The Test Drive: The Goood Things – EP 3
- Been Bad The Goood Things 1:00
- Too Much...Too Little... The Goood Things 1:00
- Oh Brother The Goood Things 1:00
- The Looong Way The Goood Things 1:00
Tokyo’s own The Goood Things have looong (see what I did there?) been a favorite of Jammerzine. Just check out our reviews for their first two outing “EP #2”, which made out “Top 25 Best Indie Albums of 2015”. And now they’re back with, you guessed it, “EP #3”! Think of this as the third installment of an awesome trilogy, or maybe even of a holy trinity. A holy trinity of feel-good fun rock meant to keep the party late and people jumping.
Each song speaks it’s own mantra to different people, and let these previews speak for themselves. What I love about The Goood Things is that, even on my shittiest of days, I can play any of their songs at random and get the feeling the world is a better place than what I was thinking before I gave them another spin.
My personal favorite, and it’s a favorite by a very thin margin in contrast to the rest of the album, is “Been Bad”. The song is one constant hook. You will, no doubt, have your own favorite because that is how good this album is. Let’s just hope there’s a day when, instead of “EP #4”, we get LP #1!
“EP #3” is out now with the buy links below!
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ABOUT THE GOOOD THINGS:
The Goood Things is a 5 piece based in Tokyo playing throwback summer time rock’n’roll (all year round) and features Tosh (guitar), Mike (voc), Kayo (bass), Yamada (drums) and Joe (keys). Three members are Japanese but the dominant language spoken in the band is drunk English.
But lets rewind the clock a bit. Long before The Goood Things formed in 2013 there was a Tokyo-based 3-piece band called Sunset Drive. Tosh was the guitarist and they took their energetic indie rock on tours of Europe and Japan, releasing 2 EPs and basically setting the benchmark way high for English-singing bands in Tokyo. When their lead singer Al went back to New Zealand, Tosh got rock’n’roll withdrawals and called Mike.
When Mike got the call he was singing (and still is) in The Mootekkis a garage rock 5 piece that has also released 2 CDs and toured New York back in 2012. Mike’s answer was a no-brainer and Kayo – who used to play bass in a chicks band called Rubiks cube with Mike’s girlfriend, Ayumi – joined soon after. Yamada was in a metal band with Tosh and is one of 3 lead vocalists in an RNB number called Bozu style, who celebrate being bald through song. Joe was the frontman for his band, Lela Marien, back in sunny UK.
In May 2016, they released their third self-titled EP (red cover) at Zher the Zoo in Yoyogi with Kyoto Protocol (Malaysia), Jungles and Jimmy Binks and the Shakehorns entertaining the Corona toting audience. At the previous release party, Jamesons had provided the free shots but this time round, the band had a table full of by-donation Jager shots, all proceeds going to local charity Love for Nippon – helping Kumamoto recover after the earthquake. With a monthly residency at Shibuya’s iconic Ruby Room and their tune “She Called me Baby” being used by airline ANA to promote tourism in Okinawa, things are rolling along pretty nicely for the band and talk of their debut album has already begun.