Friendship Talk “Shock Out Of Season”

Frontman Dan Wriggins discusses the songs that influenced the band’s sound

Friendship

Friendship is a Philadelphia-based ambient folk band comprised of Dan Wriggins, Peter Gill, Mike Cormier, Evangeline Krajewski, and Jon Samuels. They released their debut LP, You’re Going to Have to Trust Me, back in 2015, and are now preparing to unveil their sophomore follow up, Shock Out of Season

Frontman and lyricist Dan Wriggins has a deep respect for some of music’s most gifted songwriters, a relationship that began with his first CD, The Very Best of Cat Stevens. The singer’s craftsmanship and eye for detail is immediately apparent on each track off the new album.

ARTISTdirect caught up with Dan Wriggins to discuss the songs that influenced his writing, the sounds that surrounded his childhood, and the tracks he is most proud of writing.

First single I bought…   

I was pretty sure the first CD I bought with my own money was the 2000 edition of “The Very Best of Cat Stevens” from the Borders at the Maine Mall in South Portland but as I think about it now it seems more likely that I fabricated, retold, and reinforced that memory and that actually my aunt Jenny got it for me for my birthday or something. I remember really liking “I’ve Got a Thing About Seeing my Grandson Grow Old.”

First live show I attended…

My dad brought me to see Dylan somewhere in New Hampshire. I don’t remember much of it. But I’ve seen him a few times since and it has always ruled. My favorite was in 2007 at the Cumberland County Civic Center, now the Cross Insurance Arena. He opened with “Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat.”

First song I learned to play…

“Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star,” the first song in the Suzuki book for violin. I took violin lessons for about a year. Mostly I remember the enclosed skyway that connected a parking garage to the Portland Public Market, where my dad would bring me after lessons. What a wonderful place. It’s since moved to a much smaller building on Monument Square.

The song that encouraged me to learn my instrument of choice…

For a little while around 2006/2007, you could embed songs in your facebook profile. Pete, the Friendship steel player, has an older brother named Ted, who was a senior when I was a freshman in high school. He had “Stuart” by the Dead Milkmen on his facebook, along with a lot of other songs that blew my mind and made me want to start a band.

My guilty secret track…

My friend Mark gave me a ticket to see Sheryl Crow and Willie Nelson a few weeks ago in Camden, New Jersey. I cried during “Soak Up the Sun.”

The song I wish I wrote…

“Patterson Pond” by Mousa, a.k.a. Vince Nez a.k.a Aleric Nez. We played with Vince in Portland in 2015, and that CD stayed in my car until I sold it. My new car has a busted stereo.

The finest song from my all time hero…  

“The Breeze/ My Baby Cries” By Kath Bloom. Kath is the best we have.

The song I’ve written of which I’m most proud…

“I’m Serious,” the last track on our first CD, still seems to get to folks.

The song that should be played at my funeral…

Cat Stevens, “How Can I Tell You.”

My favorite track from my most recent project…

I think “A Few Weeks” is a pretty good representation of what we were capable of as a band when we recorded it.

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