Lets Pretend Records
Middle Children released their debut album, Earth Angel, on the 3rd March 2017 via Lets Pretend Records, the band is the newest project from Purple 7 and Hot New Mexicans songwriter Patrick Jennings. The album features ten reclusive pop songs that are birthed from deep down in his basement and then sculpted by his band, which includes old friends Ginger Alford and Matt Tobey of Good Luck. Earth Angel is now available on limited edition black vinyl and cassette formats from Lets Pretend Records.
The album opens with the subdued and restrained vibe of Baby Boom, after this melancholic start the album then opens itself up with the more energetic distorted number, Fish, that kicks the album into gear, from here on in it’s an unashamedly lo-fi canter through their idiosyncratic basement sound. But that’s not the end of the story, the album’s stand out track, Shipwrecked, is a bright and bouncy slice of lo-fi garage influenced fuzz that’s followed by the insistent riff of Sister, these two tracks demonstrate that Middle Children are not solely mired in the wistful and disconsolate. Earth Angel is an album that defies categorisation, it has a sound that refuses to be pigeonholed, varying between melancholy downbeat numbers and upbeat fuzz, and pretty much everything in between.
Earth Angel bears the influence of The Libertines, and this album will appeal to fans of that band, and especially to those with a love of Peter Doherty‘s more restrained later solo releases, but whilst there is an obvious comparison, Earth Angel is an album that embraces indie, garage and lo-fi, and even a few discordantly punky touches, in it’s DNA. Whilst this album will not have a direct appeal to the majority of people, outside of those who are devotees of the band members former projects, I can guarantee that there will be something that will appeal to anyone who has a love for the outsiders and underdogs of the indie scene.
You can stream Earth Angel in full via Soundcloud here and order the album from Lets Pretend Records here
Middle Children‘s Facebook page can be found here
Middle Children‘s debut LP Earth Angel is due out on March 3rd via Lets Pretend Records, Middle Children is the newest project from Purple 7 and Hot New Mexicans songwriter Patrick Jennings. It features ten reclusive pop songs birthed from deep down in his basement then sculpted by his band, which includes old friends Ginger Alford and Matt Tobey of Good Luck.
You can stream Earth Angel in full via Soundcloud here and pre-order the album here
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No Idea Records
When I went to The Fest 9 in 2010 I had a conversation about Good Luck with my buddy Ryan who went down there with me. He was pumped to see them but I really couldn’t care less – I had heard a few songs but nothing worth me getting excited over. Nevertheless, I went and watched as the crowd at 8Seconds feverishly ate them up and my friend bought a kickass Good Luck tshirt (seriously, probably the best tshirt design I’ve seen in years). I watched them but they were forgettable and left no impact on me.
A little over a year later and I’m sitting with their long awaited sophomore album, Without Hesitation, and now I think I see what the crowd saw down in Florida way back when.
For as I play Without Hesitation over and over again, I can’t help but smile to myself as a pop my head back and forth to these quirky little ditties. With an unorthodox writing style, Good Luck are a mix of sugary sweet pop-punk and indie-rock. Sharing vocal duties, Ginger Alford and Matt Tobey somehow sound as one voice – serving as a nice replacement for the now defunct The Measure[SA] or a poppier version of The New Dress. It’s Lemuria meets The Fight meets Laura Stevenson & The Cans meets Candy Hearts.
This is bubbly, joyful music with questioning lyrics examining the human condition. When needed they pick up the pace, building Alford’s vocals off of Tobey’s twinkling guitars with heavy drums propelling it forward ala Novel Figure. But then they pull it back with the Lemuria-insprired Decider that floats with a steady bass line, a piano melody and Tobey’s vocals.
As it plays through, songs like Contact, The Story Rewritten, A Song To Comfort The Sick and Significant Day are all delivered with a sense of maturity and strength. Spouting off a distinctly DIY sound and impressive chops, Good Luck balances emotion with intensity, speed with harmony, subtlety with grandness.
I may not have quite “got” them back in 2010 but with Without Hesitation, I may finally be on my way to being one of the many singing along in the front row next time.
AltPress has debuted a full album stream of Blomington indie trio Good Luck‘s upcoming sophomore album, Without Hesitation, that will be released on LP/CD by No Idea Records on November 22, 2011. The band will have limited edition copies of the new album available at their FEST 10 performance on Oct 29th in Gainesville, Fl.
Without Hesitation is the follow up to 2008’s fan favorite, Into Lake Griffy that was later pressed on LP by No Idea Records. Listen to the full record here.
Rocket Fuel Podcast
is currently sharing their latest edition of their podcast with the masses. The new episode is their annual FEST
preview. In the episode they interview FEST founder and organizer Tony Weinbender as well as debut the world premier of Impossible
from Blomington’s GOOD LUCK
You can head here
to listen to the entire podcast.
Impossible will be featured on GOOD LUCK’s sophomore album, Without Hesitation, that will be released on LP/CD by No Idea Records on 11/22/11. The band will have limited edition copies of the new album available at their FEST 10 performance on Oct 29th in Gainesville, Fl.
Without Hesitation is the follow up to 2008’s fan favorite, Into Lake Griffy that was later pressed on LP by No Idea Records.
See the track listing below.
Good Luck – Without Hesitation – LP/CD – No Idea Records
1) All Good People
2) The Others
3) Novel Figure
4) Our Mess, Our Mask
6) A Song to Comfort the Sick
8) The Story, Rewritten
10) It Gets Harder
11) Significant Day