Searching ‘Goodtime Boys‘ on Google may be a risky tactic, but you can be assured that if you’re able to limit your search to purely musical endeavours, you will come across a band on the cusp of a breakthrough. The UK’s Goodtime Boys‘ debut album, ‘Rain’, is a change from their previously recorded material, but it’s a change for the better.
It’s difficult to make a name for yourself in post-hardcore. Because it’s such a broadly and often misused tag, its official sound has become lost over the past few years. A quick search on Last.fm has the top artists as A Day To Remember, Asking Alexandria, Fugazi, and At The Drive-In. It’s clear that some vast majority has got the wrong end of the stick somewhere along the way. Goodtime Boys slot into post-hardcore done in the way that’s it’s supposed to be done, taking influence from bands that shaped the genre.
You’d think that ‘Rain’ would be an angry and bitter affair, like most other releases from young bands these days, but it’s actually a really easy record to put on and just listen to without having to strain yourself. From the mellow beginnings of ‘Washout’ all the way through to ‘Downpour’, ‘Rain’ is an education in intriguing and interesting new music.
It’s a strange vibe about ‘Rain’; it’s almost like Goodtime Boys should be a pop-punk band in places with the energy that they’re exerting. Despite the fact that Goodtime Boys could also be classified as an emo band, it’s not a melancholic affair. ‘Rain’ flows naturally through satisfying crests and dips in the musical environment, leaving behind a luscious green garden of emotional prowess.
The world is on Goodtime Boys‘ plate right now. Should they tread the correct path, there’s no reason why they can’t be headlining tours for years to come.
Written by MG Savage (@MGsavagewriter)
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