Wednesday, January 20, 2016

It's The Goodbye Johnnys!

There are few things in life that I love more than '77 style punk rock. So when I hear '77 punk done well, I'm always a happy camper! On that note, I offer my ringing endorsement of the latest album from The Goodbye Johnnys out of Zürich, Switzerland. It's called Disaster Control, and it was originally released on vinyl in 2015. Just last week, the band made it available as a free download via Bandcamp. It's the kind of record I can never get enough of: slamming three-chord punk rock built on a love for The Ramones, Clash, Johnny Thunders, and (especially) The Saints. I dig the songs, I dig the energy, I dig the sound. And no track is longer than two minutes and 46 seconds! While it's easy to pick out the influences, The Goodbye Johnnys are not doing a straight copy of any of those bands. How refreshing it is to hear a band that knows the difference between a Ramones influence and a Ramones imitation! These fellas do what more bands ought to do: revisit a classic musical style yet still make it sound vital and exciting in the year 2016. If, like me, you're wild about first wave punk, check out Disaster Control. You can't deny that the price is right!


1 comment:

Crawford said...

Thanks a lot for the kind review!