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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



Kill Lincoln (Washington, ska) announce West Coast tour dates for this July

Washington ska punks Kill Lincoln have announced a short tour of the West Coast this July. The band will be joined by Fairhaven and various other artists. Details of the supports, and dates can be found below.



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.”



Crucial Dudes stream new song “Weed Demon”

New Jersey punk band Crucial Dudes are streaming a new song titled “Weed Demon,” which you can check out here.

“Weed Demon” will appear on the band’s upcoming two-song EP, which is set to release on August 19th. It will be first new music they’ve released in 5 years.



Kill Lincoln release new song “Second Cities”

Washington, DC ska-punks Kill Lincoln have released a new song ahead of their upcoming tour.

Give “Second Cities” a listen below while you refresh yourself on the bands’ upcoming tour dates.

Kill Lincoln last released an EP titled Good Riddance To Good Advice through Jump Start Records. Their sole full-length album That’s Cool…In A Totally Negative And Destructive Way was released in 2013 on the same label.



Astpai streaming new EP ” Run From Home”

Austria’s Astpai are streaming their their new EP Run From Home in its entirety.

You can check it out below.

Run From Home was released April 15, 2016 via Ass-Card Records/ Jump Start. EP consists of 3 b-sides off their previous full-length, “Burden Calls.,” which was released in 2015. They are celebrating the release of “Run From Home” on a short trip throughout Central and Western Europe this month.



Kill Lincoln announce US tour dates

Washington, DC ska-punks Kill Lincoln have announced a run of US tour dates kicking off at the end of May in their hometown of DC and wrapping on 6/5 in Philly. Check out the dates and locations in the poster above.

Kill Lincoln last released an EP titled Good Riddance To Good Advice through Jump Start Records. Their sole full-length album That’s Cool…In A Totally Negative And Destructive Way was released in 2013 on the same label.



Astpai release music video for new song “Fainting,” announce European tour

Austria’s Astpai have premiered the music video for their song new “Fainting.”

You can watch it below.

Their “Run From Home” EP will be released in April through Ass-Card Records/ Jump Start Records. EP will consist of 3 b-sides off their previous full-length, “Burden Calls.,” which was released in 2015. They will be celebrating the release of “Run From Home” on a short trip throughout Central and Western Europe in April.



Astpai announces new EP “Run From Home”

Austria’s Astpai have announced a new EP coming out in April called “Run From Home.” The EP will consist of 3 b-sides off their previous full-length, “Burden Calls.” Ass-Card Records will handle the European release and in the US the release will go through Jump Start Records.

You can view the band’s statement on the EP as well as a video teaser for the upcoming EP below.



MxPx and Screeching Weasel announce Australian shows

Iconic pop-punk bands MxPx and Screeching Weasel will be heading down under to play three Australian shows in May. You can check out the dates and locations below.

MxPx’s latest album Plans Within Plans was released in 2012 through Jump Start Records. Screeching Weasel released part one of a two-part rock opera titled Baby Fat in May, 2015 on Recess Records.



Free Music: Still Alive’s “Ransom Note”

Chicago ska-core act Still Alive are offering up a previously-unreleased track called “Ransom Note.”  You can listen to it below, and if you like it, you can download it for free right here.

Still Alive’s latest album, Choices, was released last August through Jump Start Records.



Music Video: Still Alive – “Almost There”

Chicago ska-core act Still Alive have premiered a music video for their song “Almost There”. You can watch the video below.

“Almost There” is taken from Still Alive’s latest album Choices, which was released last August through Jump Start Records.



Broadcaster stream new EP ‘Spin’

Long Island-based rockers Broadcaster have released a stream of their new EP, Spin. You can check it out here.

Broadcaster will release Spin on October 16, 2015 through Jump Start Records. You can pre-order the album here.



Broadcaster stream new track “All The Wrong Reasons” from upcoming EP “Spin”

Long Island-based rockers Broadcaster have a new EP called Spin coming out on October 16th through Jump Start Records.  If you’d like to get a feel for the sound, you can preview the track “All The Wrong Reasons” here.  The album is available for preorder on Jump Start Records’ bandcamp page.

Broadcaster last released A Million Hours in October 2013 via Jump Start Records,