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Fairweather Friend


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Love's Year: The EP - 2005
Six Strings, Five Days... - 2008



Fairweather Friend's formation as a band is the uncommon result of a very common scenario in music. Frontman Alex Saiz had recently departed from his former project as a drummer, in the hopes of forming a new lineup that better fit his musical vision. After three months of searching, the band was nearly complete with the addition of Aaron Ford on guitar, and the music store discovery of Matt Mausner on bass. Brad Carman, on keys, was added soon thereafter and was a truly unique find, being brought in by the friend of a friend of a friend. A month later, Karl Riecken was added on drums and the lineup was complete.

With a small batch of songs already in place by completion of the lineup, Fairweather Friend released their debut EP rather quickly in early 2005. Although barely a band at the time of its release, Love's Year: The EP spoke volumes for both their song-writing potential, and for the jazz roots of the band as a whole. As another batch of songs were written slowly in the subsequent months, local shows began lining up.

After playing Orlando mainstays like The Social, Backbooth, Will's Pub and Hard Rock Live, as well as the Florida Music Festival and Anti-Pop Music Fest, the next step was both apparent and necessary; it was time to begin work on a full-length record. Having learned scores of lessons both in the studio and on the road in 2005, Fairweather Friend was determined to settle for nothing less than the best album their efforts could create. After playing the first-ever Anti-Pop Music Festival in Orlando in November 2005, the band began recording work for the album.

What started as an estimated 6-month project turned into a two year labor-of-love obsession. Intent on capturing the best-possible studio album from home, Fairweather Friend meticulously crafted every riff, every chorus, and every backing vocal, until it was to their standards. Now, almost two and a half years to the day, the album is complete and ready to hit shelves in May 2008.

In 2008 the band is gearing up for what they hope to be an undeniably strong campaign in support of their debut full-length album, "Six Strings, Five Days..." Fairweather Friend hopes to make waves well beyond the state of Florida. After that, it's back to central Florida to prepare for a fourth straight showcase at Florida Music Festival. The summer will undoubtedly find the band touring around the state as well as the Southeast, as they continue to build steam in hopes of becoming one of 2008's premier breakout artists.