Release Date: Jun 19, 2007
Record label: Chocodog
Genre(s): Rock, Alternative
Review Summary: The Friends EP can be seen as both a limited misstep and as an effective teaser for their later due full length.It may not seem like it, but the followers of the Boognish have anticipated 2007 like no other. You would have to go back to 2003 to hear the most recent new music from their beloved Ween, an album which has since been followed up by a live CD/DVD and a collection of remastered b-sides. Both of these items are nice and have some quality stuff on them, but neither are a substitute for new material.
If the rumors are true and we're dealing with a clean and sober Ween, then these are troubled times, indeed. After eight albums and two masterful and expletive-laden Pizza Hut jingles, the brothers Ween need to strap on that jammy pac to have any chance of coming up with something new. The title track on the Friends EP, Dean and Gene's first new release since 2003's Quebec, is an appropriation of a Pet Shop Boys dance number, with brilliantly simple lyrics like "A friend's a friend who knows what being a friend is." It's jarring, for sure, but it's an interesting stretch for Ween, which has never done roller-disco-meets-gay-bar electronica before.