Headlining Band: Weakened Friends
Support: Ghostpool, Talking In My Sleep, Outside Voices
Show Date: 1/13/19
Venue: Mohawk Place
This past Sunday, Weakened Friends (Portland, ME) were nice enough to make a stop in Buffalo while on their current Winter Tour. They got some support from locals, Outside Voices (Syracuse, NY), Talking In My Sleep (Buffalo, NY) and Ghostpool (Buffalo, NY). With a local lineup this solid, and some great buzz surrounding Weakened Friends, I knew I had to be at this show. It turned out to be a night of great music, and a perfect way to start the week.
Up first, were Syracuse natives Outside Voices, who took to the stage with bellies full of chicken wings, which is a feat all in its own. This was their second consecutive show with Weakened Friends, as both played the Rochester, NY venue The Bug Jar, the night prior.
Playing songs off their most recent EP My Best Days (11/30/18), Outside Voices treated the crowd with their grungy alt-rock sound, that was easy to jam out to. I hope the guys in Outside Voices make the trek to Buffalo for some more chicken wings soon.
Next to take the stage was Talking In My Sleep from right here in Buffalo, NY. They played some freshly released songs off their project The January 8th Tape (12/10/18), that is some of their best material to date. Once you check that out, I know you will be eager for more, so, you’ll be happy to know that Talking In My Sleep teased some more new music that was made with the help of RJ DeMarco from Fernway. Overall, this bummer punk group was a great addition to the evenings very strong lineup and I am grateful to have discovered another great band in the Buffalo scene.
I was excited to see the next band Ghostpool after hearing great things about them from some of my friends. Even though they noted how this was their first show since they got back from tour this past fall, I thought they played an exceptional set.
When GP started to play their song “Nightmare Eyes” off their recent record There Is a Hole at the Center of Everything the stage was black except for a few white spotlights, then just as the song kicked into its defining catchy hook, the lights hit the disco ball creating a magical moment. With both Nick Jones and Jake Amadori alternating behind the mic Ghostpool provides a proper mix of grunge rock and catchy alternative hooks.
Last but not least was touring band Weakened Friends, making their first-ever appearance in Buffalo. If you are one of the unfortunate souls who hasn’t heard of Weakened Friends then let me give you the rundown. This trio comprised of Sonia Sturino(guitar/vocals), Annie Hoffman (Bass) and Cam Jones (Drums), plays emotionally charged music, with an infectiously fun punk feel. Their sound is something that I could imagine hearing on MTV back when they still played music videos. Their recent full-length project Common Blah (10/19/18) is an absolute ripper from start to finish and is just as impressive live. Even though their music is so emotional when you see them live it is almost impossible to not smile the whole time they are on stage.
Don’t worry because you won't be the only one smiling, as you will be joined by the rest of the crowd, and Annie from WF who I don’t think stopped smiling their entire set. Even for a Sunday night, and their first appearance in Buffalo, there was a solid and excited crowd for their set. While I definitely recommend checking out their music, Weakened Friends is one of those bands that you have to catch live to properly understand why they are so great. I think the rest of the fans in the crowd would agree with me because they demanded an encore as soon as Weakened Friends tried to leave the stage.
Also, if you are a fan of the legendary band Dinosaur Jr. then you should definitely go listen to Weakened Friends latest album Common Blah, check it out for yourself if you want to know what I'm talking about. So until next time, get off the charts and support local music.
Go check out Weakened Friends on one of the remaining dates of their current winter tour!