Illinois-based quintet REAL FRIENDS recently announced a new chapter of the band with new singles “Nervous Wreck” and “Storyteller” and today, they have released stunning reimagined versions showcasing the voice of new singer Cody Muraro.
The tracks previously premiered onRock Sound and you can hear them below now:
“When the idea of making reimagined versions of songs have come up in the past, we’ve always just made acoustic versions. This time around we changed it up by experimenting with different elements that normally aren’t used in Real Friends songs. It was refreshing and fun to step outside of our comfort zone, instead of just stripping a song down to acoustic guitar and vocals.” says Kyle Fasel from the band. “The reimagined version of Nervous Wreck is a perfect late night drive song. For this one, we leaned more into electronic beats, clean guitar tones and Cody’s softer vocal side. It brings a whole new perspective to the song sonically. The reimagined version of Storyteller is our nod to Death Cab For Cutie. From the drum tones to the piano, I’m really proud of this one. The way we relied more on piano in the song, as opposed to distorted guitars, puts a fresh spin on the emotion of the song.”
For as much as the world has changed since REAL FRIENDS first emerged in 2010, the band’s mission hasn’t. They continue to bleed without apology and write songs that make it okay to feel everything: the ups, the downs, and anything else in between. Rather than shy away from emotion, the group run right towards it with distortion cranked and hearts opened, tightening their careful distillation of pop and punk on each subsequent release.
When the band—Dave Knox [lead guitar], Kyle Fasel [bass], Eric Haines [rhythm guitar], and Brian Blake [drums]—welcomed vocalist Cody Muraro in 2020, the goal stayed the same as they crafted new music for Pure Noise Records.
Over the years, REAL FRIENDS have forged and strengthened a deep connection with fans. The group’s 2014 full-length debut, ‘Maybe This Place Is the Same and We’re Just Changing’, marked a turning point. Rock Sound named it one of the “Top 50 Albums of the Year.” 2016’s ‘The Home Inside My Head’ maintained this momentum with further acclaim and sold out shows. In 2018, ‘Composure’ incited applause from Music Connection, Alternative Press, Substream Magazine, New Noise, and Billboard who described it as “raw.” To date, they’ve also amassed over 100 million streams and counting.