12 Songs, 37 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

On their sophomore album, these Chicago upstarts abandon pop-punk’s juvenile humor for reckless hunger and raw emotion. In its relentless, spontaneous intensity, “Isolating Everything” echoes not just Jimmy Eat World, but the earlier, more challenging emo of Sunny Day Real Estate. Meanwhile, “Mess” is a Molotov cocktail of wildness and tenderness to please any fans of Paul Westerberg and the Replacements. Even the snappy pop of “Colder Quicker” has real bite to it, while the half time rhythms of “Mokena” afford intimate access to the sandpapered surface of Dan Lambton’s voice.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics. Mastered for iTunes

EDITORS’ NOTES

On their sophomore album, these Chicago upstarts abandon pop-punk’s juvenile humor for reckless hunger and raw emotion. In its relentless, spontaneous intensity, “Isolating Everything” echoes not just Jimmy Eat World, but the earlier, more challenging emo of Sunny Day Real Estate. Meanwhile, “Mess” is a Molotov cocktail of wildness and tenderness to please any fans of Paul Westerberg and the Replacements. Even the snappy pop of “Colder Quicker” has real bite to it, while the half time rhythms of “Mokena” afford intimate access to the sandpapered surface of Dan Lambton’s voice.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics. Mastered for iTunes
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Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
47 Ratings
47 Ratings
sweeeetbro

This just isn't that good...

I like Real Friends. Their two EPs are still the best of their material. I enjoyed their debut album as well, it definitely had some great songs on it. But The Home Inside My Head just sounds way too dramatic. The best song on here is Colder Quicker, no question. It's fun and catchy and honestly no other song on the album comes close. Sure, they touch on some heartfelt and personal lyrics, and I can always respect that. But there's a point to where I just don't care and I don't want to hear about their problems in every song. I personally can't stand the song Mokena, it is so boring and it seems to drag on forever. They're becoming an emotional Mayday Parade esqe band. This album sceams "I'm the saddest person ever" and it gets old. They're a good band with a lot of potential but I really hope they come back next time with a punch through the floorboards.

brewpunkhead

Sick Song!

It took me a while to get into real friends becasue they are pretty real and intense but now i listen to them all the time. for anyone trying to get into pop punk or real friends this song will help you get started. and once you do you want be able to stop listening to them!! DOPE!

Pop punk Joe

10/10 words of recommend

Real Friends never disappoint!

About Real Friends

Emo punk-pop group Real Friends were formed in 2010 in Tinley Park, Illinois, a suburb on the South Side of Chicago, by bassist/lyricist Kyle Fasel and guitarist Dave Knox. Heavily inspired by bands such as Brand New and the Starting Line, the group's introspective, cathartic songs featured lyrics that often addressed physical and mental health issues, as well as the troubles of moving on. Also featuring vocalist Dan Lambton and drummer Aaron Schuck, Real Friends recorded debut EP This Is Honesty, which they self-released in 2011. Drummer Brian Blake replaced Schuck shortly afterwards, and Eric Haines joined as the band's second guitarist. Three more self-released EPs arrived in 2012, and in 2013 the band's EP Put Yourself Back Together was simultaneously released by Synergy Records, Banquet Records, and Glamour Kills. Fearless Records signed the band toward the end of 2013, and debut album Maybe This Place Is the Same and We're Just Changing arrived in 2014. The album was an immediate success, charting at number 24 in the Billboard 200 album chart, and the group performed as part of the 2014 Vans Warped Tour. Fearless Records released a limited one-sided Real Friends EP, More Acoustic Songs, on Record Store Day in April of 2015. In early 2016, Real Friends entered the studio to record their second full-length album, an album of more deeply personal and emotionally hard-hitting material. The album The Home Inside My Head was released in May 2016. ~ Jason Lymangrover

ORIGIN
Tinley Park, IL
FORMED
2010

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