"Friends in life are special"
Ween has been doing the whole 'indie-rock' thing long before it ever was a 'thing' to do. Founders Aaron Freeman (Gene Ween) and Mickey Melchiondo (Dean Ween) met in 1984 in a middle school typing class, and soon began churning out an endless stream of basement tapes. Over the years, Ween has gradually amassed a sizeable and devoted fanbase, largely without the help of mainstream media. (The closest they ever got to mainstream acceptance was in 2002 when they were hired to write a jingle for Pizza Hut's "Insider Pizza").
In spite of that debacle, Ween has boldly forged on and now presents us with their freshly produced "The Friends" EP. From the official press release: "We have recorded a lot of new material the past year and we wanted to give you an appetizer for the summer. It is the ultimate party record, filled with good beats and good times. Perfect for your barbecue or doing bong hits or whatever it is that you guys do." The EP is five tracks long, and in typical Ween style, covers five different genres of music: techno, rock, reggae, salsa, and 80s pop ballads.
"The Friends" EP is available exclusively through Ween's own label, Chocodog Records, until early July, at which point it will hit record store shelves. Look for the new full length album sometime in the fall. Until then, check out a track from the EP below, which could well be the jam of the summer.
Ween - Friends