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Real Friends – The Home Inside My Head

Real Friends – The Home Inside My Head

★★★★

Real Friends – The Home Inside My Head

Solid, heartfelt pop punk; all emotive statements and rising hearts.

Label: Fearless Records
Released: 27th May 2016

Rating: ★★★★

You may think you already know Real Friends. Solid, heartfelt pop punk; all emotive statements and rising hearts – a swelling plea to tug on the emotions with a salty sweet coating. And – yeah – fair enough, you’d be right, but that doesn’t stop them having a knack for it.

‘The Home Inside My Head’ knows its strengths – and that’s massive bangers with serious feelings. On ‘Empty Picture Frames’, even the elongated ‘woahs’ are charged with bitter stabs. The sparse guitar and vocal opening of ‘Mokena’ does the same; its final kick in – complete with the lyric “I’m fucking up and getting over it” – fully expected, but no less effective.

Real Friends know who they are. It’s not a case of staying safe and keeping within the lines, but rather being experts at their craft. Some albums push the boundaries with their sound – high stakes experimentation never sure to connect. ‘The Home Inside My Head’ deals with something far more primal. It makes you feel. Stephen Ackroyd

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