GOOD GRIEF / BUZZorHOWL: Split: 7”

Two relatively new bands from Liverpool, both of which have some pedigree in terms of personnel—Good Grief includes former members of The 255s and Flamingo 50, whilst members of BUZZorHOWL have Drive and Jailcell Recipes on their CVs. Good Grief offer up a pair of catchy tunes including a J Church cover and a strong self-penned effort that clearly has some Samiam love going on. However, BUZZorHOWL are the stand out act with a Superchunk / Dinosaur Jr kind of sound that doesn’t come across as some nostalgic venture—”Fuel” is a belter of a song and “Pills & Work” isn’t too far behind either, ensuring they win a close run battle on this release.

 –Rich Cocksedge (Drunken Sailor, [email protected], drunkensailorrecords.co.uk / Boss Tuneage, bosstuneage.com)