New Sounds: Weakened Friends team with J Mascis on the cathartic ‘Hate Mail’



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Weakened Friends have no time for your toxicity. And they’ve got J Mascis over here to make you you hear that loud and clear.

Today (September 1) the Portland, Maine, trio have teamed up with the Dinosaur Jr. legend for a new single called “Hate Mail,” the first off their upcoming LP, and it’s a cathartic guitar-rock banger that finds a sweet middle ground between Weakened Friends’ rocket-charged pop and Mascis’ casual sonic explosiveness.


This new single is “a bye-bye-good-riddance-f-u-very-much breakup song,” Weakened Friends write on Facebook. “Not about a soured romance, necessarily, but more so about toxic ‘friendships’ that can contaminate the best parts of a person. This song is for anyone who has ever been gaslighted into questioning their own purpose, passions, sanity, or self-worth.”

As they often do, Weakened Friends are set to hit the road for a handful of dates around the Northeast this month. It kicks off September 6 in New Haven, and relevant to Massachusetts’ interests are a September 8 show at O’Brien’s Pub in Allston and a September 17 appearance at Watertown’s Mosesian Center For The Arts.

Send them the good kind of mail while they are out on tour, and listen to “Hate Mail” below.