Friends and Amigos (formerly Gabrielle Zwi and Friends) release a new anthem for those that do not feel like a cool kid, “Sitting On Tables.”
New DMV-based genre nonconforming four-piece band, Friends and Amigos, released their debut single, “Sitting on Tables,” on April 21st. As you may have noticed, April was Autism Acceptance/Appreciation/Awareness Month. I found out I was autistic about three years ago when I was 20. The sense of clarity that washed over me was relieving and eye-opening to say the least. To say I relate to this song would be an understatement. The cover art was created by Gabrielle Zwi by combining different images. Produced by our friend here at Alchemical Records, Dave Mallen, this track makes me want to walk in circles with nowhere to go.
Friends and Amigos (formerly Gabrielle Zwi and Friends) consists of Gabrielle Zwi on ukulele and vocals, Avinash Ali on bass, Levi Hebeisen on guitar, and Spencer Marcotte on drums. This is not the first time we have covered a Gabrielle Zwi project, and it is certainly not my first time writing about one. In 2022 I interviewed them about autism and activism and covered their song, “Guns to a Playground Fight.”
It is extremely difficult to pinpoint a specific lyric that I relate to the most. The chorus sums it up perfectly to me. “‘Cause we’re foolish/Never quite like the cool kids/Always making fools out of ourselves/And we’re cool with doing things that the cool kids say are dumb/We’re having fun” To me, these lyrics paint a picture about my life as an autistic woman growing up(even though I was not aware of my autism). I do make a fool of myself, but I am having fun while doing so, and that makes me “cool” in my eyes.
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Maura Marcellino is studying business and environmental sustainability at George Mason University. When she is not studying, Maura enjoys listening to music and spending time with friends and family.
Queer duo Witch Weather discuss new album and the influence of the DMV on their sound.
Philadelphia-based queer punks Witch Weather have a message for anyone who feels hopeless and worthless: you are not alone. With an irresistible sound that draws from 80’s goth and lo-fi grunge, the indie duo wears their heart on their sleeve, giving voice to complex emotions that many would opt to suppress in the recesses of their minds.
Join Alchemical Records as they connect with Witch Weather to discuss the band’s new self-titled album, their search for a sense of belonging as members of the queer community, the important element that keeps the duo’s creative bond strong, and the influence of the DMV on their sound.