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    Wednesday
    Mar152017

    Pre-order the new Friendship Commanders EP, JUNEBUG! And submit to the Resolution of Happiness compilation on TTS Records!

    Hey, friends!

    My band Friendship Commanders has a new EP on the way and you can pre-order it today! JUNEBUG will be released on April 15th, Record Store Day, and will only be available on 7" vinyl with digital download. You'll be able to get it at Grimey's in Nashville, at our live shows, and online. Pre-ordered records will ship on Monday, April 18th. One song from the EP will be yours as soon as you pre-order your copy. We hope you enjoy it!

    This record is meaningful to us because each song was inspired by or contributed to by people outside of our band. "Fighting Shape" was inspired by our comrades in BELLS≥ and is dedicated to them. "Tragedy Chaser" was co-written by Jesse Michaels (Operation Ivy, Classics of Love). "Berlin" features a German translation by N. A. Huebsch Jr., and "Swan Dive" was written by Jay Joyce and originally performed by his band, Iodine. In the spirit of community and collaboration, one dollar of every copy sold will be given to the ACLU.

    Some incomplete tour dates are listed below. Our show in Nashville on March 24th will be the last local one for a while. We look forward to playing with friends in town and then touring throughout the rest of the year.

    Finally, I'm is curating and releasing a compilation called Resolution of Happiness this year on my label, Trimming The Shield. The call for original music submissions is open now and will close on April 23rd. If you'd like to know more about the project, read about it here. All proceeds will go to Lambda Legal.

     Thank you so much for your continued support!

    -BA 

    FC SHOWS:

    03/24/17 --- Resolute Fest/The Cobra, Nashville TN

    04/22/17 --- Houston Underground Punk Fest #5, Houston TX

    05/05/17 --- Burlington Bar, Chicago IL

    06/16/17 --- St. Vitus Bar, Brooklyn NY

    Sunday
    Feb262017

    Calling all musicians: submit original music to the Resolution of Happiness compilation!

    Hello, friends!

    I'm going to curate a compilation called "Resolition of Happiness, a Radical Resistance Compilation." It will be released on my label, Trimming the Shield Records. The proceeds will benefit Lambda Legal, an incredible legal resource for the LGBTQ and HIV+ communities. Please share with anyone you know who might be interested in contributing! For you ease, there is also a Facebook event for it. Details below. Thanks for stopping by!

    WHAT: A music compilation to be digitally released by Trimming the Shield Records
    HOW: Submit an original piece of music
    WHY: Participate in the resistance by pursuing your own happiness
    WHEN: Submissions are open from February 23 to April 23, 2017

    Let's be radically resistant. Let's be happy and purposeful and loud together. Happiness is not pretend, escape or denial. It is our right - even amidst this time of turmoil, anger confusion. We are still allowed to seek happiness in whatever way(s) we each define it. If you are interested, have questions, doubts, excitement or cheer, send to: trimmingtheshieldrecords@gmail.com. More details about how to participate will be announced in coming weeks.

    THANK YOU.

    "Hope will never be silent."
    -Harvey Milk

    "Many persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose."
    -Helen Keller

    Tuesday
    Oct252016

    Two music videos and a Halloween single from Friendship Commanders!

    Hello, all! 

    What a year for music this has been! Friendship Commanders released our debut full-length, DAVE, as well as music videos for "Animals of Pride" and "NMA." Check them out if you haven't already! Then, just this past Friday, October 21, we released our fourth annual Halloween single. This year, we covered a lesser known band, Iodine. Iodine were active in the Nashville rock scene in the 1990s, but never quite got the attention they deserved. "Swan Dive" is the opening track to their second (and last) album, Baby Grand. Friendship Commanders have added it to our roster of Halloween covers to raise awareness around addiction as well as money for MusiCares, a wonderful organization which advocates for the well-being of musicians. Money will be donated in memory of Chris Feinstein, bassist for Iodine. The Nashville scene did a nice piece about the FC cover; be sure to read it.

    Make sure to keep up with Friendship Commanders' tour dates. You can now track us on BandsInTown, which makes life so much easier! Happy Autumn, and thanks for stopping by!

    -BA

    Tuesday
    Apr192016

    Watch the video for "Animals of Pride" by Friendship Commanders!

    Hello!

    I'm so happy to share this work with you all. This is the first music video by my band, Friendship Commanders. We made it ourselves using only our phones. It was shot in three cemeteries in Nashville and two in Franklin TN. We hope you enjoy it! If you'd like to keep up with what we're doing, I've added links below.

    Thanks!

    BA

    Thursday
    Aug202015

    D'Addario!

    Hello!

    I'm thrilled to announce that I've officially become part of the D'Addario/Planet Waves family. I've been playing their strings for easily fifteen years and couldn't be happier about this new development. I proudly play their NYXL series (size 10/46 on the Gibson Nighthawk, and size 11/49 on the SG), and they've become essential to the sound of Friendship Commanders.

    Speaking of the ol' FC, we have a new EP coming out on October 17th, as part of Cassette Store Day 2015. It's called GARFIELD. Can't wait for you to hear it. We'll be on WRFN Nashville next Thursday, August 27th, talking with The Real Music City about that and everything else we're up to at present. We'll even be playing a few songs live in the studio. Tune in at 9 pm CST to catch it.

    That's all for now! Thanks for stopping by.

    Rock,

    BA