Uncertainty is a part of nearly everyone’s coming-of-age, whether that’s in your teens or your mid-twenties. It’s in the latter half of that cycle where Glasgow’s Friends in America find themselves now. Wrestling with the mental malaise that so often besets adults not quite ready to adult has led the duo to channel their frustrations into their new EP, Be in Love. The effort is a way to tell the world — as well as themselves — that sometimes opening your heart is the only way to get through the muck and the mire. But in order to get there, you often have to do battle with some demons, as the band does on new single “Bad Pint”.
Rumbling percussion and a particular cadence may call to mind fellow Scots Frightened Rabbit, but there’s a drive on “Bad Pint” that’s all its own. Guitars sputter and flutter, alternatively stumbling over themselves and compassionately pulling the whole song up off its knees. The confidently fumbling instrumentation reflects the tension between the self-doubt and optimism that plagues the modern 20-something. “In the weather beaten doldrums of apathy and your forgiveness,” the lyrics go during the bridge, “All I ask is that you walk the other way/ All I ask is that you leave before I lose you.”
“The song is this constant tug of war between finding the strength to cope and being strong enough to admit you can’t,” says the band of the song, “a gnawing lack of self worth and the life affirming drive to be better. We wanted the video to be equal parts corner-of-the-mouth smiles and exhaling sadness…because that’s who we are.”
Take a listen below.
Friends in America have also shared a touching lyric video for the song, which can be seen below.
Be in Love is the precursor to Friends in America’s forthcoming sophomore album, Old Indifference, due out later this year.