Emerging from Austin, Texas comes pop-punk foursome Almost Famous Friends. Inspired by acts such as The Story So Far, Brand New, Real Friends, and Citizen, these self-proclaimed ‘Chronic Sad Boys’ of Austin were brought together by the powerful songwriting of lead vocalist and guitarist Tristan Wilson in 2014 and have been rocking ever since. Aris Manasco (drums), Hunter Sharpe (guitar), and Marlon Sexton (bass) round out the group, each bringing a unique influence and style to the music and performance. Watch here.
“I’m Not Who I Want To Be” is a journey through loss and recovery that we hope our fans can identify with on a personal level. It’s about relationships and how we react to change and transitions in our lives. Everyone experiences loss throughout their life: family, friends, jobs, lovers, innocence. As an emotionally fueled group of artists, we want to tell stories that relate how people process that grief, denial, anger, and hope and eventually move forward. Many of our fans talk to us about how when they feel sadness it helps to know someone else has shared that experience and survived. This album is our gift to them.”
The band will be releasing their debut full-length, “I’m Not Who I Want to Be”, on May 20th, 2016. Recorded with Joseph Milligan (Anberlin) at Orb Recording Studios in Austin, TX, the album’s release will launch a new journey for the band including a set of regional tours this Summer.
In celebration of this release, the band has premiered their music video for the single “All I Can Do” today via AntiQuiet. The live performance video is a key introduction to their sound and debut album, capturing the essence of the band’s character and personal touches:
“All I Can Do” is our take on how someone in denial faces the early stages of loss. Determination to keep things the same, confusion, questioning yourself. Just when you think everything is ok, the situation changes and all you can do is make an effort to hold on to the past. It’s dark and headed downhill, hazy but driven by the idea that you can convince yourself everything’s all right. We hope our fans can put this into many contexts and experience the story at an emotional level.”