GOOD SHADE: Self-titled: LP

Nov 02, 2015

If I were to listen to the first thirty seconds of each track here, my review might read something like: “Poppy power punk. Impressive vocabulary. B-.” But when I dig deeper I come across layers, caves, and forks in the road that definitely catch me off guard. The harmonies and layers on “Monument Utopia” remind me of a progressive rock opera and it works. In other places, the surprises are more hit and miss. The song “Dang” just does not sit right with me. I am more distracted by the playing than pleasantly surprised by it. Whatever I feel about it, Good Shade is willing to take some risks and that should be celebrated. 

 –John Mule (Gut Genug,