TALL FRIEND – SAFELY NOBODY’S – EXPLODING IN SOUND – OUT NOW
Tall Friend began as Charlie Pfaff’s solo project in the summer of 2014. Their songs are an outlet;
a way for Pfaff to express and process intense experiences and emotions in a healthy way. In
2015, their close friend Cale Cuellar joined in as a second guitarist. The two played shows around
Washington, DC for several months before drummer Jesse Paller joined the band. In January
2016, all three members met up at Jesse’s house to flesh out some songs Charlie had written,
Tall Friend’s first release, the semi-self titled Tawl Friend EP.
Originally self-released, the EP was re-released earlier this year on Exploding in Sound Records
in anticipation of Tall Friend’s full length debut, Safely Nobody’s. Out now, the album
documents Charlie’s experiences as a young person growing up in an abusive and unstable
household. The lyrics grapple with Charlie’s inability to juggle interpersonal relationships (caring
for both their mentally ill mother, their friends, and themself), wanting to find an escape, and
healthy growth. With Jesse on drums and Cale and Charlie switching between bass and guitar,
the songs became something bigger and more complex. Intricate guitar parts complement simple,
yet profound bass lines as lyrics paint a portrait of both heartache and strength.