Real Friends, one of the most eminent acts to come from the Chicago pop punk scene, is known for their raw emotional songwriting and catchy melodies. I’m sure we can all recall a tune from these guys, maybe “Summer” or “Floorboards,” but underneath their hits are some outstanding tracks that don’t receive the credit they truly deserve. Here’s our top 10 most underrated Real Friends songs!
10. “Eastwick” from The Home Inside My Head (2016)
“Eastwick” is a steady, mellow tune characterized by leisurely guitars and impassioned vocals from Dan Lambton. The stirring lyricism completes the arrangement, making this sentimental piece fit right in with Real Friends’s musical catalog. The Home Inside My Head is one of their most well-rounded and mature releases to date, and “Eastwick” is surely proof of that progression in both libretto and musicality.
9. “I Had a Heart” from Punk Goes Christmas (2015)
While we think the “Punk Goes” concept can be a bit aggravating at times, Real Friends managed to put out a stellar original tune for the Punk Goes Christmas album. “I Had a Heart” is an honest depiction of a heartbroken blue Christmas, detailing a sense of feeling lost and damaged during the most wonderful time of the year. This song is lead by upbeat acoustic guitars, lively percussion, and another ardent vocal performance.
8. “Old and All Alone” from Put Yourself Back Together (2013)
Put Yourself Back Together is more than likely Real Friends’s most popular release, but “Old and All Alone” is still a fairly underrated track. “Old and All Alone” is angry, charged, and bitter with fiery lyrics and heated guitars. The melodious chorus is catchy and memorable, and the verses are clever yet cliché, but hey, isn’t that what Real Friends is kinda known for?
7. “Basement Stairs” from The Home Inside My Head (2016)
“Basement Stairs” is undeniably addictive. The heartfelt lyricism coupled with the vehement musicianship certainly makes this catchy tune shine. Coated in nostalgia and candor, “Basement Stairs” is a genuine pop punk piece that doesn’t receive its due recognition buried in the middle of their latest long-player. It gets stuck in your head… Like, the home inside your head.
6. “Cheap Talk and Eager Lies” (2011)
“Cheap Talk and Eager Lies” was never released on an EP or album, but it is still nonetheless a fantastic track. It is an acoustic display of strength and self-support, namely seen in the lyrics, “I’m gonna keep getting up even when you keep trying to pull me down.” The sincerity is coalesced with a cheery melody that seems to prove the self-fortitude even more, acting as if the problem didn’t affect the writer anyway.
5. “Well, I’m Sorry” from The Home Inside My Head (2016)
Okay, so we really liked The Home Inside My Head, alright? “Well, I’m Sorry” is another fabulous deep cut from this full-length. It’s sensitive and cultivated with lyrics that are accepting of past mistakes and understanding of unchangeable circumstances. The lively drum beat carries the song along with the energetic guitar melodies. “Well, I’m Sorry” is not just another filler track; definitely give it a listen!
4. “I Think I’m Moving Forward” from Maybe This Place Is the Same and We’re Just Changing (2014)
The similes of this piece create clear imagery of identifying with an advancing train, detailing feelings of “moving forward” and getting over past issues. “I Think I’m Moving Forward” is an underrated cut from 2014’s debut long-player Maybe This Place Is the Same and We’re Just Changing. As the title suggests, this album is defined by emotional maturation and growth, and “I Think I’m Moving Forward” is a testament to that.
3. “Empty Picture Frames” from The Home Inside My Head (2016)
Talk about a pop punk anthem! Next to “Mess,” “Empty Picture Frames” is one of the most spirited chants on this full-length. It’s catchy and animated and bound to get stuck in your head, yet it doesn’t sacrifice the ardent songwriting to accomplish this. This track goes hand in hand with “Basement Stairs” when discussing honesty and concession of selfishness, buoying those ideas as themes throughout the record.
2. “Spread Me All Over Illinois” from Maybe This Place Is the Same and We’re Just Changing (2014)
“Spread Me All Over Illinois” from the long-player Maybe This Place Is the Same and We’re Just Changing starts out very mellow and soothing to the ears, but picks up momentum, erupting into the classic poignancy attributed to Real Friends. The libretto of this piece is again stipulating the emotional development of the writer, but this time depicting a sense of feeling lost and stuck in the past. The guitar melody of this song is absolute earcandy for the listener. There’s no doubt “Spread Me All Over Illinois” deserves more publicity.
1. “Isolating Everything” from The Home Inside My Head (2016)
And finally, as our number one choice, “Isolating Everything” is severely overlooked and yet clear attestation of Real Friends refining their sound and growing as musicians and songwriters on their most recent release. “Isolating Everything” opens with a downtrodden guitar refrain before convulsing into the quick-tempo diapason that is inevitably memorable. The lyricism details many different concepts, from accepting the past to clearing up personal controversies. “Isolating Everything” is distinctly one of Real Friends’s most underrated songs and begs to be more acknowledged.
Well, there you have it, the most underrated songs by Real Friends! Tweet at us or let us know in the comments below what songs you think are overlooked!