Real Friends is a pop punk band from Illinois, and on May 27 of this year, they released their second studio album, The Home Inside My Head. It appears to have only charted on one chart, which was the Billboard 200, but it reached number 53 so it did pretty well!
The only single to be released so far is actually the last track on the album, which is "Colder Quicker." This came out on April 1, and it was no joke, even though it was April Fool's Day. I feel like this song is about wanting to do more for someone, but not being able to and still feeling bad about it even though you did all you could. In other words, their weakness is that they care too much, and that is something I can relate to.
Now this was actually the first time I had ever listened to Real Friends, so obviously I have nothing to compare it to, but where have they been all my life? The entire album appeared to have a very personal mindset that set very well with me. A running thing with this album is caring too much, which is something, I, and surely hundreds of thousands of other people struggle with. Even when someone doesn't care at all, somehow you still care about them a lot. Anyone who deals with that needs to hear this album. I sort of felt like this album was directed at me because of what each song said. Add all of the meanings to the fact that it came out on my birthday, and we have a match.
The entire album is awesome, and the theme we just mentioned really does carry out through the entire album. Which is why it was a bit difficult to pick favorite tracks. That being said, I did manage to pick out a few. My favorites are, "Empty Picture Frames", "Scared To Be Alone", and "Well, I'm sorry."
"Empty Picture Frames" actually contains a reminder that I think more people need to hear. This does include myself as well, I might add. "I've learned that its okay to be selfish. It keeps me from falling apart at the seams. Stuck is where I feel in place, a feeling I'll embrace." Its okay to look out for yourself, and picture your own world, not do everything for everyone.
The album is actually full of reminders just like that, and its something I really appreciated a lot. I get the feeling that Real Friends are very compassionate souls, and speak to other compassionate souls and that's something I greatly appreciate.
So, to wrap things up, clearly I have been missing out on Real Friends. If you're like me and are new to them, I recommend you check them out. If you're not new to them, please let me know what your favorite songs from them are so I can look them up.
While you're at it, please head on over to the Real Friends official website! They are on Warped tour all summer long, and have some other tour dates already organized for later in the year. You can also get a copy of this album, and see some pictures while you're over there!
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