Real Friends, Boston Manor, Grayscale, Eat Your Heart Out
Real Friends make a major leap towards a space of serenity and confidence 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. Following a whirlwind of touring in support of 2016’s The Home Inside My Head, the band 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. Despite harnessing instant chemistry with Green, the process presented a myriad of challenges as Dan’s bipolar disorder worsened. 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.
Boston Manor formed in 2013 in Blackpool UK; the band quickly began making waves in the underground punk scene & started touring nationally. In 2015 the band signed to renowned US indie label Pure Noise Record releasing their label debut, an EP entitled ‘Saudade’. The following year they released their debut album ‘Be Nothing.’ & after a string of sold out shows in the UK began touring North America with bands like Moose Blood & Knuckle Puck as well as a full summer on the Vans Warped Tour. The band released their Sophomore effort Welcome To The Neighbourhood in 2018. Boston Manor is Henry Cox (vocals) Ash Wilson (guitar) Mike Cunniff (guitar) Daniel Cunniff (bass) & Jordan Pugh (drums).
Since forming in 2011, when its band members were only in high school, the Philadelphia-based quintet—composed of vocalist Collin Walsh, guitarist/vocalist Dallas Molster, guitarist Andrew Kyne, bassist Nick Ventimiglia and drummer Nick Veno—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. Working with producer Kyle Black ( State Champs, Handguns, Hit The Lights) for their Fearless Records debut album, Adornment, Grayscale has honed their talent of constructing strong hooks, relatable lyrics and catchy riffs, all the while coming into their own distinguished sound. Through their unbarred emotion and unique blend of alternative rock and punk roots, 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.
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 quartet released two EPs, Distance Between Us (2015) and Carried Away (2017), inked a deal with Fearless Records, and have supported artists such as Trophy Eyes, Hands Like Houses, Knuckle Puck, Real Friends, 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.
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