Last month, Friendship released a new single, “Ugly Little Victory,” and revealed they’ve signed to Merge Records, welcome news after the Philadelphia band released two excellent albums in 2017. Off-season shock and 2019 Dream. Today they announce their next album, love the stranger, which will be released in July. They also share a new song from it, the rootsy, twisting “Hank,” which Friendship frontman Dan Wriggins says is “a song about when you go fix something that’s broken and realize the tools you’re supposed to fix it with are also broken.It comes with a music video directed by comedian Joe Pera, who had this to say about his association with the band:
Dan Wriggins sent me the Friendship album and as soon as I finished listening I asked if I could possibly make a video for it.
While brainstorming with Dan and Michael Cormier-O’Leary, we came up with the idea of going to Little Cranberry Island in Maine, where Dan has family roots and worked as a lobster fisherman. We spent a few early spring days on the island using the bathroom in an outhouse and following the working days of two of the most interesting people Dan knows there, Henry, a carpenter, and Kaitlyn, an artist. .
Editor Grant Farsi helped sort through the 10+ hours of footage that I and Michael Kaplan shot, and that’s the story of the video. Me and Friendship hope it gets a million views on YouTube and leads to a collaboration with Shakira.
Watch and listen below.
LIST OF TRACKS:
01 “St. Bonaventure”
02 “What’s the Move”
03 “Blue Canoe”
05 “Chomp Chomp”
07 “No way”
08 “Living Twice”
09 “Quick Check”
11 “Mr. Coldness”
15 “Kum & Go”
16 “Ugly Little Victory”
17 “Smooth Pursuit”
05/20 Peterborough, NH @ The Spring Thing
02/08 Nashville, TN @ DRKMTTR*
03/08 Charlotte, NC @ Side State Neighborhood Theater *
04/08 Durham, NC @ The Pinhook*
05/08 Washington, D.C. @ Songbyrd*
08/06 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania @ Johnny Brenda’s*
08/07 New York NY @ TV Eye*
09/08 Boston, MA @ The Rockwell*
08/10 Montreal, QC @ Casa del Popolo*
08/11 Toronto, ON @ The Drake Hotel*
12/08 Columbus, OH @ Rumba Cafe*
08/13 Detroit, MI @ The Metro @ DIME*
08/14 Chicago, IL @ The Hideout*
* with Tenci
love the stranger was released on 7/29 via Merge Records. Pre-order it here.