Good Time Charlies
Winchester Railway
Nov 9th 2011
Live Review

Garage rock n roll is an overlooked staple of the live circuit.

When it’s done well, though, it’s about as pure as rock music can get. I’ve been seeing The Good Time Charlies for years. I even saw their previous band; The Green Hornets. They were good then, but have broken the rules of rock n roll by somehow becoming even better over the years.

Their are now hitting first gear with their garage shakes. The twin guitar attack is like switchblades, they are so damned tight, razor blade tight, swooping riffs and ideas like machine guns. Both guitar players sing and they have that on the edge of a nervous breakdown thing down perfect. This is histrionics channeled into melody, sweet backing vocals switch into adrenalised , neck vein bulging passion.

They also have great songs, real songs, songs that can veer towards Buzzcocks pure guitar rush but with added garage riffola that is hooked down by the tough and pile driving rhythm section who look like Dr. Feelgood after a long night out.

With the visceral rush of The Standells, the bone stomping swagger of The Monks and a big dollop of punk rock, The Good Time Charlies are fast emerging as a genuine proposition.

It’s time that they were booked at some punk festivals, their energized cranked guitar workout is perfect for the punk scene and beyond.

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Award winning journalist and boss of Louder Than War. In a 30 year music writing career, John was the first to write about bands such as Stone Roses and Nirvana and has several best selling music books to his name. He constantly tours the world with Goldblade and the Membranes playing gigs or doing spoken word and speaking at music conferences.


  1. Totally agree, this band kick ass…new album is great too…can’t wait to see them at The Wedgewood Rooms, Southsea on Dec 23rd…GTC RULE!


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