The key to a great live performance doesn’t always involve a rapturous crowd reaction. The key ingredients in fact involve presence and entertainment, which impacts in grand proportions. Welsh post hardcore troupe Goodtime Boys will have the world at their feet based on this performance. Older songs like ‘Breathe’ and ‘Callous’ display such grace and cathartic shine, it’s hard not to mesmerise yourself in it. On the other hand, it is the new material from upcoming debut album ‘Rain’ which sticks out here. All the grace and poetic catharsis has evolved into a secular, anthemic epitaph. The phrase “music to my ears” couldn’t be more applicable here. ‘Life Moves’ (which is now available for streaming) is a good example of this. All in all, this writer can safely say the impression made by Goodtime Boys has engulfed the idle audience. (4/5)
Goodtime Boys are too good! Can’t wait to see them with Defeater.
In fact, I’m more excited to see them than More Than Life.
Before I analyse and pick apart this release, I just want to say that as a reviewer I find it difficult to review compilations such as these, especially considering only two of the eighteen bands have releases on the label. For some background info on said label, Beach Community is its name and it is based in Oxford. The label only just began in August; it specialises in punk, hardcore and anything related releases. This compilation entitled ‘Life’s A Beach’ is their first release and gives on an idea of the sort of music they put out. It also acts as a tribute to the quality of releases within these genres.
Most of the bands featured on this comp belong to the indie, emo, post hardcore and pop punk genres of the punk spectrum. What’s also great is that both sides of the Atlantic are covered, as the crème de la cream of the American and UK scenes rub shoulder to shoulder together. Having Balance and Composure’s ‘Reflection’ lead into the progressive marvels featured in ‘Interiors’ by Crash of Rhinos is a resounding stroke of genius. In fact seeing all the great names selected for this compilation helps to give a well thought out idea of how great the current punk scene has got it. Daylight, Gnarwolves, Joyce Manor, Dikembe, Nai Harvest, Moose Blood, Defeater… it’s hard to argue with the label that they have firm grasp of what’s great in the here and now
I recently reviewed a new compilation made by new Oxford label Beach Community. They specialise in punk and hardcore.
The comp features a wealth of great bands in this genre including Daylight, Crash of Rhinos, Balance and Composure etc.
This comp also features a song from the up coming Hindsights record (The label’s first original release).
1. Pity Sex - Feast of Love
Combining punk and shoegaze into a heavenly blend, Pity Sex are sublime. Tunes that will do marvels to your scenic pleasures.
2. Crash of Rhinos - Knots
All the promise found on previous LP Distal has paid off. With Knots Crash of Rhinos are geniuses in progressiveness and melancholy. They chime, charm and roar profoundly. Post hardcore/emo not to be missed; hear it to believe it.
3. Defeater - Letters Home
Consistent as ever, this Boston hardcore band are at their heaviest on LP3. Melody clings as they tell the tale of an ex soldier father figure who falls from grace. Cathartic and poignant as ever. It’s not new ground sure but it’s done so well.
4. Waxahatchee - Cerulean Salt
A surprise gem found in the musical coal mines of America. Waxahatchee is new solo project from former P.S. Eliot member Katie Crutchfield. The perfect soundtrack for lowly summer nights. This is sweet indie rock Kim Deal and PJ Harvey would be proud of.
5. Iceage - You’re Nothing
Danish punks Iceage snottily twist and turn on LP 2. Wall to wall noise rock at it’s finest with post punk flavour.
Would it be weird if I wanted to form a band in the vein of Husker Du, The Replacements, Fucked Up, Defeater, Pixies, and Modern Life Is War?
FUCK YOU AMERICA!
Anyway This Is Hardcore looks incredible this year.
Kid Dynamite, Tragedy, The Suicide File, Defeater, Nails, boysetsfire, Negative Approach, Panic, Ceremony, Trapped Under Ice…
and most importantly Modern Life Is War!
Though bit of a piss take in regards to timing and announcing it today of all days!