Do you flake? Forget names or birthdays? Screen phone calls? Are you a bad friend? Stuart von Stein can sympathize. Its the conundrum at the center of local shambling rock quintet Bad Friend.
People are always putting a guilt trip on you, and you feel if you dont do this, youre a bad friend, von Stein says. At the same time, how can you be a bad friend? Because a friend is a good person. And thats tough to be.
Indeed, who are we to judge? As they point out in the somewhat undiplomatically titled Taco, sometimes a bad friend can be a good friend too. The song conjures memories of Dinosaur Jr.s fuzzy, sun-baked warmth, Sebadohs ramshackle charm and the Pixies rhythmic thrum. Von Stein sings about a late-night hook-up arriving without warning like some car crash/scam, and confesses his worst nature: Its a lie when I say, Im lonely. Its a lie when I say, Its strange. Its here that a bad friend comes in handy.
Its one instance where you dont really know whats good for you, and I think that tends to happen to a lot of us in the band, von Stein says with a snicker.
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Tue., Aug. 12, 9 p.m., 2008