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Onstage, bassist Jon Samuels is the only Friendship member who stands up. He is usually swaying back and forth as the songs bear down, pulling together and apart. Friendship’s new record, Dreamin’ (out Nov 8th on Orindal Records) is an exorable wave of motion, endlessly rocking between intimacy and loneliness.

The contemplative alt-country songs on Dreamin’ were recorded to tape in July last year with the help of The Low Anthem’s Jeff Prystowsky. The band moved away from the inclusion of digitally programmed drums and rhodes piano for Dreamin’, opting instead for a warmer, more organic aesthetic and a starker performance. Most of the songs on Dreamin’ took shape while Dan Wriggins (vocals and guitar) and Mike Cormier (drums) worked and lived as groundskeepers at a private estate in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, frequently driving into Philadelphia for shows and friends. The record is set both in the country and the city – community, peacefulness, and isolation can all be heard and felt throughout the superb new record.

Friendship have retained a loyal cult following since their first offering in 2015, You’re Going to Have to Trust Me, which was released on Burst and Bloom Records that year. An EP on Sleeper Records and another record on their current label Orindal Records followed in 2017 – the acclaimed Shock Out of Season, bringing us forward to late 2019; when they will release their wonderful new album Dreamin’ on 8th November again via Orindal Records.

The songs of Dreamin’ are immediate yet gentle. They explore human signs and meaning and are as equally driven by moments of love and connection as they are by our total unknowing, even to those closest to us. In Not an Exit, the driver-narrator asks their passenger: “Can you see those cloudy symbols? / One for fine, two for miserable / three might stand for not insurmountable.” The language is unclear. The message is variable. The characters of Dreamin’ reflect our abiding search for love and understanding.

Elsewhere, lead single Clairvoyant is a thank you note to a friend who offered support during a tough period; “You asked if I’d been crying lately / I said “how can you tell?” / You said “I’m clairvoyant, baby”

Talking about the track, Wriggins said: “I wrote “Clairvoyant” a couple days after seeing Willie Nelson perform in Camden, New Jersey at the BB&T Pavilion. My friend Mark had won tickets from a radio station, but had to bail the day before, so he gave me the tickets and I went alone. This is only tangentially represented in the action of the song. But I think it’s pertinent given Willie’s (and one or two others’) creepy ability to read minds.”

The lilting Dusky is a moving and shrewd account of the push and pull that occurs between two people figuring out how to be together, framed by the opening lines: “Blessed is the front porch / and your six Pabsts.” “My apartment in Philadelphia has a nice porch on a busy street. I love sitting there with a beer and my dog, Roy, and talking with friends, and watching people. There was a guy named Phil who would sit on his porch across the street and sing at the top of his lungs all day long. When people bothered him he would yell “I’m just out here trying to save my life.” Phil’s gone now, I don’t know where he went, I hope he didn’t die. I am generally clueless about what’s going on. The song is about the difficulty and wonder I’ve found in relationships with people with superhuman observational skills.” said Wriggins, reflecting on the song.

The lauded songwriter’s lyrics touch on both the smallest and the most significant moments that occur within human interaction. He reflects on those moments with a sharp wit, keenly observing and eloquently putting into words the unimportant twists and turns that over time become important – that become our experiences, our relationships, our lives. Dreamin’ offers hope with one hand and takes it away with the other. Immersed within swathes of lush Americana guitars, keys, soft, expressive drums and the haunting wail of a pedal steel, on Dreamin’, Friendship sounds more like Friendship than ever before.

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released November 8, 2019

PEDAL STEEL, GUITAR: Pete Gill
DRUMS, PROGRAMMING: Mike Cormier
SYNTHESIZER: Evangeline Krajewski
BASS: Jon Samuels
VOX, GUITAR, PIANO, ORGAN: Dan Wriggins

ALL SONGS: Dan Wriggins (BMI)
RECORDED BY: Jeff Prystowsky at Eyeland
in Providence, RI. Assistance from Lily Wright
MIXED BY: Evan M. Marré
MASTERED BY: Mike Ditrio
PRODUCED BY: Friendship
COVER PHOTO: Mayumi Suzuki
SPECIAL THANKS: Owen Ashworth, Lucas
Knapp, Peter McLaughlin, Meg McCauley

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Track Name: I Don't Have to Imagine Your Love
If I have any common sense I owe it to your heavy-duty presence
You showed up with grace and understanding
You showed it to me and that changed everything
I think of this world of hatred and lies
I feel utterly hopeless, and then I realize
That I don’t have to imagine your love

If we are destined soon to part
I’ll keep the light on for you in my heart
We might not be forever feeling it
But just having known you is a promise
And if we can’t keep it that’s okay with me
Because you showed me beloved community
And because I don’t have to imagine your love
All I have to do is remember it
Track Name: Dusky
Blessed is the front porch and your six pabsts
Your feet on the milkcrate
And your hands in your lap
Something’s on your mind, your eyes brighten
You pull me in again with your excitement
You notice every angle
The way you look at buildings
The way you look at people
I want to hear your interpretation
You’ve got ways of seeing hidden meaning

Another five minutes since we last spoke
Blessed is the front porch
Because I’m going for a smoke
Something’s on my mind, it’s getting dusky
I tell myself not to worry, but how can I trust me

When I notice everything?
Every little reaction, every passing sigh
I could turn mountains into dust
Where would that leave us?


Clean enough to be healthy and dirty enough to be happy
In our house the sickness is the same as the remedy
I know you feel it too and it clearly bothers you
I say “it’s okay, don’t worry,”
But you can tell that I think it might not be
Because you notice everything
Every little reaction, every passing sigh
You could turn mountains into dust
Where would that leave us?
You notice everything
Every little reaction, every passing sigh
I’m not up for interpretation
Blessed are the places that grant us patience
Track Name: Clairvoyant
Sometimes a song, sometimes silence
sometimes a friend gives me a little guidance
Mark’s got nothing but garbage movies
So I drive out to see you in Jersey

You asked if I’d been crying lately
I said “how can you tell?”
You said “I’m clairvoyant, baby”

We walked to the park, as far as the station
Now we’re walking back
With a few more realizations
I’m still scanning the path, searching for clues
Something to substantiate our passing through
I’m probably still gonna wallow
As I’m crossing the Whit
How come we never happened?
How come life was a bitch?
Are you coming for me, morning?
I don’t know if I can face you
But others have before me, so maybe I can too

You asked if I’d been crying lately
I said “how can you tell?”
You said “I’m clairvoyant, baby”
It’s kind of scary how you know
What’s going on in my world
But you help me to see my life
You set one hell of an example
How do you always seem to know
The details of my world?
That’s beyond me, but shoot, I’m grateful
Track Name: You Might Already Know
Junk on the table, and my work gloves
I ate in the kitchen, standing up
You sent me a picture, you were looking alright
It’s hard to make out the ocean at night
I’m sending back a message
You might already know what it’s gonna say

Sheets of typar move in the breeze I’m singing the same song:
Come home, stay with me
You found a portal to my world
And you walked right in
I didn’t think there was a door there
But apparently it’s wide open
I’m sending back a message
You might already know what it’s gonna say
Track Name: Low but On
Call me when you’re on your way
Like you do every other day
If only you knew how much depends on you
If only you perceived your influence on me
Black leaves dipping in the gray cement
You can quit any minute
Cold water dripping from the Kenmore drain
You can always change your ways

I know just how you’re gonna use me
How you’ll drag my heart around
Because everything you do to me
I have done to someone else
Black leaves dipping in the grey cement
If you want to quit you can quit any minute
Cold water dripping from the Arctic King
You can leave today, you don’t owe me anything
Track Name: Sure
Huge fly
Flew around the room a few too many times
Doing what we can to survive
Are you absolutely sure?

Finches on the birch
Level with my third floor window perched
You’re downstairs doing your research
Yes, I’m absolutely sure

New moon, I’m back tonight consulting you
And you say you’ve felt it worse than I do
You are constantly upping the ante
Are you absolutely sure?
Yes, I’m finally sure
Track Name: Several Stations
I visited several stations on my way downtown
Forgot my own language
Had some trouble getting around
In the back of the bodega
I was agreeing with my friend
But with every passing moment there grew
An ambient but unmistakable dread
And the sound of the doorbell sure didn’t help


Like an alarm clock incorporated
Into the end of a dream, I’m adjusting for reality
Saying to myself “just get it together,”
Waking up the faculties

I visited several stations on my way downtown
The keys had vanished but I made it somehow
In the back of the mailroom
There was a line for me to stand in
I meant to get home in time
To take Roy to the garden
But the El was late, and it ruined my day

Every little incident does a number on me
Everything I trusted is gone
I never guessed that I would be able
To betray myself. Well, I was wrong

Not a peep out of you in weeks
Who called me just about every night
when I lived on the island
Did you think you didn’t matter
Enough to hurt someone? Well, you were wrong
Track Name: Millionfish
When you judge everybody you’re scared all the time
You start deeming folks unworthy left and right
Feeling like garbage, angry and bitter
Shitty springs blossom from crappy winters
Must be at somebody’s mercy, but whose mercy?

I know it’s so foolish to dwell on the past
But as of late I’ve been dwelling, dwelling bad
So I’ve got to know, is your house on the market?
I’ve got to relocate some unwanted habits
Shake a few of these ghostly co-signees

I took it down to the embankment
Billboards and little guppies
Headed down to my place of respite
In the shade of the camphor tree


To know and love other people is to constantly generalize
I will never know you and sometimes it hurts being surprised
I guess it’s high time we get used to it. I still get surprised, but I’m using it

Every day I die and I wake up
With the IQ of a two-year-old
Making way for new construction
I’m sorry, the property’s been sold
Track Name: Not an Exit
Not an exit, the door opens anyway
On two green dumpsters and a loading bay
Seagulls are stalking up some prey
They get squawking, they fly away
Not an exit, but you’re leaving today

Are you feeling closer to normal?
Looking out my passenger window
Can you see those cloudy symbols?
One for fine, two for miserable
Three might stand for not insurmountable

Not an exit, well you could have fooled me
What’s the matter, can’t you speak?
I’m sorry, that’s not what I mean
It’s just that you can be so hard to receive
Without a barrier inbetween

Looking back I can’t say I have ever been sure
How to get on your level, how to meet you on your terms
It wouldn’t be the first time I put off hard work
I can’t see your face, just the hem of your sweatshirt
Maybe gas will be cheap forever

Shoes, tires, and the A/C fan
Are moving by forces I don’t understand
Why one collapses and another expands
Would you let me in on your plans?
One for water, and two for land

Every stream has a bend, every fence has a gate
Since I picked you up this morning, you’ve been miles away
And I know things between us can be so strained
But you’ve got the spare key if you need a place to stay
Not an exit, but you’ll surely find a way
Track Name: Hex on the Barn
Hex on the barn, two white birds
Ink on your arm, two black birds
It feels like never enough even when there is so much

Hex on the barn means nothing
Ink on your arm is just a decoration
And the light through your window means nothing
And the sweet little rainbow means nothing
You’ve got to sift through the messages
More often than you’d think
Remaining suspicious of the fishy explanations
Everyone is offering

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