We wish Dan and his bandmates all the very best.
Real Friends have cancelled their upcoming shows in Australia, Europe and the UK to focus on mental health.
"Hello everybody, Dan here. I wanted to let you all know that Real Friends will be cancelling our upcoming international appearances in Australia, Europe, and the UK," wrote frontman Dan Lambton.
"This has come recommended by both the band and my psychiatrist so I can have time to continue learning to live and deal with my diagnosis of bipolar disorder. Since coming home from recording, I am sober, on new medication, and undergoing an intensive outpatient group therapy program per the recommendation of my therapist."
"I am continuing to better myself so that Warped Tour this summer will be a fresh start for not only me, but for Real Friends as a whole. We all want to be the best possible versions of ourselves as individuals and in turn be the best possible version of Real Friends."
"We appreciate your support and understanding, and we want to note that this conversation about mental health will continue, but for now I’ll be continuing my treatment, and we’ll make Warped Tour something so special for you all. Thank you all for your love and support."
Dan then tweeted the below:
I plan on making a more detailed and elaborate statement concerning these cancellations once I can give the proper time to it because I feel that you all deserve to know what is going on, how my actions have affected those around me, and how I am taking steps to better myself.— Dan Lambton (@donnylumpkins) March 23, 2018
Also, thank you for your patience, understanding, and support during this time.— Dan Lambton (@donnylumpkins) March 23, 2018
For clarity, Real Friends will still be appearing on Warped Tour. Just wanted to clear that up in case there was any confusion.— Dan Lambton (@donnylumpkins) March 23, 2018
UPDATE: Slam Dunk have confirmed on Twitter that Real Friends will no longer be a part of the Slam Dunk 2018 line-up. They are in the process of securing a suitable replacement, and will make an announcement on who that will be shortly.
See Slam Dunk's full statement below:
Unfortunately Real Friends will no longer be a part of the #SDF18 line-up, please see their statement below. Whilst we are saddened by news, we wholeheartedly support the decision and wish Dan all the best in his recovery. A replacement band will be announced shortly. https://t.co/NA6plYyoRA— Slam Dunk (@SlamDunkMusic) March 30, 2018
A little while back, we spoke to the frontman about an upcoming third album.
Here's an excerpt:
SO THIS ALBUM IS THE REAL REAL FRIENDS?
“It’s just us, that’s the record. It’s fucking heart-on-our-sleeve bullshit, but it’s our heart on our sleeve and maybe it’ll end up on yours someday. And that’s the thing, we don’t need to worry about what we can do, we need to worry about what we can’t do and how we can remedy that, because by now we know what we can do really well so to figure out what we can’t do, we find people that can help us do it or we see who would like to figure out how to do it on their own terms, like you want to be more involved with something? Fucking step up buddy, say something and we’re all doing that now.”
IS THIS THE DEFINING STATEMENT FOR REAL FRIENDS?
“I think yes and I think we’ll at least be able to have LP four after this! And then we’ll see where we go from there..."