Punk band Good Riddance is stampeding their way back into our hearts

Wednesday 14th, October 2015 / 14:26
By Sarah Mac
Good Riddance is back and better than ever. Photo: Alan Snodgrass

Good Riddance is back and better than ever.
Photo: Alan Snodgrass

CALGARY — Attention Alberta! Good Riddance is returning and this time, they’re not just playing in Edmonton!

Formed in the early ‘90s, Good Riddance has a style all their own. It’s undeniably fast and always serves a purpose: their lyrics reflect the chaos that surrounds us and the importance of taking a stand for what you believe in to the soundtrack of fast, heavy and raw hardcore and upbeat and dance-worthy punk rock. With several fantastic records in their hot, grubby hands, Good Riddance quickly became a staple in the punk rock community until, without notice, they disbanded in 2007.

Eventually they came to their senses and reunited, releasing their eighth full-length album Peace in Our Time earlier this year. It’s a triumphant return, well worth the wait.

Because these last few years have felt like an emotional rollercoaster for the fans, so we turned to Chuck Platt, bassist and our man on the inside, to give us insight into this ride.

“When Good Riddance decided to stop, we were touring a lot at the time. We all had our own separate lives going and touring just became harder and harder. So we decided to stop, not necessarily while we were on top, but while everything was still good. We didn’t know where the band was going to go anymore. It was just repetitive, and we weren’t growing as a band. We felt like it was best to pull the plug, before we became just a bunch of old dudes on stage that no one wants to come see anymore,” Platt explains.

“We got several offers to reunite and play shows, about three or four years later. Crazy numbers were thrown out, but it wasn’t about the money, it was never about that. And then, one night, at a NOFX show, Fat Mike asked us, ‘Why don’t you guys play anymore, don’t you miss it?’ And we realized, we did.”

We the fans couldn’t be happier with Good Riddance’s reunion, but it’s curious that it took three years for Peace in Our Time to be released. After all, the band reunited back in 2012.

“It took a while to write, and for everyone to contribute—just to weave through it, and get the right feel. But that’s the thing, we never really talk about any of that. Really, the only thing we ever really talk about is, that it’s got to be fast. We just kept asking ourselves, ‘Are we playing it too slow?’ So we worked a lot on tempo. Almost every song we ended up playing it on the faster side, just to give it that edge. And we really think it made a big difference to a lot of the songs. People like the fast Good Riddance songs, and we like those too,” explains Platt. Indeed, the album is energetic, but maintains their characteristically melodic edge.

“But as for the time between when we reunited until the time it took to decide to write a new album, we kind of just tip-toed around that for a while. Things were going so well, we just didn’t want to jinx it,” he says, laughing.

Regardless of how long it took, the fans are just happy that Good Riddance is back on the road and toting new material with them.

“We’re stoked to be back. It’s a different vibe in the band, we’re a little more relaxed, we get together, we smile, and we have fun. We’re super excited to play new songs; it’s exciting and refreshing. And we play the old songs with the possibly more passion than we did before. Also, we’re stoked to do a proper Western Canadian tour: back in the day, those were one of our favourite tours to do!”

Don’t miss Good Riddance when the play Calgary at the Marquee on October 20th and in Edmonton at the Starlite Room on October 21st.

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