We're huge fans of Weakened Friends, and we've been writing about the Maine trio almost as long as this blog has existed. They've just released a new single, and it's no surprise it's another banger (as the kids say). Weakened Friends have edged into a slightly poppier sound than they had with their early EPs, but that's hardly a complaint when it gives us a song like "Awkward." It's a surprisingly upbeat song for Weakened Friends, but that's all relative for Weakened Friends since most songs that include the lyrics "Cuz we still have time to fuck this up" and "It's like I'm breathing underwater" would be any other band's most depressing song. "Awkward" is Weakened Friends at their most perfect, with incredibly catchy parts and killer background vocals over fuzzy guitars.
In a Bandcamp post, singer/guitarist Sonia Sturino says of the new song:
"All the songs I’ve ever written are really depressing…'Awkward' was my attempt at writing a song about something joyful. I don’t know if I really nailed it, since it’s still filled with the ol’ self doubt narrative, but I’d like to think this song is more on the positive side. Awkward really pinpoints the feeling you get when everything is just new and exciting. I wanted to dive into the feeling of having a big practically life altering crush, where you’re equal parts excited,embarrassed and terrified. As someone who identifies as queer, I think it’s important to also share the happier, more joyful experiences regarding love and relationships, it’s not always dread, doom and gloom, and 'Awkward' is a testament to that!"