Coming straight off the group’s first ever public performance at last weekend's Earthwork Harvest Gathering, the band Friends with the Weather is preparing to release its debut, self-titled album. Recorded at Jim Roll’s Backseat Productions in Ann Arbor, MI and mastered by Glenn Brown in Lansing, MI, the album features a cast of well respected regional musicians including producer/guitarist Seth Bernard, bassist Brennan Andes (The Macpodz), drummer Julian Allen (Theo Katzman, Michelle Chamuel), and singers Lindsay Lou and Madelyn Grant. At the core of the album and project are its trio of founders, singer-songwriter/multi-instrumentalists Chris Good, Seth Hendricks, and David Hupp.
The 12 song album is divided into three 4 song movements, “The Light Awakes,” “From the Darkness,” and “Over the Horizon.” “To be a human is to live in a world of fear, grief, injustice, and disillusionment,” Good states. “This album & the project more broadly, is our creative expression of exploring what we can do in the midst of those spaces. How do we learn & grow in those challenging times, and strive to be sources of love, hope, passion & vision? The weather inevitably comes at us every day...how do we choose to live amidst the unpredictability of the storms & the sunny skies?”
Earthwork Music founder Seth Bernard co-produced and contributed his signature guitar stylings to the album. Bernard says, “Friends with the Weather has the freshness of a new project with the fortitude of seasoned musicians coming together to devote themselves to something they believe in.” Good says that partnering with Earthwork Music was an exciting opportunity that felt like the perfect fit for this project. “These songs and this project are deeply rooted in and inspired by community. Partnering with Earthwork Music and the incredible roster of musicians who are doing their part to build community, promote sustainability, and create art with an eye on future generations was something we were very excited to be a part of.” Friends with the Weather ran a very successful Kickstarter campaign to fund the new album, thanks largely to the base of support grown by 16 years of Hendricks & Good’s songwriting partnership in various musical projects. The group raised almost $30,000 to exceed its $20,000 goal.
The album will be released on Thursday, 9/22, and will be initially available through the band’s website friendswiththeweather.com, and earthworkmusic.com. It is also available digitally through Bandcamp and CDBaby.
The Earthwork Music collective believes in the intrinsic and historical power of music to raise both community and self-awareness and serves to facilitate and encourage original music in the state of Michigan and beyond.