New Jersey pop punkers FRND CRCL crashed onto the music scene with their 2020 sophomore full-length, Internet Noise (our review here) and since then, have been keeping their word that they are in fact, the new noise. Their songs provide easy listening nostalgia, wearing their 2000s pop punk influence on their sleeve while playing cheeky, heartfelt anthems that’s hard not to catch onto.
Unleashing their brand new single ‘Complications’ this week, FRND CRCL are poised and ready to establish themselves bigger than last year’s release. The band explain their premise behind the explosive new track:
“‘Complications’ is a big move for FRND CRCL. We wanted to leave behind the grey areas in our previous music and just try to make something that would hit as soon as you hear it. Seeing the revival of pop punk across the board during the height of the pandemic, we wanted to make our own breakthrough into the modern pop punk scene and do it in our own way. “Complications” is everything good and loved about previous FRND CRCL music, brought up to speed with the modern world of pop punk. Hopefully to be, the next certified banger on your playlist.”
You could say that again. Pairing an undeniably catchy hook with tongue in cheek lyrics, ‘Complications’ sounds like the band have finetuned their style and seem more than ready to defend their title as one of pop punk’s loudest noisemakers. Yeah, it’s still super nostalgic like much of their last record, but FRND CRCL are also setting the benchmark for the modern pop punk era higher than ever before. It’s a solid progression for an upcoming US act who are on the verge of their breakthrough and now that they’ve signed to Vinnie Fiorello’s (Less Than Jake) Lost Music Collective label, these boys are set up to make even more noise than before.
Words by Tamara May @citylightstam