GOOD FRIEND • Ride The Storm • LP
Gunner Records 2017
These three Irish lads originally come from around Belfast/Northern Ireland but they moved to Newcastle, England to get shitty jobs and form a band. The jobs did indeed turn out to be shitty, but the band turned out great! The youngsters hammered away at the songs and their rowdy music quickly drew friends and fans to the party. They sold out their first hometown show and figured it was time for their first proper release, and that's when we got involved. Singer Adam has been a Red Scare comrade since he was a wee sprog (that's Irish for young kid) and the first listen had us sold on the songs. "Ride The Storm" is 10 tracks of rock-influenced punk that remind us of bands like Alkaline Trio, The Flatliners, and Millencolin. There's Gaelic folklore, drinking songs, and nautical themes throughout this debut album. We at Red Scare love discovering promising young bands from weird places and bringing them to the rest of the world, and we have another winner with Good Friend!