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Album Review: Goddamnit – “I’ll Never Be Okay, I’ll Never Be the Same”

In a moment of self reflection, I realized I am the horrendous cliche of a beard punk dude. I’m on the bad side of my twenties, my face is half-covered in fur, and I finally gave in and bought a pair of New Balance’s. So, keep in mind, when you’re reading this review, I’m a man with a fair amount of flannel. This is sorta the stuff I go for. So, when Goddamnit’s I’ll Never Be Okay, I’ll Never Be the Same was pitched to me, it tripped over my most valued inner search engine optimizer– FFO: Hot Water Music.

Well, when you invoke the saviors, how can I say no?

Goddamnit is from Philly, and accordingly, they’re not out of place with all of the associations I have with Pennsylvania punk. Ma Jolie, The Menzingers, Captain, We’re Sinking, Restorations– you know the names. They play melodic punk colored with post-hardcore and emo, intricate arrangements that share the spotlight with the songwriting. Goddamnit has a touch more alt rock in their sound than the others, openly owning up to Foo Fighters’ influence in their press release. The result is a pretty solid sounding album, in the sense that some of those 90s emo sounds can be airy and fleeting. The alt rock grounds the album into something more substantial and a bit chunkier. It’s a difficult balance, because a little too much in the other direction could have drained all the punk from Goddamnit’s veins. For the most part, the balance is struck and I’ll Never Be Okay, I’ll Never Be the Same ends up being one of the better albums of 90s worship I’ve heard in a long time without ever sinking too deep into pantomime.

“Fix Dis” begins with a phone call sound byte that is probably supposed to signal desperation, but doesn’t quite nail an emotion for me, as much as it lampshades a musical trope. But then again, I’ve never been a big fan of that sort of thing. Either way, the song is excellent, a bookmark that opens the page to acts like Quicksand and Sunny Day Real Estate and bridges the gap to modern melodic punk. “Letterbox” is one of my favorite songs on the record, with its clackety-clak drumbeats and guitar-heavy attack. When it gets to the loud riffage in the end, it sweeps you up in energy before succumbing to noise.

When it comes to bellowed choruses and post-hardcore hold-and-release, Goddamnit is at their best. The middle of the album is filled with strong, contemplative jams and big hooks. “Third Time’s a Charm” is the closest they get to any outside the box musical decisions with a couple piano chords, which is a shame because, I’d hate to think that the genre that gave us Fugazi, Shellac, and Quicksand can only grow in the one direction that modern punk has decided to drag it– to unabashed accessibility. But, that’s exactly where I’ll Never Be Okay… takes us, ending the album with an acoustic pop punk song. The most interesting part of “The Message” is the programmed, fuzzed out hip hop beat that opens it; otherwise, it feels like a saccharine call back to the worst of the genre, another “Swing Life Away” to be filed away as a reason to lift the needle early.

Goddamnit succeeds more than they misstep, and if you can handle I’ll Never Be Okay, I’ll Never Be the Same’s dalliances with the sillier traits of their influences, there’s a lot to admire in this release. The pop-acoustic finish and megaphone vocals are easy to glance over when you get into the meat of the album. There are a couple opportunities for editing, but as an album, it largely succeeds when it is played loud and driven toward catharsis on the backs of winding riffs.

3.5/5



Music Video: Goddamnit – “A Steady Diet of Sugar”

Philly punks Goddamnit have released a music video for their song “A Steady Diet of Sugar”, which you can check out below.

“A Steady Diet of Sugar” is taken from Goddamnit’s recent album I’m Not Okay, I’ll Never Be the Same, which was released earlier this month (March 3rd) via Jump Start Records.



Music Video: Goddamnit – “Letterbox”

Philly punks Goddamnit have released a music video for their song “Letterbox”, which you can check out below.

“Letterbox” is taken from Goddamnit’s recent album I’m Not Okay, I’ll Never Be the Same, which was released last week (March 3rd) via Jump Start Records.



Full Album Stream: Goddamnit – “I’ll Never Be Okay, I’ll Never Be The Same”

A couple of days in front of the release of their upcoming full-length, “I’m Not Okay, I’ll Never Be The Same,” Philly punks Goddamnit are streaming that very album in its entirety. Check it out here, kids!

“I’m Not Okay, I’ll Never Be The Same” is due out this Friday (March 3rd) on Jump Start Records, and serves as the follow-up to their 2014 debut full-length, “How To Take The Burn.”



New Music: Goddamnit – “Fix Dis” from upcoming album “I’ll Never Be Okay, I’ll Never Be The Same”

Philly punks Goddamnit have debuted another song from their upcoming full-length, “I’m Not Okay, I’ll Never Be The Same.” The new track is called “Fix Dis,” and you can put it in your earholes right here.

 

“I’m Not Okay, I’ll Never Be The Same” is due out March 3rd on Jump Start Records, and serves as the follow-up to their 2014 debut full-length, “How To Take The Burn.”



GODDAMNIT signs with Jump Start Records, announce new LP and tour dates

Phillidelphia Hardcore act GODDAMNIT have just signed with Jump Start Records. The band has also announced that they will be releasing the new LP “I’ll Never Be The Same” some time in 2016. Finally, they’ve also released a series of tour dates, that will take them from the south up the east coast over the course of October and Novemeber. Check the dates out below.



Goddamnit announce East Coast tour dates

Philadelphia post-hardcore band Goddamnit will be hitting the road this week on a string of dates that will take them down to their appearance at Fest and back via the scenic route that is places like Nashville and Columbus, Ohio. Check out the full rundown of dates below.

Goddamnit’s debut full length, How To Take The Burn, was released back in 2014 on Creep Records. Their sophomore album is due out on Jump Start Records next year!



Album Review: Goddamnit – “How to Take the Burn”

On paper, Goddamnit’s debut album, How to Take the Burn, sounds goddamn perfect. Taking influences from Jawbreaker, Quicksand, and Lifetime, while also (presumably) taking their band name from Alkaline Trio? Sign me up! However, in practice, it’s not quite as perfect. It’s a good debut album, but it doesn’t come without its faults, as minimal as they may be.

If the band’s listed influences haven’t already tipped you off, there’s lots of scratchy shouting, and explosive guitars going on in these songs. This isn’t a bad thing: there’s a reason why so many people responded positively to Lifetime and Jawbreaker in the 90’s and undoubtedly people will respond positively to Goddamnnit doing it now in 2014. And between songs like “Quiet Distractions”, “We Play Craps”, “It’s Over Now” and the title track, How to Take the Burn has a lot to offer to fans of post-hardcore’s heyday.
Even with all of these great things going on throughout How to Take the Burn, something still feels off. The album isn’t even that long (it clocks in at approximately 38 minutes), but it feels like it drags on, especially during its second half. The sequencing might be partially to blame here: putting one acoustic song directly in the middle of the album and a second acoustic jam as the album closer does disrupt the flow, giving off the feel of two separate EPs being thrown together as opposed to one unified body of work. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, it’s just a bit distracting.

In spite of these complaints, How to Take the Burn is still worth a listen. Even Jawbreaker, Lifetime, and Alkaline Trio all released debut albums that showed lots of strong promise but ultimately the parts were greater than their sum, and the band’s best works were still ahead of them (I suppose that’s debatable in Alkaline Trio’s case but that’s besides the point). There’s a lot about How to Take the Burn that sounds good, and all the right pieces are definitely there, they just don’t all come together as cohesively. At least not this time around: with a little tweaking, Goddamnit could very well be on their way to releasing their own landmark album to be held in high regard by punk rockers twenty years from now.

3.5 / 5 Stars

RIYL: Lifetime, Jawbreaker, Alkaline Trio



Goddamnit to tour this May

Philadelphia post-hardcore band Goddamnit will be hitting the road this week in support of their debut album, “How To Take The Burn”.

You can check out the complete list of dates below.

You can also listen to a stream of the album by clicking here.



Full Album Stream: Goddamnit – “How To Take The Burn”

Philadelphia post-hardcore band Goddamnit has just released their newest album, “How To Take The Burn”, today through Creep Records.

The band is streaming the entire album for your listening pleasure, and you can check it out below.

Goddamnit will be hitting the road to promote the new work, so be sure to view a complete list of tour dates and locations below.