We recently got the chance to do an interview with Dan Lambton, the front man of Real Friends. See what he has to say about Warped Tour, and their upcoming album!
How did the five of you end up coming together to form Real Friends?
I knew Dave and Kyle from playing shows with their bands when we were
younger. They needed a singer so they hit me up. Our drummer quit
after a few months so we had Brian join and Eric came shortly after.
How did you think of the name Real Friends? Is there any specific
meaning behind it?
Kyle had thought of it. Before we all started playing together he was
in a band that was basically one dude and a bunch of touring members
that he didn't know and he felt out of place. We got together and he
felt we were all "real friends."
Who was the biggest inspiration/influence on the band’s sound?
Well we all listen to a lot of different music, but we can usually
agree on a few bands we can agree on, like The Starting Line, Motion
City Soundtrack, Brand New, and Fall Out Boy.
How do you think your sound has evolved since your first record?
Our first EP was more of a pop rock sound, but since then we've grown
more into a pop punk sound. With our last release we tried to capture
a more older, nostalgic sound reminiscent of the bands I previously
You put out a new EP earlier in the summer called “Put Yourself Back
Together.” How has the response been from fans so far?
It has been awesome. The fact that anybody gives a shit about anything
we do is awesome. Obviously not everyone's going to like it, but the
people that do have been very good to us.
What song has been getting the best response from the crowd?
Definitely would have to be Floorboards.
How has it been touring on a new record on Vans Warped Tour?
It's great. Obviously kids aren't going to know a lot of the new
stuff, but the kids that do totally kill it and those that don't are
able to give it a chance. Even the people that have no idea who we are
come up to us and tell us they were just walking around and happened
to catch part of the set. That's the awesome thing about Warped- there
are so many different kinds of bands and people all in the same place.
A great opportunity for kids to find new bands.
You recently posted on your Facebook page about writing some new
music. Are there any projects in the works possibly?
We just started writing a full length. Still in the very, very, very
early stages. I'm excited to see what comes out of it.
You also posted about possible US fall tour. Can you give us any
information about that yet?
Not yet! It'll be announced soon, but I will say it's a full US tour
with some very good friends of ours. It's kind of a different tour,
but something that isn't out of left field.
On the topic of touring, you guys tour quite a bit, so there must be
some funny tour stories. Any tour pranks or funny on stage moments?
I can't really think of anything too crazy off the top of my head, but
we did end up rolling dice in Philly with some random homeless person.
He ended up winning like three or four games out of nowhere and got at
least $40 out of the whole thing.
You’ve played with some very well known bands in this genre, whether
it be during a festival, or a tour. Has anyone given you advice that’s
just really stuck with you?
Yeah, we've been really lucky to tour with awesome people. I've
learned a lot just by watching how some people are. You go around
Warped tour and see all these different people together. It doesn't
matter how big their band is, how many Warped runs they'd done before,
etc. What matters is that you're there and that everyone is having a
good time. Same goes with every other tour we've done. Nobody is
"better" than anyone else. We've been really lucky to be placed in
such a positive environment.
What’s been the most surreal moment of your career?
We got to play a few shows of The Starting Line's ten year anniversary
tour for Say It Like You Mean It. It was a big fucking deal for all of
us. We all grew up listening to that album every fucking day. It was
the first time we ever got to play bigger shows like that. I'll never
How does it make you feel when fans tell you that your music has
helped them, changed their lives etc?
It's crazy. We never really expect those kinds of things. It's very
humbling to be able to help people like our favorite bands have been
able to help us when we were in the same position.
Do you have any advice for fans of yours who are looking to break into
the music industry?
Work your ass off. Don't be lazy, but don't expect it to pay off right
away if it will at all. And if it will work, you will have to make
I have a few fun questions now for you guys;
Disney or Nickelodeon?
First CD you ever bought?
I think it was the Rugrats movie soundtrack when I was in second
grade. I could be wrong though.
Whats your favorite top 100 song right now?
I looked up the billboard list, and I don't know 99% of the
bands/artists listed there so I'll have to go with "My Songs Know What
You Did in the Dark" by Fall Out Boy?
Favorite song to cover (On or off stage, whichever)
Sometimes we'll cover Mixtape by Brand New at shows.
I would have to say either Jennifer Lawrence or Mariska Hargitay.
Who in the band would you like to switch lives with for a day?
Probably Brian so I could play with his cats.
Are you ever going to tour in Canada?
We're playing Toronto Riot Fest towards the end of the month and we
have some eastern Canadian dates in the works for September.
What’s your favorite song (of your music) to play live?
I hate having to pick, but for new music I would say Lost Boy and for
older songs I would say Everything I Never Want to Be
What’s one band you’ve always wanted to tour with?
The Starting Line, hands down. If we're talking ANY band, Circa
Survive or City and Colour would be really cool as well.
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Buy their new EP "Put Yourself Back Together" here.