The raw lyrics on the album help divulge some of the troubles that Real Friends dealt with last year, which pushed them to really figure out what they wanted to say.” – Billboard

They sing about the way life changes, and how nothing you or anyone else can do will stop change from continuing to happen as long as we walk this Earth. They sing, for lack of a better description, about the reality of doing your best to be a decent person in a world where decency is increasingly hard to find. Composure furthers this effort in a manner that goes deeper than any previous release.” – Substream Magazine

Toronto, ON – October 30, 2018 –
Sometimes the perils of being in a popular alt-rock band comes with its share of misfortune. For Illinois rock group Real Friends, falling victim to a homicidal maniac is one such fate.  Premiering today on FLOOD Magazine, their new video for Me First, from their third studio album, Composure, depicts just that.  “Have you ever wanted to see our heads cut off," asks bassist Kyle Fasel. "Well, look no further.

Me First, the gutsy and intense opening track from their critically acclaimed album, instils a sense of confidence that flows throughout the whole record. Music Connection says the single "oozes furious poetry" while Punktastic calls it an "anaconda-sized earworm." The striking accompanying video matches the song's audacity with its cheeky horror and comic book-styled violence. "We went with a more light hearted and cinematic approach than in our past videos," he explains.  Me First finds the band trapped in a mansion being stalked by a knife/broken bottle/cat o'nine tails-wielding murderess who ultimately dispatches them one at a time and serves them up on a silver platter.

Their most ambition work to date, Composure, has racked up some of the best reviews the band has ever received. Forbes says that the album "proves that the bravest thing an artist can be in 2018 is unflinchingly honest, with themselves and with their audience," while Alternative Press calls it their "best work yet." SF Sonic captures the spirit of the record by pointing out that with their "clean production, catchy songs, and poetic lyrics, Real Friends have turned out one of the best releases of the year, a vital collection for anyone who likes their rock upfront and confrontational."

The 10 tracks on this album have challenged the band as musicians and friends. From nailing down the best pop hooks with producer Mike Green (The Aces, All Time Low, The Mowgli’s, Paramore) that showcase the band’s progression from a pop-punk band to full-fledged pop-rock juggernaut, to touching on topics in their song writing such as mental health, being accepted, and above all, learning to love yourself.

Composure is out now on Fearless Records. Real Friends is Kyle Easel (Bass), Dave Knox (Guitar), Dan Lambton (Frontman), Brian Blake (Drums), and Eric Haines (Guitar).

October 31 – Mesa, AZ – Nile Theater
November 2 – Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey Bar and Grill
November 3 – Austin, TX – Come and Take It Live
November 4 – Houston, TX – Scout Bar
November 6 – Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade –Hell
November 7 – Orlando, FL – Soundbar
November 8 – Orlando, FL – Soundbar
November 9 – Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle
November 10 – Richmond, VA – The Canal Club
November 11 – Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Soundstage
November 13 – Philadelphia, PA – First Unitarian Church
November 14 – Philadelphia, PA – First Unitarian Church
November 15 – Boston, MA – Royale
November 16 – Ashbury Park, NJ – Ashbury Lanes
November 17 – Buffalo, NY – Town Ballroom
November 18 – New York, NY – Irving Plaza
November 20 – Toronto, ON – Mod Club Theatre
November 21 – Pittsburgh, PA – Rex Theater
November 23 – Cleveland, OH – Beachland Ballroom & Tavern
November 24 – Detroit, MI – St. Andrew’s Hall
November 25 – Chicago, IL – House of Blues Chicago

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