Good Graces play melodic post hardcore with hints of pop punk and indie rock influence. Their self-titled debut EP is five songs of passionate music filled with strong melodies and throaty/gravely/gruff vocals. If that description brings to mind the likes of Hot Water Music, Red City Radio, or Pegboy then you have a pretty good idea of what is going on with Good Graces.
The EP opens with the mid-tempo “Bad Day at the Rat Races,” a song that starts with a slow intro before kicking the tempo and urgency up a notch. Next is “Cruisin’ for a Brusin’” which hits you right off the bat with a speedy hook before it turn to the chorus which has great potential to create a big sing-a-long anthem feel when played live (at least that is what I envisioned). “OH! We Doin’ It” is driven by another great hook while “Holy Smokes! You Need Booze!” heads beck to the mid-tempo territory with a measured melody. The EP closes out with “Get Confident, Stupid” anther anthem of a song.
Good Graces shows a whole lot of promise and potential on this EP. I can’t wait to see what they do next.
Thanks to Dying Scene for the find.