Free Friends, featuring the talents of Maryland power couple Ben and Lauren DeHan alongside new drummer, Gil Perez, have released their debut single, “Taking Time.” Their first Matt Malpass produced release also features the vocal talents of Nick Thompson of Hit The Lights and Thief Club.
Baltimore pop punk royalty, Ben DeHan has planted his feet firmly back into his roots with the latest single from his newest project, Free Friends. “Taking Time,” produced in California with Matt Malpass (Blink-182, Magnolia Park), is a “raw and unfiltered anthem that plunges deep into the abyss of life’s crossroads,” according to DeHan, “an invitation to step into the unknown, to embrace life’s tumultuous ride, and to find solace in the chaos.”
“Taking Time” acknowledges the spirit of the struggle outlined in DeHan’s prior releases like “Broken Bones” and “Last Flight,” but the culmination of “Taking Time” feels thoroughly more elevated and optimistic. It isn’t just the music video’s setting in Myrtle Beach, SC that sets this tone, but an aura established from the lyrics, chord progressions, and augmented throughout the production.
And forever seems less distant / When I’m staring at these waves / If you called me I would answer / But I just can’t stay the same
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When D.C. venues were ready to reopen after COVID-19, indie pop duo GLOSSER was ready to perform. The two, Riley Fanning and Corbin Sheehan, formed the band pre-COVID out of a shared aesthetic vision and passion for music storytelling.
Their first album *DOWNER* was released in January 2023, however they have decided to release a [__deluxe version__](https://open.spotify.com/album/0KLORhtj3ohV4FtbdjoKu5?si=iNZX9fiZSm2M6V8pRdBkow) exactly one year later containing four new tracks – two remixes, a reimagined song, and a cover – that they are hoping will give it a second life and allow them to continue performing around the area.
The band explains that they have spent many shows opening for touring bands that traveled through D.C. “We made music and then venues started to open again,” Sheehan says. Rather than having the “typical grungy” D.C. band experience, they uniquely went straight to club shows.