Goalkeeper has a special place in my personal library. These are awesome dudes that not only have I had the opportunity to share the stage with, but also draw spot-on comparisons to one of my all-time favorite bands (Blink-182) and are good friends of the Spinning Thoughts community. Their last EP, Bad Times Don’t Last, was one of my favorites of 2018 and their upcoming EP is one of the highlights of 2020 so far. I had the opportunity to check out Life In Slow Motion ahead of its September 25, 2020 release date and I am stoked to share my thoughts with you!
“Just Say It” is exactly the way you want to open a record. I love the stripped back introduction with the first half of the chorus. It’s a pretty intense explosion into the next stanza of the chorus. This is a heavier punk that I can really get down with. The vocals are on-point and the bass drives the verses. The breakdown is one of the best I’ve heard in some time The walking bass line and the moment when the band drops out and lets the vocals stand alone are highlights of the track. This is a huge way to open this effort and made a big first impression, but also gets stuck in my head with each listen.
“Graveyard” is a really unique track. The intro has a really melodic finger-picked guitar riff and some solid drum work that almost diverted my attention. The chorus has vocals in half-time over a heavy instrumentation that really stands out. The song has a lot of emotion in it and connected with me on a personal level, which is what music is really all about. The heavy end to the breakdown that goes right into the last chorus pops and sets it apart. “Black and Blue” will have a place on my playlist for awhile for one simple reason- the low tone bass takes over and drives this song, which from the onset is classic punk, driving riffs. This song is a throwback and took me to the glory days of Blink/NFG with the melodic, upbeat and uptempo grind.
“Happy” gives me a Motion City Soundtrack vibe (which is a massive compliment in my book). The stop-beats in the verse had me moving and the overall feel in the chorus just made me want to dance. This is the most engaging and catchy song on the record and easily fits into a throwback playlist. The group chants at the end is going to have an awesome live appeal that’s sure to be a big hit.
For all the positives thus far, the final track on the album is easily my favorite. “This Is Fine” has a massive chorus that compliments some amazing drum fills, an awesome bridge and anthemic chants in the outro. This track is singalong worthy- windows down, volume up and sing like no one can hear you kind of vibe.
Life In Slow Motion is five tracks and clocks in at just under 15 minutes. It is worth every second. But don’t leave yourself 15 minutes to check it out because you are going to want to listen to this one at least twice!