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Free Friends “Taking Time” with Hit The Lights, Matt Malpass

Free Friends, featuring the talents of Maryland power couple Ben and Lauren DeHan alongside new drummer, Gil Perez, have released their debut single, “Taking Time.” Their first Matt Malpass produced release also features the vocal talents of Nick Thompson of Hit The Lights and Thief Club.

Baltimore pop punk royalty, Ben DeHan has planted his feet firmly back into his roots with the latest single from his newest project, Free Friends. “Taking Time,” produced in California with Matt Malpass (Blink-182, Magnolia Park), is a “raw and unfiltered anthem that plunges deep into the abyss of life’s crossroads,” according to DeHan, “an invitation to step into the unknown, to embrace life’s tumultuous ride, and to find solace in the chaos.”

“Taking Time” acknowledges the spirit of the struggle outlined in DeHan’s prior releases like “Broken Bones” and “Last Flight,” but the culmination of “Taking Time” feels thoroughly more elevated and optimistic. It isn’t just the music video’s setting in Myrtle Beach, SC that sets this tone, but an aura established from the lyrics, chord progressions, and augmented throughout the production.

And forever seems less distant / When I’m staring at these waves / If you called me I would answer / But I just can’t stay the same

“Taking Time” is available now on major streaming platforms like YouTube, Spotify, and Apple Music.

Daniel Warren Hill

Daniel Warren Hill is an American musician, writer, and motivational speaker. He is best known as the frontman for Washington DC area Alternative Rock band YellowTieGuy, as co-founder of Capitol Groove Collective, and increasing the exposure of artists on a global scale through his work with Alchemical Records. 

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