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GOODBYE BLUE MONDAY – ‘The Sickness, The Shame’ EP Review

GOODBYE BLUE MONDAY – The Sickness, The Shame

goodbye-blue-mondayGoodbye Blue Monday are a new gritty melodic punk rock band from Central Scotland. Formed in late 2015, the band play raw, passionate, anthemic and uplifting modern melodic punk rock.

In February 2017, Goodbye Blue Monday released their debut “The Sickness, The Shame” EP through Make That A Take Records. “The Sickness, The Shame” contains three furious punk rock bangers addressing issues of mental health, bipolar disorder and self-harm.

Opening with the superb Fungus where a radio voice on speed gives way to a fast and hook infused bouncy punk rock masterpiece. There is a point in the song where the band just steps back for a few seconds with drums and “recorded in the hallway” vocals before they launch back full pelt and take it up a notch and it just hits you squarely on the jaw!

Take Your Pills stays with the mental health focus with another barnstormer of a chorus laid over some intricate versus. The song reminded me a little of Stiff Little Fingers around their Nobody’s Heroes phase and that’s a compliment.

The three song EP concludes with the title track, The Sickness, The Shame and it left me begging for more from Goodbye Blue Monday. With a melodic guitar lick and slightly slower pace, the grungy bass and tight drumming provide a solid platform for the anthem like vocals (the vocals are excellent throughout the EP).

Entirely self-recorded by the band and mixed/mastered by John Harcus at Harcus Audio, “The Sickness, The Shame” is a brutally honest collection, a testament to the healing powers of punk rock.

Goodbye Blue Monday have come up with one of the best releases of the year so far and you can get it here: https://goodbye-blue-monday-1.bandcamp.com/

 

 

 

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