Earlier this month, Real Friends dropped a brand new song; their first since going on an unofficial, year-long hiatus due to vocalist Dan Lambton’s bipolar diagnosis. On Monday (June 18), the Illinois-founded band confirmed that the new song was not a one-off single, but rather part of an upcoming new record. Titled Composure, the group’s third studio album is due out July 13 through Fearless Records.
According to bassist Kyle Fasel, the forthcoming, ten-track album —which was produced by Mike Green— was the first time the band put a lot of effort and time into not only the individual songs, but the album as a whole.
“We have never put this much time and effort into a record,” begins Fasel. “Composure is everything we’ve always come up short on. We focused more on melodies than ever before. We focused more on the overall emotional climate of each song than ever before. I truly think that every song on the record stands on its own. But when all the songs come together it creates our best effort to date.”
In conjunction with the new album announcement, the band also released another new song from Composure; a tune titled “Smiling on the Surface.” Stream the new song above.
Pre-orders for Composure are currently available on Real Friends’ website. The band is offering a slew of different bundles for every price range. All pre-orders will include instant downloads of “Smiling on the Surface,” “Get By,” and “From the Outside.”
Prior to the new album announcement, the band had a small group of hometown fans RSVP to three acoustic shows. Instead of playing an acoustic set, the five-piece announced the release of Composure and played the complete album for them. Watch some footage from the surprise sets here.
Composure is the follow-up to the band’s 2016 release, The Home Inside My Head.
In support of the summertime release, the quintet will embark on the final Vans Warped Tour this summer.
For now, the complete track listing for Composure can be seen below.
COMPOSURE TRACK LIST:
1. “Me First”
2. “Stand Steady”
3. “From the Outside”
4. “Smiling on the Surface”
5. “Hear What You Want”
6. “Unconditional Love”
7. “Composure ”
8. “Get By”
10. “Take A Hint”