Real Friends – Acoustic Songs EP
Record Label: Unsigned
Release Date: May 15th, 2012
Chicago, IL band Real Friends is a pop-punk band I haven’t been listening to for very long, but I really wish I discovered them sooner. After releasing second EP “Everyone That Dragged You Here” in January, they released an acoustic EP in May simply titled, “Acoustic Songs.” I like that title because that’s exactly what you get – four acoustic songs, plain and simple. There’s not a lot here, but what is on this EP is great.
The EP starts off with a new song entitled “I’ve Never Been Home,” and it’s a great little acoustic track. It’s rather short, but it’s absolutely wonderful. Vocalist Dan Lambton works quite well with acoustic stuff, and the lyrics on this EP are absolutely fantastic. One thing I like about Real Friends (and pop-punk in general) is home quotable and relatable their lyrics are. It’s also fantastic that they’re from the Midwest, which is where I live. “I’ve Never Been Home” is only about two minutes, so it leaves a bit to be desired, but it’s enjoyable. The next three tracks are tracks that appeared on “Everyone That Dragged You Here,” and ironically, they’re my three favorite tracks. So, how do they translate acoustically? Quite well, actually.
The songs aren’t really too altered, but just done acoustically. The thing I like most is how crisp and clear Lambton’s voice is, so I can actually understand what he’s saying. Because it’s acoustic, these songs sound much more emotional. I absolutely adore this EP, even though it’s only 12 minutes. That’s the main thing that annoys me about it, but it’s forgivable, because it’s really fantastic.
Whether or not you’re new to Real Friends, I would certainly check this out, because it shows off what they do best. It’s also free on their bandcamp, and you can’t pass up free stuff, right?