Listen: Real Friends drop ‘Unconditional Love’

Real Friends’ new album is just a couple of days away, but the band is giving fans another new song to hold them over until then. On Monday (July 9), the Illinois-founded band released the official third single from their upcoming record, Composure. Titled “Unconditional Love,” the new song can be streamed above.

“Unconditional Love” will join previously released tracks “From the Outside” and “Smiling on the Surface” on the group’s third studio album. Composure is due out this Friday, July 13, through Fearless Records. Pre-orders for the new record are still available on the band’s website here.

The record was produced by Mike Green whose resume includes The Aces, All Time Low, the Mowgli’s, and Paramore.

In a press statement released back in June, bassist Kyle Fasel revealed that the forthcoming ten-track album was the first time the band put a lot of time and effort into not only the individual tracks, 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.”

Composure is the follow-up to band’s 2016 release, The Home Inside My Head.

In support of the album’s release, the band is currently playing the final Vans Warped Tour.

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Real Friends announce new album with new single

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”
9. “Ripcord”
10. “Take A Hint”

Bands join forces for Orlando compilation

Following the horrific Pulse Nightclub shooting, musicians have gathered to help support the victims/families of the shooting and the city of Orlando however they can. Panic! at the Disco held a blood drive and released a limited edition t-shirt with all proceeds being donate. PVRIS and Beartooth did the same by releasing limited edition t-shirts while You Blew It!, who call Orlando home, released an EP benefiting Center Orlando, an LGBT center providing counseling in the wake of the shooting.

On Friday (June 17), it was announced that a slew of artists have joined forces to release a compilation titled Forever Beautiful: A Collection Of Love For Orlando. The record will feature a total of 49 bands with all proceeds from the release going directly to the OneOrlando fund; the fund created to assist those who were victims of the shooting. Bands like  Taking Back Sunday, Real Friends, New Found Glory, Modern Baseball, Allison Weiss, Knuckle Puck, Foxing, Bad Religion, Somos, Anthony Green, You Blew It!, Into It. Over It., Pity Sex, Pinegrove, the Menzingers, Citizen, Thin Lips, Sorority Noise, Tiny Moving Parts, Turnover, Anti Flag, Tigers Jaw, Basement, and more are featured on the massive album. 

“This compilation is a love letter to the community of Orlando, FL. Following the tragic events at Pulse Nightclub on June 12th, we wanted to show our support and love for our LGBTQ community the best way we knew how; through music,” begins a collective statement from all the contributing artists.

“The tracks on this album were all individually contributed by the bands and artists themselves; artists from Orlando, New York, California, England, and all over the globe. All proceeds from this compilation will be donated to support the victims of the Pulse shooting as part of the OneOrlando Fund as a symbol of solidarity as our city rebuilds. The price of this album is whatever amount you would like to donate to this cause.”

The compilation can be found here. If you want to help out and donate directly to OneOrlando, that link can be found here.

Real Friends premiere new single, ‘Mess’

Real Friends has returned with their brand new single, “Mess.” On Friday (May 6), the self-proclaimed “sad boys” from Illinois partnered with SPIN to exclusively debuted the brand new song. “Mess” is the latest from their sophomore album, The Home Inside My Head, due out later this month. Speaking with the publication about the song, bassist Kyle Fasel admits that the song is about “self-examination” and about believing that there is a “light at the end of the dark tunnel.”

“‘Mess’ is a song about self-examination. It’s about finding the light even in the darkest of rooms. The lyrical content has many moments of looking back and knowing that things get better. When I was younger it was always looking back and missing what I once had. But now I realize that the way I was, or the things I had, shaped me into who I am today. I find myself looking back in a more positive way. ‘Mess’ is another chapter in getting better.”

Listen/watch the video for “Mess” below which was recorded during their $5 tour earlier this year.

The Home Inside My Head is set to be released on May 27 through Fearless Records. In support of the new album, the band is set to perform on the Journey’s Right Foot Stage during this summer’s Vans Warped Tour run.

So What?! Music Festival Unveil More Artists for 2016

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The So What?! Music Festival just keeps getting bigger and better. A little under a month since their last update, the folks behind So What?! have unveiled a large list of artists taking the stage at the weekend-long show in March of 2016. Back in October, it was announced that acts like New Found Glory, Bayside, Being As An Ocean, Emery, Saosin featuring Anthony Green on vocals, and more would be making their way to Grand Prairie for the tenth annual event.

Before that, The Devil Wears Prada, Beartooth, and the recently reunited Underoath had been confirmed for the festival as well. On Tuesday (Dec. 1), festival organizers did not hold back, announcing a lineup that will make any pop-punk fan want to book a hotel and plane ride to Grand Prairie during that weekend in March.

Instead of us listing all the acts that will be playing at So What?! Music Festival, we’ll just tell you to look at the lineup below, because we’re pretty much stoked (even though we probably won’t be making it) for the festival.

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And to think, “third announcement more TBA” means more acts will be announced soon.

The So What?! Music Festival is scheduled to take place during the weekend of March 19-20, 2016 at the QuikTrip Park in Grand Prairie, TX. Tickets for the weekend festivities are currently on sale, so if you have the time and the cash, now might be a good time to get them.

Mayday Parade to Headline the 2015 AP Tour

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Last week Mayday Parade announced they would be releasing their fifth studio album, Black Lines, later this year. Now, several days after the announcement, the Florida band have revealed that they will be the headliners for this year’s’ Alternative Press Tour,’ aka ‘The AP Tour.’

This year’s installation of The AP Tour is the first in three years. The last trek was back in 2012 and was primarily focused on harder sounding bands like Miss May I and The Ghost Inside.

This year’s tour is also the second time Mayday Parade has been featured on the bill. The band first made an appearance on the line-up back in 2009 when they headed out alongside the likes of The Academy Is…, Set Your Goals, The Secret Handshake, and You Me at Six.

Heading out alongside the five-piece will be “sad boys” Real Friends, This Wild Life, and As It Is. The 2015 AP Tour will kick off at the House of Blues in Boston on Oct. 14 and wrap up on Nov. 25 at the House of Blues in Orlando.

The complete list of tour dates can be seen below.

2015 AP TOUR DATES:

10/14 – House of Blues – Boston, MA
10/15 – Electric Factory – Philadelphia, PA
10/16 – Starland Ballroom – Sayreville, NJ
10/18 – The Fillmore – Silver Spring, MD
10/20 – Best Buy Theater – New York, NY
10/21 – Town Ballroom – Buffalo, NY
10/22 – Danforth Music Hall – Toronto, ON
10/23 – House of Blues – Cleveland, OH
10/24 – Stage AE – Pittsburgh, PA
10/25 – The Crofoot – Pontiac, MI
10/29 – Mill City Nights – Minneapolis, MN
10/30 – Wooly’s – Des Moines, IA
10/31 – Granada Theater – Lawrence, KS
11/1 – Cain’s Ballroom – Tulsa, OK
11/3 – Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO
11/4 – The Complex – Salt Lake City, UT
11/5 – Knitting Factory – Boise, ID
11/7 – Showbox at the Market – Seattle, WA
11/8 – Wonder Ballroom – Portland, OR
11/10 – Ace of Spades – Sacramento, CA
11/12 – House of Blues – Anaheim, CA
11/13 – Soma – San Diego, CA
11/14 – Marquee Theatre – Tempe, AZ
11/15 – Hard Rock – Las Vegas, NV
11/17 – Aztec Theatre – San Antonio, TX
11/18 – House of Blues – Houston, TX
11/20 – House of Blues – Dallas, TX
11/21 – Emo’s – Austin, TX
11/22 – House of Blues – New Orleans, LA
11/24 – Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
11/25 – House of Blues – Orlando, FL

Mayday Parade’s impending new record is set to be released on Oct. 9 through Fearless Records while a snippet of the first single, “Keep In Mind, Transmogrification Is A New Technology,” can be heard here.

Skate and Surf Fest Update 2015 Line-Up

Skate and Surf Festival 2015 - Asbury Park, NJ - May 16th & 17th *RAIN OR SHINE

Just when you thought Skate and Surf Fest had announced all the acts slated to take the stage next month in New Jersey, you find out, they weren’t quite done.

Two months after unveiling the so-called “complete” line-up for the weekend-long festival, organizers added a couple of more bands to the already packed line-up.

Joining previously announced acts like the Dropkick Murphys, Thrice, Acceptance, Manchester Orchestra and more will be Hit the Lights, Cancer Bats, Diamond youth, No Good News, Souvenirs and lastly, Real Friends.

“Skate and Surf has always been a pretty significant event to us,” reveals Real Friends bassist Kyle Fasel.

“It definitely holds a special place in my heart and memory. Very stoked!”

Check out the announcement below.

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For those who have not been keeping tabs on the lengthy list of bands, the newly revised list can be seen here.

2015 SKATE AND SURF FEST LINE-UP:

Aaron West (Acoustic)
Acceptance
Alcoa
American Nightmare
Attila
Beach Slang
Big D & The Kids Table
Cancer Bats
Chunk! No, Captain Chunk!
Cloud Nothings
Dads
Defeater
Diamond Youth
Dropkick Murphys
Elder Brother
Fireworks
Four Year Strong
From Autumn To Ashes
Gates
Gideon
Head North
Hit the Lights
Hot Rod Circuit
Iron Chic
Kevin Devine and the Goddamn Band
Light Years
Major League
Manchester Orchestra
mewithoutYou
Modern Baseball
Motionless in White
No Good News
Nora
Pentimento
Pianos Become the Teeth
Poison the Well
Real Friends
Rebuilder
Rozwell Kid
Runaway Brother
Small Brown Bike
Sorority Noise
Souvenirs
Spraynard
Steady Hands
Superheaven
Terror
The Front Bottoms
The Gaslight Anthem
The Parlor Mob
The Scandals
The So So Glos
The Story So Far
The Weaks
The Wonder Years
Thrice

Skate and Surf Fest will return to their home of Asbury Park on May 16 and 17. Tickets are still on sale so you might want to get them if you haven’t yet.

Real Friends to Release Record Store Day EP

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Real Friends took to Twitter, and probably every other social media account of theirs, earlier in the day to tease some big news to their followers

With in 15 minutes of that announcement, the Illinois band had revealed that they will be releasing a new EP titled More Acoustic Songs on Record Store Day (April 18).

In a video that they posted, the track list for the vinyl release was unveiled. “I Don’t Love You Anymore,” Late Nights in My Car,” and “Summer” will be featured on the record as well as a cover of The Starting Line’s song, “Island”

Check out the teaser below.

In a statement, both bassist Kyle Fasel and vocalist Dan Lambton revealed their excitement to be a part of this year’s Record Store Day and as to why they decided to go the acoustic route for the release.

“We are stoked to showcase our songs in acoustic form,” said Fasel.

“The main reason we did this was for personal taste. We all have connected with acoustic music in the past and currently. It’s also an added bonus to highlight these versions of our songs to our fans. It shows our songs in another light that we are very excited about sharing.”

“I am extremely excited that Real Friends is being included in this year’s Record Store Day,” added Lambton.

“RSD gives people a reason to leave the comfort of their homes and the ease of online shopping in order to have an actual experience when buying new music. It can introduce younger listeners to great record stores in their areas that they might not otherwise find if they were to strictly do their record shopping online. To be a part of something that is continually providing exciting releases to highlight and celebrate vinyl is very humbling.”

More Acoustic Songs will be available only at independent record store on Record Store Day.

In other news, Real Friends will be heading out on tour this spring alongside The Maine, Knuckle Puck, and The Technicolors. Full tour dates can be seen here.

A Day to Remember Unveil Full Self Help 2015 Line-Up

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With just over a week until A Day to Remember’s Self Help Festival, the band have released a flyer with the complete list of performers slated to take the stage in California next weekend.

The official flyer with the complete line-up can be seen below.

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Like the flyers says, the second annual (we hope it’s going to be an annual thing) will be returning to the NOS Event Center in San Bernardino, CA next Saturday (March 7). Tickets are still available for those liking the line-up and thinking about heading there next week.

The Maine Show Appreciation for the “English Girls”

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The Maine gave fans big news last month when they announced that they not only had a new album coming out sometime in 2015 titled American Candy, but that they would also be taking to the road in support of said album in the Spring alongside Real Friends, Knuckle Puck, and the Technicolors.

Now, the band have given those dedicated fans the chance to stream the first single off of their fifth studio album; a track titled “English Girls.”

Check out the lyric video for “English Girls” below, directly from the band.

American Candy is set to be released on March 31 independently in partnership with their management team, 8123. The band did the same thing in 2013 when they released their fourth studio album, Forever Halloween.

Pre-orders for the upcoming record are currently available on both the band’s website and iTunes.