If I wanted to listen to the Wonder Years, I'll listen to the Wonder Years?
EDIT: I do enjoy the songs, they just sound really, really derivative of what's already been accomplished by other bands the past several years. I just wish they'd create their own niche. Really think they have the potential to do something bigger and better.
I feel not every band needs to reinvent the genre right away. I feel as bands grow older they will progress on their own timetable. Eventually bands take that turn as they get older and life brings new experiences.
My son is in a pop punk band and being only 18 years old has a lot of learning ahead of him but one thing is certain, for now he writes music that he likes to play and hopes somebody else likes it as well.
You can tell when seeing Real Friends, they write the music they love to play. In time the great bands progress and keep things fresh for their fans.
I expect them to do just that and the kids to keep coming. I will admit when we saw them twice in NY a few months back, I was shocked at the amount of kids that not only showed up but sang every word like this band was a household name.
It was awesome to see (what I thought) a relative newcomer get such a response. The whole time I was saying to myself...
"Who the fuck do these guys think they are?"
Good for them! Carry on.
here was that video from a few months back.
I can get behind this sentiment! I can definitely admit that I personally may just be in a different space musically at this moment so the jams may not hit me as hard as they would've several months ago. So I guess my judgement of the jams may be a bit skewed against them, but that doesn't mean they didn't put out fantastic songs. My perception is just in a different space. I hope that's okay haha.
That's the beauty of music though, and of art in general: there's no real, objective answer.