The track features guest vocals from Yastin, the vocalist of fellow Japanese pop-punk act Good Grief. The track was released as a digital single on the 21st of February. The band will be playing a show on the 24th at MOLE HALL in Nagano to celebrate the release, more information for those in Japan can be found here.
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Thursday, February 22, 2018 at 12:17 AM (PST) by Shane Dover
Good Grief, the pop-punks from the Ibaraki Prefecture in Japan, have released another fittingly sweet EP, titled Sweet, capturing the sound of the new wave of Japanese pop-punk they’re a part of. Here I’ll give a rundown of the three tracks on the EP, framing a release that I feel could be quite important in the modern Japanese pop-punk scene. (You can find a Japanese translation of the review down below as well).
The starting point of the EP is a more aggressive track titled “Blue Ink.” The track deals with the common theme of a relationship ending and the grim feelings of something missing from yourself once the good times have ended. The line “Cause I cannot forget, The way you used to paint me sky blue,” is followed towards the end of the song with the sombre delivery of “Now it’s just blue,” which leads into the most iconic moment of the song in the dramatic harmonized yell of “You can’t help me out!” is such a powerful ending to an opening track. If you haven’t already, check out the stellar video for the track here.
“Mayfly,” the second track of the EP, feels like a desperate call out into the night, with a relatable theme on past relationships but taking a more contemplative and yet lost angle than “Blue Ink.” There’s a lot of solid and catchy lines on this track, from “I’m not sure why I think it’s best, to get trapped into the bitter memories,” to the distant yelling of “I guess I’ll never talk this way again, I guess I’ll never call you mine again” that finishes off the track. An excellent mid point for the short EP.
An exciting acoustic track titled “Far” finishes off the EP, hearing Good Grief work acoustically was something I was looking forward to hearing. Seeing whether their normally melancholic yet fast and punky style could be taken down a few notches and work within a calm and twinkly acoustic setting was an interesting proposal, and they definitely did work. Rui, the vocalist from See You Smile, has a perfectly fitting feature on the track, his and Yastin’s vocals work well together over the acoustic guitars layered with interspersed piano.
The band use this EP to hone their sound, creating their most clear and well realized sound so far. Hopefully this EP leads to the band planning a full length release for this year, as I feel it could come out similar to how Mutt showed the full development of All Found Bright Lights‘ style as they found a place of their own to stand out.
Good Grief, along with See You Smile, Castaway, KICKASSRAY, All Found Bright Lights and many more, are bringing in this fusion of more modern pop-punk and punk-rock influences with the 2007-2010 era pop-punk sound in America. Sweet captures this sound excellently, however one point to make on this being a Japanese release is that it gives off a very Summer feel but was released in the midst of Winter. That being said, the tracks still have plenty of appeal in the cold months, and light a fire in the listener at times. Definitely worth your time, and a great place to start to dive into the modern world of Japanese pop-punk.
Sunday, December 24, 2017 at 8:03 PM (PST) by Shane Dover
The track is taken from the band’s upcoming EP Sweet, which is set to be released on January 19th, 2018. The video also contains footage from the band’s live shows throughout the year.
Wednesday, November 22, 2017 at 9:20 AM (PST) by Shane Dover
Pop-punks from the Ibaraki Prefecture in Japan Good Grief have announced their third EP, which will be titled Sweet. The band has also released a music video for the track “Blue Ink” taken from the upcoming EP, you can check it out below.
Sweet will follow the band’s second EP released on August 11th this year titled Home. You can listen to a stream of that EP here.
Sunday, August 6, 2017 at 3:04 AM (PST) by Shane Dover
Along with the stream, the band has released a lyric video for the title track. You can watch this below the stream. Home is set to be released on August 11, and is Good Grief’s second EP, following their debut EP No Perfect released on December 18, 2016.
Home will be Good Grief’s second EP, following their debut EP No Perfect, which was released on December 18, 2016. The 3 track EP is set to drop on August 11, and will feature the track “Pavements” from their 3-way split with KICKASSRAY and See You Smile.
Wednesday, June 7, 2017 at 8:56 AM (PST) by Shane Dover
Pop-punks from the Ibaraki Prefecture in Japan Good Grief, Kanazawa based punks KICKASSRAY, and Tokyo based pop-punk act See You Smile have announced they will be releasing a 3-way split physically on June 29th, and have made the tracks available to stream. You can listen to all 3 below.
The Good Grief and See You Smile tracks are brand new to the split, whilst the KICKASSRAY track was also featured on their recent single release Bad Dream. The Good Grief track also features guest vocals from KiN of Japanese hardcore band HORSEHEAD NEBULA.
Wednesday, December 21, 2016 at 10:15 AM (PST) by Shane Dover
Good Grief’s first release was a collection of three early demos, which are also available to stream or pay-what-you-want download here, via their Bandcamp page.