Ireland’s loss has been Newcastle’s gain since Good Friend moved to the region. The rowdy three-piece are celebrating the launch of their debut album, Ride The Storm, on 18th November, which has been picked up by American label Red Scare.
Possessed of an in-your-face attitude, with plenty of angst-ridden vocals peppering tracks which throb with chugging guitars and massive choruses, the band’s comparisons to the likes of Alkaline Trio and The Flatliners are pretty spot on. Beholden with an Irish charm to their American-inflected vocal style, the album is scattered with tales of shit jobs and raucous drinking songs. D.L.B drips with rancour, while the popping drums of Overloading The Limiter underpin a racing guitar line. Future anthem The Curious Case of Hy-Brasil features mile-a-minute riffs and nautical themes aplenty; while Curse The Name’s call and response opening and sassy guitar licks is deliciously sexy.
Ride The Storm is a relentless collection of punky pissed off rock and roll. Good Friend vocalist and bassist Adam Carroll explains the thoughts behind the album’s title. “We’re calling it Ride The Storm because we used this band and these songs to come out the other side of three very shitty years here in the UK. Me and the boys are ready to share these songs with all our friends and make some new friends while we do it!” The band officially launch the album with an instore at Beatdown Records, Newcastle on Friday 18th November.