REAL FRIENDS Fall Victim to Homicidal Maniac in New Video

Sometimes the perils of being in a popular alt-rock band comes with its share of misfortune. For Illinois rock group REAL FRIENDS, falling victim to a homicidal maniac is one such fate.  Premiering today on FLOOD Magazine, their new video for “Me First” from their third studio album Composure, depicts just that.  “Have you ever wanted to see our heads cut off,” asks bassist Kyle Fasel. “Well, look no further.”

“Me First,” the gutsy and intense opening track from their critically-acclaimed album, instills a sense of confidence that flows throughout the whole record. The striking accompanying video matches the song’s audacity with its cheeky horror and comic book-styled violence. “We went with a more light hearted and cinematic approach than in our past videos,” he explains.  “Me First” finds the band trapped in a mansion being stalked by a knife/broken bottle/cat o’nine tails-wielding murderess who ultimately dispatches them one at a time and serves them up on a silver platter.

The 10 tracks on this album have challenged the band as musicians and friends. From nailing down the best pop hooks with producer Mike Green (The Aces, All Time Low, The Mowgli’s, Paramore) that showcase the band’s progression from a pop-punk band to full-fledged pop-rock juggernaut, to touching on topics in their songwriting such as mental health, being accepted, and above all, learning to love yourself.

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 Mesa, AZ

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