Good Grief plays ‘90s indie punk jangled through their original song “You’ve Got Codes” (Nintendo codes? Romantic codes?) and a spirited cover of J Church’s “The Track.” I like it. Meanwhile, BUZZorHOWL, also of Liverpool, set well-paced vocal melodies alongside lightly distorted guitar clang and drum fills aplenty for a few more degrees of attitude. There is a similarity between both groups in that they favor melody over brute power and speed, with BUZZorHOWL bringing the hard push to balance out Good Grief’s lighter shrug. A bit of Samiam in here, too—these are good songs dusted in heart and melody.
–Jim Joyce (Boss Tuneage / Drunken Sailor)