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    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?

    Monday
    Aug062018

    NEW FRIENDSHIP COMMANDERS ALBUM, BILL // 10.5.18

    Friends!

    I'm thrilled to share the release date of the second album by Friendship Commanders, BILL: October 5th, 2018. We made this record with Steve Albini at Electrical Audio in Chicago IL. We're so proud of it and so ready for you to hear it. The first single and video, "Horrify," releases on all digital platforms on August 17th! There will be more to come between then and the album's release, so please be sure to follow, like, and subscribe to us wherever you get your music! Links below.

    As a body of work, BILL is about to trying to be a human and know other humans during inhumane times. Part of that is reckoning with one's self, part of that is either accepting those around us or letting them go. And yet another part of that is making sure that we're not just focusing on our own success and safety, but those of the community around us. It's time for tolerance and service and hope, not destroying one another and ourselves.

    The stunning album cover photo was taken by Zach Barocas; we love it so much. The design was done by Ric Simenson and myself.

    SPOTIFY // YOUTUBE // TWITTER // FACEBOOK // INSTAGRAM // BANDCAMP


    We're also excited to tell you that we're doing some dates with ROYAL THUNDER next month! And most of the shows are in cities we've not yet played; we're very much looking forward to them. Dates below. Additional tour dates in support of the new album to come soon!

    Thanks for your support!

    -BA

    SHOWS

    09/03/18 --- Columbia, SC - New Brookland Tavern
    09/04/18 --- Nashville, TN - The End
    09/05/18 --- Birmingham, AL - The Nick
    09/07/18 --- St. Petersburg, FL - Fubar
    09/08/18 --- Jacksonville, FL - Nighthawks


    *All dates supporting ROYAL THUNDER

    Thursday
    Jun072018

    June and July shows with Friendship Commanders

    Hi!
    Love and thanks to all who came out to FC's Raise Your Voice shows last month! We had a terrific time - and we registered some people to vote. So, mission accomplished! We're grateful to the venues, promoters, organizations, bands, and friends who participated.

    We're playing a handful of shows at the end of this month and beginning of July. Dates below. Announcements about the forthcoming album will be made next month; stay tuned!

    Last, if you'd like to hear me chat with some friends about being in a touring band, being female in the heavy music scene, and assortment of other things, check out this episode of the Punching Out podcast. Thanks to Tom Messmer for asking me to be a part!

    I wish you a happy beginning of Summer. See you out there.

    -BA

    FC SHOWS

    06/23/18 --- The P&H Cafe, Memphis TN
    06/28/18 --- The Milestone, Charlotte NC
    06/29/18 --- Guido's Speakeasy, Frederick MD
    07/01/18 --- St. Vitus Bar, Brooklyn NY
    07/02/18 --- The Pharmacy, Philadelphia PA

    Monday
    Apr092018

    First solo show in five years // Friendship Commanders voter registration tour in May // RED FANG/FC Nashville show

    Hello!

    Happy Spring to you all!

    First and foremost, I'm honored to be included in a two day event benefiting musician, father, and friend, Adrian Lemberger, this Saturday night, April 14th. Adrian has been fighting Acute Myeloid Leukemia since the end of last year, and this set of shows will directly benefit his recovery fund. The weekend-long event is at Bottom Lounge in Chicago and features some truly great musicians. It's a personal milestone for me, as I've not played a proper solo set since 2013. I'll be playing some songs from my solo catalog, a few from the Friendship Commanders catalog, and maybe some brand new work. I'm looking forward to it!

    On the subject of Friendship Commanders, we're heading out for a couple of shows at the end of this month, and then several more dates in May. We've curated a tour called RAISE YOUR VOICE in which we'll be visiting some of the states with the lowest voter turnout numbers in recent elections. We'll have voter registration materials available at every single show, both digital and hard copy. Also, we're playing with RED FANG in Nashville on May 4th. Hope to see you at some of the shows! To keep up with FC's dates, follow us on Bandsintown.

    News about when the FC Albini album will be released soon!

    -BA

    BA SHOWS

    04/14/18 --- Bottom Lounge, Chicago IL

    FC SHOWS

    04/27/18 --- The Circle Bar, New Orleans LA
    04/28/18 --- Houston Punkfest, Houston TX
    05/03/18 --- Crosstown Arts, Memphis TN
    05/04/18 --- Exit/In, Nashville TN
    05/06/18 --- Resonator, Norman OK
    05/08/18 --- The Spruce Goose, Houston TX
    05/09/18 --- Hi-Tones, San Antonio TX
    05/10/18 --- Revolution Cafe, Bryan TX
    05/11/18 --- Workers Revival Fest, Kansas City MO
    05/12/18 --- Replay Lounge, Lawrence KS
    05/13/18 --- Burlington Bar, Chicago IL
    05/16/18 --- 123 Pleasant St., Morgantown WV
    05/18/18 --- JJ's Bohemia, Chattanooga TN
    05/19/18 --- Kavarna, Decatur GA
    05/24/18 --- PG, Evansville IN
    05/25/18 --- The Cure Lounge, Louisville KY