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We haven’t been able to post as much lately due to busy schedules. I have the next couple days off though. This should help get people excited again. After releasing a self-titled album last year that topped a lot of “Best Of” lists, here is another record that keeps that momentum going.
It’s really nice to see Asian Man Records staying relevant with bands like this, BTMI!, Spraynard, and Andrew Jackson Jihad. Mike Park has been running this great label since way back in 1989, and has served as stepping stone for great bands like Alkaline Trio, The Lawrence Arms, Skankin’ Pickle, and the Blue Meanies. I feel very fortunate to be able to meet this great, compassionate guy years ago when he did a living room tour across the United States. When we got him to play at one of our houses, we nearly jizzed our checkerboard shorts. I emphasize compassionate because not only does he put our good music, but he stands for good values with his non-profit organization Plea For Peace.
Speaking of Andrew Jackson, you can catch them with Joyce Manor. Tour Dates here.
Sorry, went off on a tangent, I’ll get to the point.
Kind of Like: Veils, The Long Haul, Pariso //// Hot Water Music, Calvin Ball, Junior Battles
Genres: Post-hardcore, Screamo, Punk //// Punk, Pop Punk, Post-hardcore
Spotify: Hell naw
Recently, I was listening to Goodtime Boys’ Are We Now, Or Have We Ever Been, and I realized how much I really enjoy this UK band for different reasons than I like other UK bands like Veils or Kerouac. While they certainly fit in line with those bands, I feel like GTB have something distinct about them that I can’t put my finger on. Maybe it’s more of a thrash/punk feel and more use of higher melodic chords compared to the low and churning mathy sounds. Then again those other UK bands use those too, and Goodtime does the churning mathiness. Hell, I don’t know, maybe it’s just their vocalist, Alex Pennie. He does have a pretty lengthy and eclectic resume, and he has a ton of raw emotion in GTB. Yeah, that could be it.
Anyways, I was listening to their latest EP, and I was like shit, I need to figure out what these guys are up to or have done in the past. I wasn’t able to find any news about a new release from last years EP, but I did find out they started out with a split from another UK band, Solutions, a year before. I really like splits like this, the bands complement eachother, but don’t fall into all of the same categories; just the broad spectrum of “punk”. Or whatever the fuck you want to call it.
Goodtime Boys delivers 4 songs (well, 3 if you combine the intro with the first song) that are just as powerful as the ones in Are We Now, and I have a feeling I am going to be having both on shuffle now that I have everything they have recorded thus far. The other band on this split, Solutions, is more of a Hot Water Music mixed with Latterman pop punk band. They also really reminded me of another band we saw at Fest from the UK, Calvinball.
Overall, really solid split, and I really hope GTB is going to be working on new material soon. Another EP would be nice, I am starting to appreciate hardcore EPs more than LPs. Just seem stronger to me. All killer, no filler. Sum 41.
Speaking of the UK, I am really digging “Life’s Too Short”. It’s on HBO in the U.S. I wish there was a clip of the scene in which the phrase “He just threw up on his penis” was used, but it isn’t out there. However, this clip is just as hilariously awkward.
This is the brand new LP from the Sidekicks. A month or so ago their EP Grace was featured on here, and that was their introduction to the first single “Grace” off of this LP. If you really liked Cheap Girls latest release, then you can look forward to this one as well. Feel good pop punk.
It’s nice to see the boys from bands like Algernon, Snowing, and Glocca Morra try something that is somewhat out of their comfort zone as far as recent projects go. I am assuming Zack from Glocca Morra is on the vocals, and Tank from Algernon is doing drums. Then sprinkle in other people from Snowing and what not. I have a feeling I met some of them in Philadelphia, but the only name I remember is Zack’s. This is pretty lo-fi, but it sounds cool like that. It’s like an old fun garage rock/pop punk band. This comes out on 4/20, heh.
This is from Grand Rapids natives and was even recorded with Rick Johnson of Mustard Plug fame. It is a stream rip, so if you want the better quality stuff, you should buy it. It is being put out by the Grand Rapids label Tapes Not Bombs that is run by Kevin Nunn from this band. It has been creating a bit of buzz the past couple weeks and rightly so, it is fun stuff.