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Filthy Friends New Album Emerald Valley Coming May 3, 2019

February 22, 2019

Kill Rock Stars is proud to announce the second full length album from Filthy Friends Emerald Valley. The album drops May 3, 2019. CLICK HERE TO PRE-ORDER YOUR COPY


The first releases from Filthy Friends, the scorchingly melodic rock group whose membership consists of some of the most original musical voices of the past three decades, came as a small, delightful shock to the system. Not only because of the names associated with the project, including Sleater-Kinney co-founder Corin Tucker, R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck and indie stalwarts Scott McCaughey and Kurt Bloch, but also because of how ably they were able to mesh their individual sounds into a crackling melodic whole on debut album Invitation.

Now, with their follow-up— Emerald Valley ,the Friends have proven their collective mettle, crafting a thematic suite of songs that finds the quintet digging deeper into their bag of musical tricks and giving Tucker room to rage about and mourn the fate of our planet and the people who inhabit it. The core idea came from a demo Buck shared with Tucker for a grinding blues song that eventually turned into this new album’s title track. The minute she heard it, Tucker says, it sparked something within her: “I had this long poem growing in my brain,” she says. “It turned into a sort of manifesto about the kind of place we are at as a country but also as a region. Just taking stock of where we’re at and feeling like I can’t believe we let things get this bad.” While Emerald Valley s tarts off with idyllic imagery (“Rolling fields, they speak your name/vibrant green is here again”), the album and its title track slowly reveal the ugly underneath, with human arrogance and hubris hurting the Earth and the people who take on “backbreaking work for little pay.”

From there, the Friends address growing concerns over oil production and distribution (“Pipeline”), gentrification and income inequality within the band’s hometown of Portland, Oregon (“One Flew East”), and taking on the voice of the desperate souls that are getting crushed under the wheels of capitalism (“Last Chance County”). The band paints these themes with many different shades of the rock palette, nestling a snapping punk tune between a bit of jangly pop and an almost-shoegaze ballad, with stops along the way for songs that burn as hot and move as slow as lava and tunes that stay steady and fast as a rocket launch. Emerald Valley is also a testament the indefatigable spirit of the Filthy Friends themselves. Scott McCaughey bounced back from a stroke he suffered in late 2017, which curtailed the band’s tour plans and is playing with more fire than ever. As well, Corin Tucker and Peter Buck were able to devise some amazing work even as their creative energies were being pulled toward other projects like Arthur Buck and Sleater-Kinney. Too, the band was able to bring a new member into the fold with drummer Linda Pitmon coming on board to replace Bill Rieflin without losing an ounce of their power.

We could all take a lesson from Filthy Friends. As proven by Emerald Valley, when a group of like-minded people gather their individual strengths together and point them toward a singular goal, there’s no telling how powerful they can become and what an impact they can make on the world at large.

(photo credit: John Clark | story by Girlie Action)

Filthy Friends' debut album Invitation out now!

August 28, 2017

Filthy Friends have released their debut album Invitation via Kill Rock Stars. To celebrate, Filthy Friends will perform in Los Angeles, Seattle, Brooklyn, Chicago and more. Complete tour dates below. Buy or stream Invitation here.


Filthy Friends is the product of like-minded individuals with nothing to prove getting together and making a heroic racket together that finds space for their many influences and interests. Lead singer Corin Tucker has left an indelible mark on the punk scene through her memberships in Sleater-Kinney and Heavens to Betsy. Guitarist Kurt Bloch has logged a lot of hours as the leader of The Fastbacks, as well as serving as a producer/mentor for up and coming Seattle rock groups. Drummer Bill Rieflin has a fine day job as one of the musicians in King Crimson, he appears on the record but is no longer a touring member. Drummer Linda Pitmon (The Baseball Project, Steve Wynn & The Miracle 3) has joined the band as a permanent member. Bassist Scott McCaughey keeps plenty busy doing studio work and mining the power pop underground with his long-running band the Young Fresh Fellows. As for the other guitarist Peter Buck has abandoned his position of Lord of the dance to play with Filthy Friends.

So far, the world has gotten to know Filthy Friends through a nicely scattershot batch of songs: “Despierta,” their entry into the anti-Trump project 30 Songs For 30 Days and the 2017 Record Store Day release featuring their original “Any Kind of Crowd” and a sinister take on Roxy Music’s “Editions of You.” Now this fierce collective is fanning the flames even hotter with the release of their debut full-length Invitation. Yes, it does slip their already released tracks into the mix, but what surrounds those tunes is oh so much more than you could have ever asked for.

The 12-song collection works through a flurry of different moods and styles, genre exercises and joyous experiments. The intricate guitar knots and blasts of bubblegum pop of Buck’s beloved Television are all over the herky-jerky “Windmill.” A mash-up of ‘60s downer vibes and rootsy rumblings makes up the marvelous “Second Life” whereas “Come Back Shelley” is all swagger and glitz in the style of a lost glam rock 45. There ain’t nothing this band can’t do with the wet clay of rock music and what they sculpt out of it is pure art.

Tour Dates:

8/29 - San Francisco, CA @ The Independent w/ Dressy Bessy
8/30 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Teragram Ballroom w/ Dressy Bessy
9/01 - Seattle, WA @ Bumbershoot
9/06 - Brooklyn, NY @ The Bell House w/ Versus
9/22 Chicago, IL @ Goose Island Block Party w/ Ted Leo and The Record Company
9/23 Cincinnati, OH @ Midpoint Music Festival


Filthy Friends announce debut album 'Invitation,' out 8/25

June 20, 2017

Exciting news! Filthy Friends (the supergroup of Corin Tucker, Peter Buck, Kurt Bloch, Scott McCaughey, and Bill Rieflin) will be releasing their debut album, Invitation, on August 25th. You can pre-order the album NOW on LP, CD, and MP3 from the Kill Rock Stars website.

Rolling Stone has premiered the band's new single, "The Arrival," and interviewed Corin Tucker and Peter Buck about the formation of the band and their songwriting process. Click here to read the article.



Filthy Friends tour dates

08/25 Eugene, OR @ Hi-Fi Music Hall w/ Wimps
08/26 Portland, OR @ Music Fest NW presents Project Pabst
08/29 San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
08/30 Los Angeles, CA @ The Terragram Ballroom
09/01 Seattle, WA @ Bumbershoot
09/06 Brooklyn, NY @ The Bell House w/ Versus

Filthy Friends announce debut album 'Invitation,' out 8/25

June 20, 2017

Exciting news! Filthy Friends (the supergroup of Corin Tucker, Peter Buck, Kurt Bloch, Scott McCaughey, and Bill Rieflin) will be releasing their debut album, Invitation, on August 25th. You can pre-order the album NOW on LP, CD, and MP3 from the Kill Rock Stars website

Rolling Stone has premiered the band's new single, "The Arrival," and interviewed Corin Tucker and Peter Buck about the formation of the band and their songwriting process. Click here to read the article.

Filthy Friends tour dates

08/25 Eugene, OR @ Hi-Fi Music Hall w/ Wimps
08/26 Portland, OR @ Music Fest NW presents Projet Pabst
08/29 San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
08/30 Los Angeles, CA @ The Terragram Ballroom
09/01 Seattle, WA @ Bumbershoot
09/06 Brooklyn, NY @ The Bell House w/ Versus


Filthy Friends announce debut album 'Invitation,' out 8/25

June 20, 2017

Exciting news! Filthy Friends (the supergroup of Corin Tucker, Peter Buck, Kurt Bloch, Scott McCaughey, and Bill Rieflin) will be releasing their debut album, Invitation, on August 25th. You can pre-order the album NOW on LP, CD, and MP3 from the Kill Rock Stars website

Rolling Stone has premiered the band's new single, "The Arrival," and interviewed Corin Tucker and Peter Buck about the formation of the band and their songwriting process. Click here to read the article.

Filthy Friends tour dates

08/25 Eugene, OR @ Hi-Fi Music Hall w/ Wimps
08/26 Portland, OR @ Music Fest NW presents Projet Pabst
08/29 San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
08/30 Los Angeles, CA @ The Terragram Ballroom
09/01 Seattle, WA @ Bumbershoot
09/06 Brooklyn, NY @ The Bell House w/ Versus


FILTHY FRIENDS DEBUT 7" AVAILABLE THIS RECORD STORE DAY!

April 21, 2017


Kill Rock Stars is proud to share the debut 7" from Filthy Friends. Filthy Friends is a David Bowie cover band, OR they are Corin Tucker (Sleater-Kinney), Peter Buck (R.E.M.), Scott McCaughey (Young Fresh Fellows), Kurt Bloch (The Fastbacks), Bill Rieflin (King Crimson, Ministry) and occasionally Krist Novoselic OR they are unemployed rodeo clowns from Ringling Bros. circus. Choose whatever “alternative facts” you like, and spin their new 7-inch this Record Store Day - Saturday, April 22, 2017. The rollicking tunes echoing from their party tent include the original “Any Kind of Crowd”, backed with the enthusiastic cover of the Roxy Music standard, “Editions of You”.

FILTHY FRIENDS SIGN TO KILL ROCK STARS! DEBUT 7" OUT APRIL 22nd

March 01, 2017

LISTEN TO THE PREMIERE OF "ANY KIND OF CROWD" ON THIS WEEK'S THE BEST SHOW!

We are super excited to announce the latest signing to the Kill Rock Stars roster, Filthy Friends! The band's new song "Any Kind of Crowd" debuted on last night's episode of The Best Show with Tom Scharpling. Click here to listen (the song starts at the 5-minute mark).

Filthy Friends is a David Bowie cover band... OR... they are Corin Tucker (Sleater-Kinney), Peter Buck (R.E.M.), Scott McCaughey (Young Fresh Fellows), Kurt Bloch (The Fastbacks), Bill Rieflin (King Crimson, Ministry), and occasionally Krist Novoselic... OR... they are unemployed rodeo clowns from Ringling Bros. Circus. Choose whatever “alternative facts” you like, and spin their new 7-inch this Record Store Day - Saturday, April 22, 2017. The rollicking tunes echoing from their party tent include the original “Any Kind of Crowd,” backed with the enthusiastic cover of the Roxy Music standard, “Editions of You.”