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Real Friends is an American pop punk band from Tinley Park, Illinois. To date, the band has released seven EPs and three studio albums. Previously signed to Fearless Records, the band is currently signed to Pure Noise Records.

In the fall of 2010 bassist Kyle Fasel "wasn't happy" with the music he was working on and wished to start over. Fasel called lead guitarist Dave Knox and the pair soon started talking about the goals they wished to achieve. Fasel didn't expect it to lead anywhere. Vocalist Dan Lambton, who was friends with Knox, received a call from Fasel, asking if he would like to join him and Knox. They were soon joined by drummer Aaron Schuck. The band recorded its debut EP, This Is Honesty, in the spring of 2011. Following the release of the EP, the band began playing shows around the Midwest. The group soon realized that it "didn't feel right . almost forc ourselves into sound." They had a meeting and came to the conclusion to start over. During this period, Fasel and Knox were playing in The Fastest Kid Alive. Shortly afterwards, Schuck was replaced by Brian Blake. Blake had emailed the band after he found out they needed a drummer.

Real Friends didn't have a permanent second guitarist, often having their friends to substitute. Eric Haines soon joined as rhythm guitarist. Until Haines joined, Fasel and Knox would typically write the songs, and, according to Fasel, they didn't have "another guitar opinion". Shortly after the release of the Everyone That Dragged You Here EP, the band's popularity and the audience at their shows increased. The band later released the Put Yourself Back Together EP. Reviewing the EP for Rock Sound, Andy Biddulph noted that he would not be "surprised" if the band was "mixing it with the big boys in a year's time". In November, the group supported The Wonder Years on their UK shows, including UK Warped Tour.

Fearless signed the band in December 2013. The band were initially hesitant to sign to a label, but called Fearless "different. They made it feel more like a family." The group "still wanted full control of our band" while Fearless would help with marketing and distribution, according to Fasel. The band recorded their debut studio album in February with producer Seth Henderson. The band released their debut album, Maybe This Place Is the Same and We're Just Changing, on July 22, 2014. The album sold over 10,300 copies, charting at number 24 on the Billboard 200. The band played on the 2014 Vans Warped Tour supporting the album's release, appearing on the Journey's Stage. They released an EP, More Acoustic Songs, for Record Store Day in April 2015, including an acoustic version of "Late Nights in My Car" featuring Kevin Jordan from This Wild Life.

Throughout 2015, the band made several references to recording a new album on their Facebook and Twitter pages. Fearless Records announced that a new Real Friends record would be released in 2016, through a tweet on December 22, 2015. Real Friends finished recording the album on the road in February 2016. During their tour, the band played a new song entitled "Colder Quicker". On April 1, 2016, the band announced that the title of the new album was The Home Inside My Head, along with the album's release date, cover art, and track listing, as well as a music video for "Colder Quicker". The album was released on May 27, 2016.

On November 16, 2017, the band released a single entitled "Get By". On June 18, 2018, during an RSVP Acoustic session, the band announced their next album, Composure, was set for release on July 13, 2018. It was preceded two weeks prior by a single and accompanying music video entitled "From the Outside".

This article uses material from the Wikipedia article "Real Friends", which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0.

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