...songs that instrumentally, feel optimistic and upbeat, but are filled with poetic lyricism touching on dark and slightly sinister topics.
— Listen Live and Local


Friends of the Bog combines the raucous folk-punk of DIY bands like The Violent Femmes and Neutral Milk Hotel with the gentle parlour sound of classic Americana outfits like The Carter Family and The Weavers.

Founded by six real-life friends in the winter of 2015, the band quickly progressed from playing variety shows around Chicago to recording their debut EP with Steve Albini. Their thoughtful, evocative lyrics are balanced by intricately arranged songs and energetic, theatrical live performances.

In Chicago, Friends of the Bog has headlined shows at Schubas, Martyrs, Beat Kitchen, and Quencher’s, among others. They've also toured nationally in the Midwest and on the East Coast.

In 2018, the band released Lyra, their first full-length album.

2019 saw the release of Glow Worm, a two-sided, self-recorded single released on the band’s own Preserve Records label.



Matt Beard // Vocals, guitar

Patrick Budde // Vocals, guitar, mandolin, banjo

Gaby FeBland // Vocals, accordion, autoharp

Beth Hyland // Vocals, keyboard

Jake Pollock // Bass

Josh Scott // Drums, vocals


Photographs by Jim Vondruska and Charles Pearson.