Good Friend. 13.1.18. Little Buildings.


Folk-punk-rock was perhaps never done as well as 1985s ‘Rum Sodomy and the Lash’ album by Irish rebels The Pouges. Taking punk into, then, new territories, Mr MacGowan and his band of merry men blended intellect with poetry, added a punch of seldom heard instruments and left to cook in a vat of the intense energy only punk could provide.  he Brave, intense and vulnerable The Pouges proved that punks narrative need not always be about ripping things up and starting anew, they can be about personal battles, anger and insecurities. 
On account of their nationalities, comparisons between Good Friend and The Pouges would be cheap if they weren’t fully explained; besides the real similarities between the bands lie in much more interesting places.  They lie in the ability for both bands to play like demons, both bands to be steadfast with their beliefs and both bands to possess wonderful, punk inspired, tunes containing the type of wit and poetry about self-destruction, self-preservation and sticking it to the man that is truly emotive.
Tonight, with Good Friend decked out in girls outfits, both bands can also be said to enjoy provoking a reaction in their crowd.
Live Good Friend attack their show purposefully and intensely.  There’s is a 3 peice band with no folk instruments rather than a 6 piece one, though what they make up in numbers they gain back in passion.
Humorous between track chat – too x rated to mention here – provides the crowd with a suitable break from pounding, melodic, hard rock/ insightful punk, whilst both the chat, and the tunes, link to The Pouges core message that no one, regardless of background or age or any other form of diversity, is better than anyone else.
With songs, and sentiments wise beyond their years let’s hope Good Friend don’t follow all of the examples set by The Pouges too closely; just the good ones.

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