Given that the Thrash Hits-sponsored Tangled Tour kicks off just one month from today, we figured it was about time we threw a spotlight on some of the acts taking part in this kickass tour. First up: Goodtime Boys…
Thrash Hits Verdict:
When we first saw Goodtime Boys play live, we said their “spiky take on hardcore was sufficiently difficult to pigenohole that it will irritate the shit out of people that like their rock music easy to categorise”. Also, the band’s frontman, Alex Pennie, was wearing a pair of orange jeans. We stand by our assessment of Goodtime Boys music still, but we have no idea what happened to those orange jeans. We probably should’ve asked Alex when we caught up with last week….
Describe your sound in 3 words.
Sums of Parts
How did you meet?
We all met in Cardiff through friends of friends. The band was a 4-piece looking for a vocalist before a first show, so I went to a few practices, made up some words, and it developed from there.
What made you want to start a band like Goodtime Boys?
The band was kind of started as a joke. the name came first as a silly idea for a hardcore band name at a house party, i think. This was before i knew anyone in the band. I thought it kind of sounded like a goofy version of “swing kids”….then the band got more serious, probably making the name sound even sillier. Eventually we stumbled into the idea of doing a “hardcore” band that didn’t really rely on a typical hardcore sound, aesthetic or ideas and we find that freedom pretty enjoyable.
Where did you grow up? How do you think it’s affected your music?
We all grew up in different places. Tal [Leboutillier] and Sam [Phipps] grew up in Cornwall, Kai [Woolen-Lewis] in Bridgend. Matt [Fidler] in Swindon and I grew up in Cardiff. I don’t really know how geography really affected our music taste but we all ended up in similar places eventually. Our parents record collections probably affected us more. I know mine did.
What are your non-musical influences?
I guess our music is influenced by other music so that only really leaves lyrics and themes. Song ideas come from everywhere, mostly personal experience, dreams or general musings. Write what you know.
So far, what has been the best thing about being in a band?
Travelling around mainland Europe with Dangers was amazing. As was playing at Fluff Fest this year. Meeting lots of new and like minded people has been pretty awesome too.
How did Goodtime Boys come to be involved with Tangled Talk Records? What’s your story there?
Well, I can’t exactly remember all the details of it because i don’t really think there is too much to tell. We recorded our record with Lewis Johns using a band fund we’d saved up from shirts and show money. Emailed a bunch of people. Andrej [Presern, Tangled Tal records boss] seemed really into the record and wanted to put it out. So he did. He’s been really awesome to us. We sold out of records on tour with Dangers and he sorted shipping more out to us and has just been really supportive.
What’s wrong with UK hardcore in 2011? And what’s right about it?
Lots of kids like fashion more than music, but i guess they won’t care for as long so there’s no real point in complaining. On the flip side, if fashion or trends get you into some that changes your perspective or helps you define yourself in some way then it can’t be a totally bad thing.
There are lots of great bands in the UK doing great things, and most of them are lovely people so there is definitely a lot of right going on, you just have to look for it.
What marks you out as different to other bands around at the moment?
Well i wouldn’t say we are all that different to lots of other bands, especially our friends and peers. i like to think that sometimes we approach writing and playing differently to some bands. We are pretty critical writers and performing to the best of your enthusiasm and ability is maybe something not all bands can relate to that.
Watch Goodtime Boys talking about their EP:
What’s the best show you’ve played?
We’ve played some pretty fun and crazy shows in Cornwall thanks to Frank Pellow and Jak Stringer. Kids jumping off radiators in pub basements, etc. We played a ridiculously hot and slippery show in a basement in Paris with Dangers, and another show with those guys in a disused Soviet clothing factory in Romania, both amazing shows. Oh yeah, and we played a house party in Porthcawl once that apparently turned into an orgy after we left. Porthcawl is weird.
What have you got planned for the future beyond the Tangled Tour?
We want to put out another EP with Tangled Talk. I’m not trying to be mysterious or anything, but i think we’ll just wait till it’s ready and tangible before talking about it. Hyping up a record is pointless especially when it isn’t finished. Once its done people will hear it and hopefully some people will like it and relate to it.
Tell us a joke.
I had a job last week crushing cans.
I had to quit cause it was soda pressing.
Goodtime Boys are just one of the bands taking part in The Tangled Tour – so called because it features the cream of the Tangled Talk Records roster. It’s going to lay waste to seven towns and cities across the UK in October, and as far as line-ups featuring young British talent go, this tour is pretty much bang-on as far as getting our juices flowing goes:
Over the next few weeks we’re going to be running features on all the bands taking part in this almighty trek, so keep your eyes peeled and your RSS readers firmly pointed at Thrash Hits.