As many of you are aware, Good Riddance just released their first album in 9 years, titled Peace In Our Time. Over the next couple of months, the band has a string of record release shows on the West Coast and I was fortunate enough to catch the Los Angeles date at the Troubadour.
Seeing Good Riddance at their record release show already makes for an exciting evening, but add amazing opening acts to the bill and you have an unforgettable night. For this first set of record release shows, A Wilhelm Scream and Bad Cop/Bad Cop opened the show, along with Spanish Love Songs on the LA date.
I arrived right as Spanish Love Songs finished up their set, but I liked what I heard. The excitement was palpable as the sold out crowd started to fill up the venue. Up next was one of my new favorite bands, Bad Cop/Bad Cop. They ripped through their set, showcasing some of the new songs off their upcoming debut full length, Not Sorry (out June 16th on Fat Wreck – mark your calendars!). If these songs are any indication, I can already guarantee you that Not Sorry will be on my “best of 2015” list at the end of the year.
Next up was A Wilhelm Scream. I felt like this was a “full circle” moment – I first saw them play my college over 10 years ago, and now I was seeing them on stage at the Troubadour. This band knows how to put on a live show. They brought tons of energy to the stage and the crowd went wild. I was lucky enough to snap a few photos before ducking out of the front of the crowd as people pumped their fists in the air and cheered.
Finally, it was time for the main event. Good Riddance took the stage to power through a 20+ song set, including crowd favorites (such as “United Cigar,” “Weight Of The World,” and “Fertile Fields”) and new tracks off of Peace In Our Time. This new album, out on Fat Wreck, is also a contender for my “best of 2015” list. Even though it’s been 9 years since the last album, some things never change – the band is still as political, powerful, and engaging as always. The sold out crowd was grinning from ear to ear as they sang along with every word. Good Riddance is an amazing band to see live; each song is played with such precision and passion and they inject an energy into the audience. If you have a chance to catch one of their upcoming shows, make sure to get your tickets early and get there to check out the opening acts. As far as the music, here’s to hoping we don’t have to wait until 9 years for the next GR album!
Check out the full gallery from the show below.