'Thanks But No Thanks' is a short but sweet blast of gravelly-voiced, emotional punk-rock. Much like their obvious influence The Menzingers, their pursuit of connection has led them to specialise in a gruff, melancholic brand of nostalgia.
If you’re not yet convinced by Real Friends, this will do little to change your mind. However, long-time fans will love this, and this collection of songs will almost certainly find its way into their playlists for years to come.
While nu-metal is currently having another moment in the sun, you get the feeling that Graphic Nature would be making this kind of music anyway. Whether the band stick with this style in future, or explore different sounds, if they approach it with the same directness, passion and creativity as they have on their debut, then the future is very bright indeed.