September 28, 2021

Indianapolis' Public Universal Friend Launches Debut Album

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Jody Friend and Public Universal Friend perform in the WFYI studio. - Jeff Hinton/WFYI

Jody Friend and Public Universal Friend perform in the WFYI studio.

Jeff Hinton/WFYI

“Perennials” is the debut album from the Indianapolis rock band Public Universal Friend. The record served as a coming out for the group’s vocalist and songwriter Jody Friend, who used the project’s release to publicly acknowledge her identity as a trans woman.

WFYI’s Kyle Long spoke with Friend after her band’s performance for Small Studio Sessions.

They discussed the significance of the group’s name, and how it connects to the music she is creating with Public Universal Friend.

See the band's Small Studio Session, and hear Kyle’s entire interview with Jody Friend at wfyi.org/smallstudio.

Small Studio Sessions is made possible with support from Sun King Brewing.

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