For Fans Of: Knuckle Puck, Modern Baseball, Neck Deep, and The Wonder Years
Tracks To Check Out: Empty Picture Frames, Mokena, and Colder Quicker
So much new music has been released recently and with that comes Real Friends‘ new album The Home Inside My Head! If you weren’t excited for this one already, you should be because it delivers to listeners the originality of what Real Friends’ has always been. The band’s solid sound is delivered through this album, the sound that they have worked to grow since taking shape in 2010. The five-piece pop punk band from Tinley Park, Illinios includes Dan Lambton (vocals), Dave Knox (guitar), Eric Haines (guitar), Kyle Fassel (bass guitar) and Brian Blake (drums). They were signed to Fearless Records in 2013 and The Home Inside My Head was released on May 27, 2016.
We start with ‘Stay in One Place’, a song that immediately reminds me of their album Maybe This Place is the Same and We’re Just Changing and this makes me really happy. The melody is similar to an older track, ‘I Don’t Love You Anymore’ off of the album mentioned above. With a fast paced tempo, Dan’s voice launches listeners into a journey of emotions including what could be heartbreak, sadness, and soul searching. ‘Mokena’ starts soft with a slow and soft melody, just a guitar accompanying Dan’s voice in the first verse, before there is a breakdown and he belts out the words that really drew me to this song. A look back on another time gives listeners a sense of nostalgia; thinking back to how things used to be. One of my favourite lyrics being: “I’m fucking up and getting over it.” The words speak more than truth for not just me but others too. This album speaks the thoughts that many have been too confused to put into words. By the end of the album, listeners are ready for something uplifting. Real Friends manages this with their song ‘Colder Quicker’. The faster tempo, filled with Dan Lambton’s meaningful voice, reassures us that we all feel this way sometimes. This song was debuted at the Vans Warped Tour Announcement Party back in March.
I can honestly say that there hasn’t been a Real Friends album that I haven’t related to in some way. The words that Lambton shares can connect to the audience on a more emotional level. This albums collection of songs that include themes of relationships, isolation, and feeling lost are all themes in the bands audience of teenagers. Although, I recommend listening to The Home Inside My Head from start to finish, in order to take in all it has to offer.