What baffles me is that Real Friends doesn’t even have a full length album out, but has the fan base they do. They have diehards, people who are so confident and in love with them, and it blows my mind how they’ve achieved immense success without releasing anymore than an EP. It’s seriously impressive, and I had never seen them live before, so I had high expectations and did not want to be let down. I certainly wasn’t.
Dan Lambton, bushy-haired vocalist with enough energy to posi-jump through the whole set, had a much better voice than I thought. When you’re lashing out disses to your ex in a pop-punk song, you don’t pay as much attention to vocals as lyrics. However, both were fantastic and hearing them live made me realize that these guys weren’t just coasting on their success. They really gave it their all, and the band’s sound was perfect, all the instruments simple but crisp. I loved the band’s confidence, and their gratitude. They weren’t cocky or arrogant at all, even though they truly have every reason to be.
The crowd was ruthless. So many people were crowd surfing and moshing, jumping up and down and causing trouble. It was the craziest crowd I’d seen in a really long time. The passion of the fans mixed with the energy and the thumping background music they had, it was intense and I was glad I wasn’t in the crowd because I would’ve been terrified. The security guards had a lot to deal with, but handled it adequately. The desperate throwing of oneself onto a crowd is a pretty funny thing to see, and I got to watch it happen over and over again during this set.
Real Friends deserves every bit of success they have, and more. They are fantastic performers and certainly know how to work a crowd.