // ITUNES // AMAZON // SPOTIFY

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    Also, we're heading out for some tour dates in just a few days! Please check to see if we're coming to your city; we'd LOVE to see you!

    11.4 // Columbus OH // Cafe Bourbon St.
    11.5 // Philadelphia PA // Kung Fu Necktie
    11.6 // Allston MA // O’Brien’s Pub
    11.8 // Chapel Hill NC // The Cave
    11.9 // Cleveland OH // Maple Grove Tavern
    11.15 // Indianapolis IN // Melody Inn

    Happy Halloween!

    We're on your side. Keep hope alive,

    FC

    Friday
    Oct052018

    BILL BY FRIENDSHIP COMMANDERS IS OUT TODAY!

    IT'S A HAPPY DAY OVER HERE!

    The BILL album is now available everywhere you get your music!


    BILL: BANDCAMP // ITUNES // AMAZON // SPOTIFY

    The vinyl arrived this week and it's absolutely beautiful. 


    There are several merch bundles available on the Bandcamp page!

    Thanks to Steve Albini and everyone at Electrical Audio; thanks to Matthew Barnhart and the good folks at Chicago Mastering Service! Thanks to our team: Mark Vieira, Austin Griswold, and Aaron Gray! Thanks to Zach Barocas, Iris Robert, and Ric Simenson for the stunning imagery and artwork. We are incredibly grateful. And thanks to all who have listened and will listen. 

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    If you haven't yet, please watch the videos for "SAW AND HEARD," "WOMEN TO THE FRONT" and "HORRIFY"!

    Our official album release show is on October 16th, here in Nashville. We're excited to be part of a crazy night of music with all kinds of people, and the whole event 100% benefits Best Buddies Tennessee! We'll even be donating a portion of our merch sales to the organization, including the BILL album! Additional Fall tour dates to be announced very shortly, so make sure you follow us on Bandsintown for those updates.

    Thank you all so much. Thank you for your continued support. We hope you love the new music.
    We're on your side. Keep hope alive,

     BA


    Thursday
    Sep202018

    FRIENDSHIP COMMANDERS SINGLES // "WOMEN TO THE FRONT" AND "SAW AND HEARD"!

    I'm behind on my updates! We were on tour with ROYAL THUNDER when "WOMEN TO THE FRONT" was released on September 6th, so it was all we could do to share it on the FC pages etc. And now today, our third and last single in advance of the BILL album is out; it's called "SAW AND HEARD." I'll talk about that in a minute. First: touring with RT ruled. They were awesome. It was awesome. We hope it happens again! Thanks to all who came out to the shows!

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    Now, about "WOMEN TO THE FRONT"!

    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!

    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)

    WOMEN TO THE FRONT: BANDCAMP // SPOTIFY // YOUTUBE

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    Finally, about "SAW AND HEARD"!

    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; please enjoy.

    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.

    SAW AND HEARD: BANDCAMP // SPOTIFY // YOUTUBE

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    Thanks to everyone who has already pre-ordered the BILL album! I can't believe it will be actually be out in a couple weeks. Feels like a birth. If you want to order a physical or digital copy, the links are below. Thanks for your time and support!

    ALBUM: BANDCAMP // ITUNES // AMAZON

    -BA

    Friday
    Aug172018

    NEW FRIENDSHIP COMMANDERS 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 JonesEJ 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.

    Thanks for your support!

    -BA

      

    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?