Real Friends

Fall In The USA 2018

Real Friends

Boston Manor, Grayscale, Eat Your Heart Out

Wed, November 14, 2018

Doors: 6:30 pm / Show: 7:00 pm

First Unitarian Church

Philadelphia, PA

$22.00 - $26.00

This event is all ages

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Real Friends
Real Friends
composure [kuh m-poh-zher] noun.
1. serene, self-controlled state of mind; calmness; tranquility:

Composure ultimately empowers.

By reaching that sphere of serenity and confidence, we can achieve our full potential. Real Friends make a major leap towards this space on their appropriately titled third full-length album, Composure [Fearless Records]. The Tinley Park, IL quintet—Dan Lambton [vocals], Dave Knox [guitar], Eric Haines [guitar], Kyle Fasel [bass], and Brian Blake [drums]—perfect their patented one-two punch of punk and pop, while penning their most personal tunes to date.

“We wanted it to be the standout album and literally reclaim our composure,” says Kyle. “In some ways, it felt like we were on autopilot or something until now. We had a conversation. We didn’t hold anything back. We devoted one million percent to the music, were present, and showed who we truly are.”

Following a whirlwind of touring in support of 2016’s The Home Inside My Head, the boys dove into writing a year later. They headed to Los Angeles to record with producer Mike Green—who helmed a handful of tracks on The Home Inside My Head. Musically, they built on this incredible foundation by pushing themselves as writers first and foremost.

“For us, it’s truly the definition of a new start,” Kyle elaborates. “We’re not beating around the bush. On the whole, we weren’t satisfied with the The Home Inside My Head. We felt like something got lost along the way. It was a really good lesson though. So, the songwriting became the focus. We aimed to make the most energetic, dynamic, and catchiest anthems we could.”

Despite harnessing instant chemistry with Green, the process presented a myriad of challenges as Dan’s bipolar disorder worsened.

“Everything was a huge clusterfuck while we were recording,” sighs Dan. “I was bouncing off the walls and just losing my mind. I couldn’t control myself. It was hard to pin me down in one direction. I was smoking too much weed. I was getting into trouble. It was a big wakeup call. Everybody finally sat me down and asked, ‘What the fuck is going on with you? We’ve got to fix something here’.”

After he finished his parts, Dan found a new psychiatrist in Illinois, received a different prescription, enrolled in an outpatient program, and attended group therapy alongside his bandmates. The vocalist openly shared his journey and struggles on social media, engendering empathy and eliciting similar stories from the fans. It strengthened the Real Friends community in the process and set the stage for Composure.

The album’s first single “From The Outside” hinges on an off-time riff that swings into a confessional chorus as Dan sings, “From the outside, I seem fine. On the inside, I’m
still sick. The pill’s a temporary fix.” Each word immediately connects as the music reflects a frenetic and fiery feeling.

“It’s about the use of medication, how it doesn’t sometimes work out, and the feeling of confusion,” Dan goes on. “The uncertainty can extend to everything in life. We don’t always know what’s good or bad for us. We question why we feel certain ways when things may seem crazy. In bipolar disorder, untreated mania and depression go wildly out-of-control. With the mania, I feel invincible. On the other end of the spectrum, it’s just the opposite. I think we all share similar feelings.”

Meanwhile, “Smiling On The Surface” builds from acoustic guitar into another high energy chant. The sweeping dynamic underscores a relatable message written by Kyle.

With many tunes about coming-of-age, the boys tackled another phase of this struggle in the poignant slow burn of “Unconditional Love,” which is “about how we end up taking care of our parents.”

In the end, Real Friends have certainly come full circle, found their composure, and remain ready for their brightest chapter yet.

“Emotionally, I hope listeners feel connected to it,” concludes Kyle. “On a guttural level, I hope they think it’s our best release so far. That’s what we set out to make.”
Boston Manor
Boston Manor
Blackpool’s Boston Manor formed in 2013 and, in two short years, worked their way to signing with renowned US indie label Pure Noise Records, worldwide. In that period, they’ve successfully built a name for themselves with their modern day emotive rock anthems and DIY work ethic. A band with expert songwriting and craftsmanship, they are also heavily involved in the production of their own videos and visual content, and as a result are now a mainstay with the likes of Kerrang TV & Scuzz. The band has also been in constant circulation across major radio stations in the UK such as BBC Radio 1 & Kerrang, with significant coverage also coming from Rock Sound, Upset & Discovered to name a few. The band were even nominated for ‘Best British Breakthrough’ at the 2018 Kerrang awards.

They released their debut album ‘Be Nothing’ in 2016 to widespread acclaim and the band have continued to tour the world since then. Now veterans across the US, UK & European circuits, the band have toured with the likes of Moose Blood, Knuckle Puck, Have Mercy, Lower Than Atlantis, & Four Year Strong, and also completed a Summer on Vans Warped Tour 2017. Topping their 2017 off with high profile slots at Slam Dunk Festival, Reading & Leeds, and the Kerrang Tour, Boston Manor have stormed into 2018 fully charged, ready to unleash their next offering onto the world.

Produced by Mike Sapone (Taking Back Sunday, Mayday Parade, Public Enemy), ‘Welcome To The Neighbourhood’ is a soundtrack to disenfranchisement set in a fictionalised version of the band’s hometown. In support of it’s release, the band will be heading out on their largest UK headline tour to date (including a London show at Electric Ballroom) before heading back to the US for a main support slot on the Real Friends tour to cap off an action packed 2018.
Adornment is defined as “a thing that adorns or decorates; an ornament.” For Grayscale, the word serves as the title of their Fearless Records debut, where intricate elements and motives weave seamlessly throughout—each song containing its own puzzle piece, or ornament—to adorn a bigger story. The Philadelphia-based quintet is composed of vocalist Collin Walsh, guitarist/vocalist Dallas Molster, guitarist Andrew Kyne, bassist Nick Ventimiglia and drummer Nick Veno. Through their unbarred emotion and unique blend of alternative rock and punk roots, Grayscale utilizes these components to explore the juxtaposing ideas of beauty and affliction.

“Among tragedy is beauty; you just have to find it,” Walsh explains. Though the band are no strangers to sharing their deepest, most personal thoughts and experiences, Walsh raises the bar lyrically—creating a collection of stories based on challenging life events across the 11-track album.

Since forming in 2011, when the band members were only in high school, Grayscale has emerged quickly from the Philadelphia punk scene, establishing a solid fan base and sharing stages with the likes of Cute Is What We Aim For, Knuckle Puck, Neck Deep, Seaway, and more. Now, working with producer Kyle Black (State Champs, Handguns, Hit The Lights), Grayscale has honed their talent of constructing strong hooks, relatable lyrics and catchy riffs, all the while coming into their own distinguished sound. Adornment sees the band expand their sonic palette, further illuminating their skill of creating well-narrated stories paired with palpable emotion that urges listeners to dive in and craft their own narratives.

“I write super honestly about things that I’ve gone through and really struggled with,” Walsh says. “I think when people listen to the songs, they’ll be able to relate to the lyrics and feel what the song is really about.”

The concept of the record developed naturally, as Walsh’s knack for lyric, poetry, and short story writing had already constructed many of the themes before instrumental writing even began. In dealing with insomnia and anxiety, Walsh implemented a literary process called “stream of conscious narration” to streamline his thoughts and ultimately help him cope. The penned lyrics stemmed from flashes of memories and dreams. Similar to experiencing a certain smell or hearing a song that takes you back to a specific point in time, each memory or dream had an element sitting eerily in the background that drove buried emotions to the surface again.

“There was definitely a moment when I went back into my lyric book and realized that these things I was seeing meant something,” he explains. “These were things that reminded me of certain times in my life; all of them beautiful and naturally occurring. I'd see them in a memory or dream. These elements either stood for something, or were present in the background during these times in my life... it just took a while to notice them.”

For example, the first single, “Atlantic,” depicts a fictional place and highlights the elements of fog, gold and smoke as Walsh sings, “You used to be mine, my world used to shine like gold.” Driven by flourishing melodies and vibrant recollections, the song is a reflection about breaking cycles and feeling the need to escape.

“It is an extremely personal record,” Walsh summarizes. “I want people to listen and be able to confide in our music.”
Eat Your Heart Out
Eat Your Heart Out
Hailing from Newcastle, Australia, Eat Your Heart Out—Caitlin Henry [vocals], Andrew Anderson [guitar], Will Moore [guitar], Dom Cant [bass], and Jake Cronin [drums]— carry on the tradition of Australia’s impressive history of musical outliers from Nick Cave and Silverchair to The Amity Affliction and Parkway Drive, but they do so unequivocally on their own terms. The group’s grunge-y pastiche of emo energy, punk power, and pop palatability immediately ignited excitement around the world upon their emergence in 2012. Along the way, the quintet released two EPs, Distance Between Us (2015) and Carried Away (2017), inked a deal with Fearless Records, and have supported artists such as Simple Plan, Columbus, Trophy Eyes, and many others. Everything paved way for the group’s 2017 EP, Mind Games [Fearless Records], which shows the band aren’t afraid to open up. Their lyrical honesty ensures that the message resonates loudly in the end.
Venue Information:
First Unitarian Church
2125 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19103