There are PLENTY of places you can pitch your press. Think outside your circles into international waters, baby! If you don't know what your local press looks like, it's time to figure that out. It's as easy as searching Google or Instagram. They're not trying to hide from you, you just have to look through all the garbage out there.
Even during our current lockdown, we can support other acts. It's as simple as talking! Start today! Pick and local band and follow the crap outta them!
Now I'm not saying that your friends are useless, or that they're not necessary for a musician's vocation. This post is just a little reminder that you being able to get five of your friends to listen to your music is the least amount of effort you can put into expanding your career (I'm sure you don't need that reminder)