Thursday, April 11, 2013

GOOD FOR YOU LP

 
GOOD FOR YOU - LIFE IS TOO SHORT TO NOT HOLD A GRUDGE LP (SST)
How would a new Black Flag record sound like in 2013? This LP probably gives you an answer to this questions. Good For You features Greg Ginn on guitar and in contrast to his former releases with The Texas Corrugators this full lenght is heavily influenced by classic punk and hardcore. "Life is too short to to hold a grudge" takes up were Black Flag's latest records left off and pushes this sound forward with the help of many more variations. Greg Ginn's guitar work ranges from typical Black Flag riffs to a more complex sound, rooted in progressive, psychedelic and classic rock as well as free-jazz. So there's a strong experimental element, but at the same time they keep it straight and it's definitely more on the punk side. Especially the vocals by skate icon Mike Vallely are responsible for an aggressive and ugly sound. He's definitely trying to immitate Henry Rollins vocal style and he's doing great job. "Stupid me" is one of the straightest songs It's probably the best track and it sounds like it could have been on the a-side of Black Flag's "My War" LP. This record is yet another oustanding chapter in Greg Ginn's musical work. It sounds fresher and tighter than most other current punk bands and I bet this LP is more interesting than his reunion shows with Black Flag. (Listen to it here)