What No Friends is trying to do is add another voice to the conversation of DIY/independent music and art. We want to not only cover bands and musicians, but artists, comedians, podcasters, small indie businesses, and folks just generally trying to do their own thing.
We are a not-for-profit quarterly publication based out of Chicago, IL. We are staffed entirely by volunteers who are in it for the sole purpose of supporting DIY/independent arts. We are contributor based and community oriented. Our outlook is that most of us have more in common than not, and if you're reading this you probably have some kind of connection to the underground arts scene – and that alone puts us on the same side. We want to have a diverse groups of voices, with different opinions, all working together to make something that represents more than just a little corner of the independent underground.
DIY/indie culture is huge and vast, incredibly nuanced, and ever growing and changing – we want to help document this and the people involved.
Everyone keeps saying that zines have pretty much died... and we think that's bullshit.
Yet, we do understand that it's 2016, so we're trying to find a balance between the perfect zine to leave on the coffee table, or next to the toilet, and the perfect digital read for your phone or device. So what we're doing is printing a tangible zine, but also making it available immediately digitally as a downloadable pdf file. Now, why the hell would anyone buy a magazine when they could just download it? Good question.
Because it comes with a record.
Every physical issue of No Friends comes with a flexi record featuring artists we think are pretty great and that you should know about. The music on the record won't come with the download, so the only way to get it is to buy a physical copy of the zine/record. Yeah, it'll end up on the internet eventually – but so will all of us once the singularity comes. Til then, the real music fiends and collectors will have to buy an issue of No Friends to get these crucial tunes in their home.
What we're also trying to do here is to expand the way we use DIY/independent networks – and show how people can get things out there themselves. By having records with the zines, we will have artists selling zines – exposing who knows who, in who knows where, to our take on the world. At the same time, we're gonna have readers checking out brand new musicians and artists that they may not be exposed to otherwise. To some people this will be a zine that comes with a record. To others this will be a record series that comes with a zine.
We couldn't care less which side you're on – as long as you're on our side.