Today, Real Friends can announce a huge UK and European headline tour for December 2016. The band play their biggest ever UK show on 9th December at The Electric Ballroom, with support bands Knuckle Puck and With Confidence (all dates). Tickets on sale Friday 27th May 10am UK Time.
From bass player, Kyle Fasel – “We are elated to be doing this run in the UK/ Europe with our good friends in Knuckle Puck and With Confidence. It’s always comforting going on the road with people that you’re already friends with. We are also super super stoked to get back to cities in Europe. It’s been awhile since we’ve been outside the UK when going overseas. This tour is going to be a blast.”
The band have also released a new song “Mokena” which is taken from the band’s new album The Home Inside My Head, set to release May 27th and available for pre-order at RealFriendsBand.com, where singles “Colder Quicker”, “Scared To Be Alone” and “Mess” are all available as instant downloads with pre-order.
Originally written in 2014, “Mokena” showcases Real Friends’ continued growth, and though the song was a last minute addition to the new album, it quickly became one of the band’s favorite tracks.
Bassist Kyle Fasel explains, “Lyrically, the song covers a lot of ground. It’s a timeline, really. It sheds light on my earliest memories and into my teen years. It even talks about present day and also mentions making the wrong decisions, learning from them, and finally getting over the stuff that brings you down in life. Life can be hard. That never goes away, but it’s a great feeling when you look and see that you finally got past whatever used to make you fall. ‘Mokena’ is a song about growth. Hope everyone enjoys it.”
The band have a busy tour season ahead with dates in the UK on the Slam Dunk Festival, followed by a Main Stage slot on the Main Stage of the Vans Warped Tour 2016, where both MTV and Buzzfeed noted REAL FRIENDS as an artist to watch on the tour this summer. Full tour routing listed below.
REAL FRIENDS – Coloured by brushstrokes of punk, pop, and emo, Tiley Park IL’s Real Friends has become one of the biggest breakout acts following the release of their debut, Maybe This Place Is the Same and We’re Just Changing (2014). It bowed at #24 on the Billboard Top 200, moving over 10,300 copies first-week. To record The Home Inside My Head, the band treaded new territory by recording with two producers, three songs with producer Mike Green (Pierce The Veil, All Time Low) and nine with Steve Evetts (The Wonder Years, Dillinger Escape Plan). As they expanded their sonic palette, the lyrical vision also grew. Another first, Dan Lambton would split writing duties, penning lyrics to four songs.
The Home Inside My Head is REAL FRIENDS‘ coming-of-age story, about a common realisation that things won’t be the same as they were during childhood, and that’s okay. The Chicagoland quintet chose to put this journey on tape and let their lyrics spin into something positive, used as a therapeutic outlet for both Kyle and Dan. Noted as one of Alternative Press Magazine’s Most Anticipated Albums of 2016, and a truly personal album for REAL FRIENDS, the band hopes The Home Inside My Head, will resonate with fans in their own unique way, giving them something to relate to and connect with individually.
ALL dates below:
Thu 01 Dec – France, Paris – Backstage By The Mill
Fri 02 Dec – Germany, Cologne – MTC
Sat 03 Dec – Germany, Stuttgart – Kellerclub
Sun 04 Dec – Netherlands, Amsterdam – Melkweg
Tue 06 Dec – Germany, Hamburg – Hafenklang
Wed 07 Dec – Belgium, Antwerp – JC Kavka
Fri 09 Dec – London, Electric Ballroom
Sat 10 Dec – Birmingham, Asylum
Sun 11 Dec – Newcastle, Riverside
Tue 13 Dec – Scotland, Glasgow – St Luke’s
Wed 14 Dec – Manchester, Club Academy
Thu 15 Dec – Leeds, Stylus
Fri 16 Dec – Bristol, Thekla
Sat 17 Dec – Southampton, Engine Rooms
Watch the band’s music video for “Scared To Be Alone” HERE