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Who Needs Anything Else With Friends Like These?

by Kevin Saez

Local band set to release second single off of debut album


New Jersey band’s debut album coming soon.

One of North Jersey’s local bands, With Friends Like These, is set to release their debut album before the end of the year.With their first single “Arcadia” already having over 5,000 plays on YouTube, WFLT is the latest band on the local music scene you need to be looking out for.

Originating in Roxbury, N.J., With Friends Like These is comprised of Phil Cap on vocals and bass, Joe Turpin on guitar and backup vocals, Keir on guitar and Eric Decker on drums and screaming.

Stylistically, WFLT is defying modern standards of committing to a specific genre by embracing a truly unique sound. Although they can broadly be identified as pop punk, WFLT brings more to the table with acoustic crescendos, screaming as complimentary back-up vocals and thoughtfully poetic lyrics.

With Friends Like These spent five weeks in Florida recording their first album with Andrew Wade, who has produced for The Ghost Inside, Issues and A Day to Remember.

Their second single, titled “February,” will be released within the next few weeks. “February” opens with acoustics, which was recorded on the same acoustic guitar A Day to Remember uses on their hit “If It Means a Lot to You.” Keir said that “February” is one of his favorite tracks on the new album for many reasons, but most specifically due to the expressive lyrics.

“We wanted to make sure that the lyrics we’re writing aren’t just things you hear all the time. We wanted to write things that matter to us more poetically than just being really straightforward,” said Keir in an interview at a local Starbucks.

Keir explained that having band practice three to four times a week is always a blast for him because he’s playing music that he loves with his best friends.

WFLT has a Twitter account with over 12,000 followers and hilarious tweets. Make sure to check out and follow With Friends Like These on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to stay up to date with their latest shows and releases.

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