EXCLUSIVE: Just Friends’ “Ryerson” is a quick blast of energetic, quirky, horn-driven indie punk

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Okay, let’s address the elephant in the room right now: Yes, Just Friends have a horn section. No, that does not make them a ska band. Horns are an incredibly powerful instrument and can be used in a myriad of ways—just take a listen to this brand new song by the Bay Area septet, “Ryerson.” It’s taken from their upcoming album Rock 2 The Rhythm, and it’s a quick blast of energetic, quirky indie punk that sounds like Nikola from Millencolin hung out at the Fest for a few too many days, formed a band with the people he met at a Holiday Inn hotel room show and ended up in a bidding war between Tiny Engines and SideOneDummy. Vocalist Sam Kless explains:

“2014 was awful, and my brother leaving for college kicked off all that wack noise. When you love someone so much and then all of sudden they are gone from your everyday life, it is pretty life wrecking—and that goes for any relationship.”

Rock 2 The Rhythm comes out August 11 on Open Door Records and can be pre-ordered here.

Catch Just Friends on tour this summer with Goodwill Hunting(*) and Yeehaw(&):

7/9 Merced, CA @ Tigers and Dagers Record Store *
7/10 Pomona, CA @ VLHS *
7/11 Portland, OR @ House Show *
7/12 Bellingham, WA @ The Makeshift *
7/13 Seattle, WA *
7/14 Boise, ID @ The Crux *
7/15 Salt Lake City, UT @ Diabolical records
7/16 Cheyenne, WY
7/17 Ames, IA @ House Show
7/18 Chicago, IL
7/19 Columbus, OH @ Carabar
7/20 Oberlin, OH @ Sterk’s
7/21 Pittsburgh, PA @ Bates Hardcore Gym
7/22 Amherst, MA
7/23 Long Island, NY @ House Show
7/24 Boston, MA @ The Democracy Center &
7/25 Chester, NY @ Elephant Gravyard &
726 New York City, NY &
7/27 New Brunswick, NJ @ House Show &
7/28 Philadelphia, PA @ Michael Jordan House &
7/29 Baltimore, MD @ Charm City Art Space &
7/30 Greensboro, NC @ New York Pizza &
7/31 Tallahassee, FL @ All Saints Cafe &
8/1 Orlando, FL @ Will’s Pub &
8/2 Miami, FL &
8/3 New Orleans, LA &
8/4 Nashville, TN @ Exponent Manor &
8/5 Denton, TX @ Macaroni Island
8/6 Albuquerque, NM
8/7 Tempe, AZ @ House Show
8/8 Corona, CA @ RECORD RELEASE SHOW NIGHT 1
8/9 Fullerton, CA RECORD RELEASE SHOW NIGHT 2