Illinois pop-punk band Real Friends released their first full length album, Maybe This Place is the Same and We’re Just Changing June 23rd. As one of the biggest pop-punk bands around, Kyle Fasel, Dave Knox, Dan Lambton, Brian Blake and Eric Haines all had a plethora of expectations weighing on them up to the release of the album.
Real Friends have consistently been on tour since the release of Put Yourself Back Together in June 2014. In the midst of being on tour with the Vans Warped Tour this summer, Real Friends have been putting out singles all summer, hyping up the new album. Thankfully, the hype was well worth it.
Maybe This Place is the Same and We’re Just Changing is a fantastic full length album for the band. Known for their catchy choruses, lyrics about bony knees and sleepy eyes, and plenty of sing-a-longs Real Friends have matured lyrically and personally on this album. Don’t be mistaken, this album is all about the sing-a-longs and catchy choruses but still has a sense of maturity that all fans should appreciate. Lyrics off the album are still highly relatable to any 16-25 year old and can easily be sung back to Lambton (vocals) and the rest of the band during a sweaty, pop punk show.
One of their singles, “Sixteen” is a perfect example of the real Real Friends and this new step forward they have taken on the new album. “I’ve called myself young and stupid but lately I feel old and desperate. I find it kind of weird how you find yourself when you have no one. I look for all the right things in all the wrong places.” Real Friends have become so popular because of lyrics like these. Lyrics that every fan can easily relate to. The gang write some of the most honest, heartfelt songs.
“I Don’t Love You Anymore” the single off of the new album is chock full of these brutally honest lyrics that almost make you cringe and make you feel sorry for Lambton. “Now I’m just like the pictures that you take. I’m nothing but something that once was like colors that fade away in the sunlight. They’re nothing special like they used to be.”
The new album will certainly please new and old listeners.
You can stream the entire album on Youtube.
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