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Album Review: Good Riddance – “Peace In Our Time”

“Peace In Our Time”, the highly anticipated new album from Santa Cruz’s punk icons Good Riddance, sounds ready to attack from the moment you spin it up.  The album’s opening track “Disputatio” is a war cry, with battle drums and lowdown river dragging bass guitar that will rattle your speakers and steel you for the onslaught ahead. You know 25 seconds in, and again at 37 seconds, that Good Riddance is interested in only one thing: picking up right where they left off.

With “Contrition”, one of their catchiest songs in years, and subsequently “Take It To Heart” one of their heaviest, three cuts in you start to think you might be listening to the best album of the year. Then “No Greater Fight” and the unbelievably toe tapping “Shiloh” blaze by kicking up a cloud of punk rock dust, and by the time “Dry Season” and “Year Zero”’s full fisted gut punchers send you to the Thesaurus in a way you thought only Bad Religion songs could, you fucking know you’re listening to the best album of the year.

Thematically, “Peace In Our Time” features some of the same timeless and, unfortunately, very relevant challenges to the listener to take a stand for peace in a peace-less time. To stand up for what is right, for equality and the right to live free. And that goes for human beings and animals alike, by the way. There are also more internal rumination’s, such as on “Washed Away” and the poppy “Grace and Virtue.” There are more mature thoughts and feelings explored and much of the anger toward the failed state is more analytical and less flash bang rally cry than before. But fuck, these guys are growing, their kids are growing, their world is growing, it would just ring false if they were still writing as if this was the year “Ballads From the Revolution” came out.

Typical of Good Riddance “Peace In Our Time” is also a brief little record. 14 songs that come and go in about the time it would take you to watch a “Modern Family” episode on your DVR. Most songs clock in around the two minute mark and not a single one is able to prolong its life long enough to grab three. But I don’t mind. Not only is this a tried and true operating procedure for this band, but the brevity actually helps sell the point they’re trying to make. Get in, hit ‘em with everything you’ve got, get the fuck out again.

Musically, this record sounds great. It was recorded at the new superstar studio of punk excellence The Blasting Room, in Ft. Collins, Colorado, by those magicians of paper sharp production, Bill Stevenson and Jason Livermore. “Peace In Our Time” is a lug nut of tightness, highlighting the instrumental prowess of Luke Pabich, Chuck Platt and Sean Sellers and the gritty sheen of Russ Rankin’s vocals, both individually and as a whole. Does it sound live off the floor? No, it doesn’t. It sounds like a band in a studio perfecting their sound. Which is also fine. If I want to hear the live versions of these songs, I’ll keep an ear to the grindstone as far as their tour dates are concerned.

I hate comparing records to other records. I’m a strong advocate for judging a record on its own laurels, not the laurels of the records that came before it. With that said, I like all of Good Riddance’s albums. They’ve never released something that I thought was less than stellar. That also doesn’t mean I can’t have fav’s. Like most people, I think “A Comprehensive Guide To Moderne Rebellion” is Good Riddance’s best effort. Would I piss myself if the band (or label) handed the master tapes over to Bill Stevenson and Jason Livermore and had them beef the sound up a bit. Have “Moderne’’ be ‘’Moderne’’ but sound like ‘‘My Repulblic’’? Yes, I would piss right into my pants. But I’m not comparing this to that or to anything else. And as a record of its own accord, “Peace In Our Time” is great.

So forget the naysayers, forget the ‘aging punks’ comments, forget the last show or the hiatus or the reunion. This is Good Riddance, the same Good Riddance we know and love, the same Good Riddance we wanted this to be. And this is a Good Riddance record. And it fucking rules. You can go ahead with the microphone drop now Russ, you’ve earned it.

5/5 Stars

Good Riddance stream “Peace In Our Time,” first new album in 9 years

Santa Cruz punk veterans Good Riddance are currently streaming their upcoming album “Peace In Our Time,” which is set for April 21st release through Fat Wreck Chords.

You can click here to stream it in the US through Pandora or here to stream it in Europe through or here to stream it in Canada through!

Good Riddance release music video for new song “Disputatio” off upcoming album “Peace In Our Time”

Yes!  Santa Cruz punk veterans Good Riddance have premiered another new song off their upcoming album Peace In Our Time.  The tune is called “Disputatio” and you can check out a music video for it below.

Peace In Our Time is set to be released on April 21st through Fat Wreck Chords. Good Riddance will supporting the album with a string of record release shows across California.

Good Riddance release music video for first new song in 9 years “Dry Season”

Santa Cruz punk veterans Good Riddance have released a music video for their first new song in 9 long years! “Dry Season” will be appearing on the band’s long-awaited new album Peace In Our Time, and you check its video out below.

Peace In Our Time is set to be released on April 21st through Fat Wreck Chords. Good Riddance will supporting the album with a string of record release shows across California.

Authority Zero announce 20th anniversary show with Good Riddance; will be recording live album

Authority Zero have announced they will be celebrating their 20th anniversary by playing a hometown show with Good Riddance, at which they will be recording a new live album. The show will take place on May 16th at Club Red in Mesa, Arizona – head over here for more info and tickets.

The band’s latest full-length album The Tipping Point was released in April of 2013 through Hardline Entertainment. We’ll keep you posted as more details on their 20th anniversary live album come to light.

Good Riddance announce “Peace In Our Time” record release shows

Santa Cruz punk veterans Good Riddance have announced they will be supporting the release of their long-awaited new album Peace In Our Time by playing a handful of record release shows in California this April/June. Dates and locations can be found below.

Peace In Our Time is set to be released on April 21st through Fat Wreck Chords. It will be the band’s first full-length album in nine long years, serving as a follow-up to 2006’s My Republic.

Good Riddance announce new album “Peace In Our Time”

Well, friends, the wait is finally over. Santa Cruz punk veterans Good Riddance have finally announced  their new album, which we now know is titled Peace In Our Time, will be released on April 21st through Fat Wreck Chords.

The album’s cover art can be seen above, and its tracklist can be found below. And here’s a snippet about the record from Fat’s super official press release:

This new album is essentially the very best of GR distilled down to one LP, and it will no doubt get the attention from a lot of old fans, HC devotees, and punk enthusiasts alike. They’re already booked to play Europe’s Groezrock, one of the biggest punk festivals in the world. There will also be an obvious hometown record release show in Santa Cruz, where they have been selling out countless shows over the years. Good Riddance will be ramping up some activity, and with hardcore music seeming neutered and confused in 2015, Peace In Our Time will mark a triumphant return for a band that the underground scene needs more than ever.

Peace In Our Time will be Good Riddance’s first full-length album in nine long years, serving as a follow-up to 2006’s My Republic. It will also be the band’s first release since reuniting in 2012. As always, we’ll keep you posted as more stories relating to the record come to light.

Groezrock 2015 adds more bands including Good Riddance, Masked Intruder, OFF!, and more

It looks like Groezrock 2015 is shaping up to be one hell of a festival! More bands have been announced for the 2-day event, which will be held May 1st and 2nd in Meerhout, Belgium. The newest additions include Good Riddance, Masked Intruder, OFF!, The Hotelier, and Counterpunch. Check out the full list below.

According to the most recent poster, there are still 30 bands to be announced. We will keep you posted!

Good Riddance officially enter studio to begin recording first new full-length in 9 years

Well its officially official!  Good Riddance has actually begun recording their first new album in 9 years.  Like all their past releases it will be coming out on Fat Wreck Chords who just posted the following announcement:

“November 6, 2014 – For the first time in nine years… Good Riddance has entered the studio! These Santa Cruz, California punk rock/hardcore heroes have once again teamed up with Bill Stevenson and Jason Livermore (Descendents, The Blasting Room)—the production team for over half of Good Riddance’s illustrious catalog — to record their first album of new material since reuniting in 2012. The past two years have been spent on the live circuit, proving to the fans and to themselves that they are still a musical force to be reckoned with, a group whose catalog of great songs is undeniable. With the fans’ seal of approval and a well of creativity brimming over, the eighth Good Riddance album that once seemed impossible became a creative necessity for a band that has never rested on its laurels and never coasted on its past success. When they found themselves mentally and creatively exhausted in 2007, they opted to call it a day instead of giving the fans anything less than 100% in their writing and performing. Re-energized by a five-year hiatus and two years of carefully but steadily ramping up activity, Russ Rankin, Luke Pabich, Chuck Platt and Sean Sellers—the “classic” Good Riddance lineup—prepared themselves for today, the first day at Motor Studios in San Francisco, to record a grip of new songs that all of us cannot fucking wait to hear.”

The new album will be the first since 2006’s “My Republic” and we’ll keep you posted as things progress.

Good Riddance to begin recording new album this November

During a recent interview, Russ Rankin stated that Good Riddance plans to head into the studio to begin recording their long-awaited new album this November. Here’s what Mr. Rankin had to say:

“I am really happy with what we are coming up with and it’s been a lot of fun. I don’t know how I wrote songs before GarageBand on my Mac computer. Being able to sit down with my laptop, plug in my guitar and demo a whole song is incredible. It is awesome. We have about 2 months or so before we go in, we have most of the music down and I have to start getting lyrics and melodies together. It’s going to be fun.”

We’ll keep you posted as more details on the new Good Riddance record come to light. The band’s latest album My Republic was released in 2006 through Fat Wreck Chords.

Show Review: Good Riddance, Direct Hit!, The Bombpops, and Stop Breathing in Long Beach, CA (9/6/14)

I have a deep appreciation for small, local venues that put on consistent, quality shows. Alex’s Bar in Long Beach, California is one such venue. Recently, I was able to check out Good Riddance, Direct Hit!, The Bombpops, and Stop Breathing on a Saturday night at this LB gem. I am sure the rest of the sold out crowd would agree with me in saying that this was an amazing opportunity to see a lineup of great bands in an intimate setting. Personally, I had seen Good Riddance at this year’s Punk Rock Bowling and Music Festival, but had unfortunately missed the chance to see them the last time they played a small venue in LA. It was worth the wait.

I arrived early since I knew I wanted to stake out a position to take photos. The show started with Stop Breathing as the crowd started filing in. Stop Breathing is a punk/hardcore band out of Oxnard, California who set the tone for the night with their high energy and powerful melodies. This theme would run throughout the evening.

Next up were The Bombpops, one of my favorite up and coming bands. Even with some technical difficulties early on, they tore through their set with catchy melodies and lyrics. I love seeing talented, powerful female musicians in the punk community, and the ladies of The Bombpops bring an energy to stage that is hard to match. If you’re looking for some new pop-punk with edge, check out The Bombpops!

Direct Hit! followed the Bombpops and also faced some technical difficulties. Even though this caused the band to nix one of their guitars, it did not slow them down. I know many of our other editors listed Direct Hit! on their “Top Albums of 2013,” but I hadn’t really gotten into them before this night. I can say one thing – they are definitely an act you need to see live. Their show was so energetic, you may have thought they were closing out the night. They commanded the small stage as if they were playing to a large stadium or festival. The crowd was nearly at capacity at this point and the energy was palpable.

It was finally time for the main event. Good Riddance came out no holds barred and rocked the stage for over an hour. The crowd went crazy – dancing, moshing, and singing along (you can actually check out a video of the full set right here). The band tore through crowd favorites like “Salt,” “United Cigar,” “Weight of the World,” and “Texas,” among others. Bands like Good Riddance bring such a force to the stage and you can feel the passion of both the band and the fans in the air. From my observations, there were probably many people in the LA/Long Beach area who lost their voice that night from screaming so loudly.

As I said before, it was worth the wait to see Good Riddance live in a small venue. With the promise of new music on the horizon, I hope this opportunity will come my way again soon! Check out our full gallery from the show below!

Full Set Video: Good Riddance at Alex’s Bar, Long Beach, CA (9/6/14)

California melodic hardcore group Good Riddance played a couple shows in their home state last week. In case you weren’t lucky enough to make it out, the dudes at Felony Records captured the full Good Riddance set from Saturday (9/6/14) on video. You can check it out below.

As you’re no doubt aware, Good Riddance have been working on new material. Whatever comes of it will be the band’s first full-length since My Republic, which was released in 2006 through Fat Wreck Chords.

Good Riddance announce California shows

California melodic hardcore group Good Riddance have just announced two new shows in California. You can check out the dates and locations of those shows below.

Both of the shows will be supported by Wisconsin pop punk band Direct Hit!

This announcement closely follows the recent new of the band reuniting for a new album after their apparent 2007 breakup. The band’s latest full-length My Republic was released in 2006 through Fat Wreck Chords.

Good Riddance is working on new music and it sounds awesome

Holy shit, it’s actually happening! Good Riddance is working on a new record. Don’t believe me? Head over to the band’s Facebook to see a short video of the guys rocking some brand new jams.

We don’t have any other info on the new Good Riddance album but we’ll keep you posted as more details come to light. The band’s latest full-length My Republic was released in 2006 through Fat Wreck Chords.

Russ Rankin (Good Riddance) discusses covering Tony Sly’s “Via Munich”

The Tony Sly tribute website ( has been compiling little stories about Tony, written by contributors to the “The Songs of Tony Sly: A Tribute” album.

The Flatliners, Strung Out, Yellowcard, Pennywise, and more have all contributed short stories about Tony’s influence in their life, and what the covers meant to them.

The newest installation comes from Good Riddance frontman Russ Rankin, who covered Sly’s “Via Munich” for the tribute album. Here’s what he had to say,

When my band was just getting our feet wet as part of the FAT Wreck Chords family, Tony took us under his wing and had us play several shows around California with his band. Later that year, when our first album was released, Tony invited us to tour Europe supporting his band. We had never been overseas and we were really stoked to get the chance. Our first album was a collection of songs cobbled together by various riffs brought in by various members over a period of 3-4 years, with me writing lyrics and melodies over them. As we were writing our first album, I began picking up my guitar (which I could barely play) and tried to write more complete songs. I didn’t consider this “songwriting” per se, it was more for expediency’s sake. While in Europe, Tony and I had several conversations about music and songwriting. He gave me tons of insight and advice, although I don’t know if he realized at the time how helpful he was. He asked me about our songs, which he knew surprisingly well, and who had written them. It turned out that he particularly liked some of the songs I had written start to finish, as opposed to the collection of separate riffs strapped together. He told me something I will never forget: he told me that I was the songwriter of the band, and that I needed to take the reins and assume that responsibility. He told me to start thinking of the process in terms of writing complete songs, rather then just bringing a riff or two to practice. It was completely new information for me, but it helped shape the way I have approached songwriting ever since. He believed in me as a songwriter, and he believed in our band at a time when we were still unsure if we’d be able to make a real go of it. 

I will always remember his calm demeanor and his understated humor. He always had a way of making the endless monotony of tour seem fun and adventurous. He found the wonder in everyday things and helped everyone around him enjoy them that much more.

The Songs of Tony Sly: A Tribute, featuring covers of songs by No Use for a Name and Mr. Sly from NOFX, Bad Religion, Strung Out, Rise Against, Pennywise, The Gaslight Anthem and many others, was released on October 29th through Fat Wreck Chords.