We’ve been following the progress of melodic hardcore / screamo outfit Goodtime Boys for some time now and were stoked when they were invited to join the roster of influential Boston hardcore label Bridge Nine a couple of years ago. Their debut studio album, Rain, is due out on said label on May 20th, and if you scroll down you can stream a taster track off it.
Rain will effectively be the fourth release by the Cardiff based band on bridge Nine following the Every Landscape EP, the What’s Left to Let Go double EP (both in 2012) and the Things I Still Don’t Understand single which came out in Feb. The band have been together since 2009 which, by todays standards of bands considering themselves to have failed if they aren’t making enough to be able to quit their day jobs within a year, represents quite a long time. In those five years they’ve moulded out their own niche in the world of hardcore and have slowly, almost unnoticed, risen to the top of the pile as one of the more interesting and best hardcore bands plying their trade today.
The track they’ve graced us as a first taster from the album, ‘Moral Decay’, is typical Goodtime Boys – drenched in emotion, pace changes, riffs and basically the sort of music that you’d expect coming from a band who’ve shared a stage with the likes of La Dispute and Touche Amore. The track scorches from the off and progresses in similar fashion, crashing along until hitting the brakes somewhat, allowing the band to show off their collective musicianship, before closing with a shiver-inducing climax.
Vocalist Alexander Pennie had this to say of the track:
“‘Moral Decay’ is one of the first handfuls of songs we wrote for Rain last year … It focuses on my frustration with the world, with the human race destroying a beautiful planet and the average individual’s inability to take literal or emotional responsibility for their own actions by looking to others or the heavens for answers. A tried and tested method that has failed us.”
More details about the album plus tour dates below Moral Decay:
As we haven’t heard the album yet we’re going to have to quote of the press release to give you some idea of what it’s going to sound like:
Though Rain is driven with an almost consistently aggressive thrust and unpredictably spastic inclinations, the bands introspective exploration of loss, longing, and existential crises result in flashes of heartrending crescendos and gracefully woven atmosphere. While the album’s title seems to reference the doggedly overcast ether the band’s UK homeland usually brings to mind, its floral cover reminds us that the grayscale spectrum of cathartic sorrow can also result in colorful growth and beauty.
- 1. Washout
- 2. Wallflower
- 3. Doubt
- 4. Life Moves
- 5. Dandelion
- 6. Hypocrisy
- 7. Cloudbursts
- 8. Moral Decay
- 9. Daydreamer
- 10. Folsom
- 11. Newspaper Sky
- 12. Downpour
Live dates – May:
- 24 Undertone, Cardiff
- 26 Santiago’s Bar, Leeds
- 28 Exchange, Bristol
- 29 Kraak Gallery, Manchester
- 30 Intake, Mansfield
- 31 Power Lunches, Dalston, London
- 01 Studio Bar, Penzance
Rain by Goodtime Boys can be pre-ordered here: bridge9.com/read/3106/goodtime-boys-rain-pre-orders-launched