Indie rock group, The Academic, are gearing up for the release of their debut album, Tales From the Backseat, January 12th. They’ve put out a pre-release the other day consisting of 3 singles. “Why Can’t Be Friends” is one of those tracks. This radio ready pop track has a groovy rhythm that just makes you want to sway. The guitar and bass melodies compliment the somber lead vocal well. A lot of the lyrics are repetitive, but doesn’t that make a great pop song? You’ll definitely be able to sing along after the first listen. Not only is the melody an earworm, the lyrics are incredibly relatable. It covers the topic of being in the friend zone and hating every minute of it. I’m sure you’ve all been there at some point! “Why Can’t We Be Friends” is a great addition to the album and I can’t wait to hear Tales From the Backseat in its entirety!