Rain

by Goodtime Boys

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Goodtime Boys have spent five years and multiple EPs, splits, and singles molding their melodic emotional hardcore sound into something that stands apart from their peers and predecessors, laying it all out on their first proper studio full-length, 'Rain'. Though 'Rain' is driven with an almost consistently aggressive thrust and unpredictably spastic inclinations, the band's introspective exploration of loss, longing, and existential crises result in flashes of heartrending crescendos and gracefully woven atmosphere. While the album's title seems to reference the doggedly overcast ether the band's UK homeland usually brings to mind, its floral cover reminds us that the grayscale spectrum of cathartic sorrow can also result in colorful growth and beauty.

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released 20 May 2014

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Track Name: Washout
I ride this full train alone back to a box, four walls and silent phone, pining for pine and dreading the drone of flat lines in an empty home. I can't decide how nothing will sit in my mind, I don't want to be alone, but alone I dine. At arms' lengths and hair breadth, each one's closer to death. I can't decide how nothing will sit in my mind, I don't want to be alone, but alone I dine. Closer to death.
Track Name: Wallflower
So I took a trip away and I was counting down the days, back through my mind I can escape, it's not the same as I rest in old clichés, "you be you and I'll be me." I guess that's okay. Wrapped up in fantasies we stay, pulling teeth to shed again, I'll wait for you all day, I'll wait for you all day. A fly upon the wall that sees nothing at all, I'll wait for you all day and I guess that's okay. I know that when we're gone the world will carry on, nothing stops the setting sun. Pour me into you through the pouring rain, heads tilted back, drowning in our brains, too sick to pretend, too sick to pretend that nothing ends. I know that when we're gone the world will carry on, nothing stops the setting sun, but maybe, just maybe, love will travel on, carried off in a song, but I could be wrong, I could be wrong, perhaps we're all forgotten when we're gone, under the setting sun. So I'll hold you close just in case and I guess we'll be okay.
Track Name: Doubt
Inescapable, undeniable, the ever looming question, what if I'm wrong? Where will I go? Nowhere to hide from myself, where will I go? Infinite answers, infinite mistakes to make, the absurdity of certainty, restless in questions with endless paths to take, restless in questions; am I here? Is this real? I question everything I feel. Until the end, when there's nothing to say, ash in the wind, a faded grey stale body in a box dragged through the dirt by the ticking clock. Infinite answers, infinite mistakes to make, restless in pieces, endless paths to the same fate. Dragged through the dirt are the minds of men, dragged through the dirt again and again till the end. Everything ends.
Track Name: Life Moves
I wish I could blame the year that took you from me, live a life in compartments, but time doesn't agree, doesn't ask for directions, not once gets lost on the way. Drive was just a verb to me, just a simple verb to me. This borrowed life on borrowed time. No joy in treading on you, no love from the strong, no comfort in solitude, no hope in song. Drive was just a verb to me, just a simple verb to me. My destination is out of reach. Blinded by white on paper my pupils dilate. No room for empty voices, no love in hate, no pity left for myself, no time to waste. Drive was just a verb to me, but that was yesterday. My words release me and I am free.
Track Name: Dandelion
Shedding old skin to grow new skin to live in, I begin drawing straight lines between you and I to calculate time. With love out loud caught in my throat, I bite my tongue till it hurts. Shedding old skin to grow new skin to live in, I'm swallowed up in words, I'm drowning in verbs that flood my mind. I bury my face in your hands, my fingers ground down to dust, with love out loud caught in my throat, my silver tongue turns to rust. I hold your face in my hands, my fingers wrapped up in curls, with love out loud caught in my throat, I fold desire in words, "Let's get away from here, let's shed the world." With love out loud caught in my throat, I bite my tongue till it hurts. With love out loud caught in my throat, I choke.
Track Name: Hypocrisy
Not trying to be anything, just trying to be. You mean nothing to me because you've got nothing to say. Bigger isn't better and I'm not bitter. I should know, seen both sides and felt no better. The truth is inside. When you head out to be amused, stare across the room and into their eyes. If you can see they don't believe in all that they do, they deserve nothing from you. It's not the numbers that sing along, all these thumbs get dragged along. No love is pure when it's sold to you and you sell the love in all that you do, all that you do. Your voice is not my problem, it's the choice to make no difference, when everyone's listening and your message is misery; no help, no hope, no philosophy. Sometimes what people want isn't quite what they need. The truth is inside. It's not the heads that nod along, it's the mind that makes a song. No love is pure when it's sold to you and you sell the love in all that you do, all that you do. When will you realise the truth is inside?
Track Name: Cloudbursts
Welcome to the garden, every flower grown in the ashes of dead stars, nature and its captives, all we see are their old photographs. Just pin pricks and scars of men, maybe this wasn't all meant for them. A wilderness wasted in your eyes, the sky, the birds and the tress, this kind of beauty brings me to my knees, but it's not enough for you, so what's the world to do when the world is you? Unsatisfied. What is this walk? Where are we going? I find beauty in not knowing. The earth compels me and I'm free to die, burning at both ends in the brilliant light. Mouth-breather, you see the world through plastic eyes, from the bottom of a new low you turn to the sky, unsatisfied. What is this walk? Where are we going? I find beauty in not knowing, the earth compels me and I'm free to die, I want to feel it all in a world deaf, dumb and blind. Start living, stop living a lie. Burning at both ends in the brilliant light, I turn and say goodnight.
Track Name: Moral Decay
Enough, we've taken too much, thumbs full, opposing you, blocking out the flood. More lost than can be replaced, on a dying planet you cling to faith when you should show some shame. Who do you pray to for warmer weather when nothing fits together? Alone, I hope for rain, afraid of everything, scared to be anything at all. Ground down into grains, consumed by my rage, I quiver in these words; embrace the shrinking cage, embrace the caving world. We should have known better, should have shown some shame. So much is lost, more than can live again, on a dying planet you scream "give," you should show some shame. All in the same race under the same name, you should be so sorry, you should be ashamed. Embrace the shrinking cage, embrace the caving world, embrace the shrinking cage, you should show some shame.
Track Name: Folsom
I pack up these feelings and carry them home, the book I'm reading, love notes tucked into the folds. Never let me go. I'm finding meanings when I should feel alone, I won't pretend to feel at home. I spell devotion in a hollow home, I seek directions to parts unknown. Never let me go. With a gesture so small you remind me how it was before, you say, "I'm sorry, i know it's hard to remember. You're not alone anymore."
Track Name: Newspaper Sky
So much has tainted now, a constant's lost, so much has shook me to the core and broken my trust. I've got no regrets, just days I wish I could forget, I beg each day these thoughts stay to set me free. Today is Father's Day, but not for me. Growing new colours in your old eyes, newspaper grey to match the granite skyline. Just one more song and then I'm done, done wasting time, done asking why, done with comfort in old lies. This is a cruel world, but for now this world is mine. How should I know where you'll go? Ripped apart and left wide open without the tearing of flesh, drained of everything and still denied a graceful death, teeth clenched I sit and spit and through the wheezing of my chest. My thoughts repeat until I sleep, "there's nothing left."
Track Name: Downpour
I am no better, but I know better, roots in a box, dust on a case, it's all the same. Now all reason lies in tethers, trapped under fickle thoughts of pleasure, lost in stares, tearing hair through the hail. Eternal rain, free from disease and mindless to pain. No judgement, no end, no shame. The river flows downstream, so it seems, surrounded by the deranged. The hiss of the handsome struck dumb, the hum from the straining brain. Picking at parts and pieces, each drop more insane, enraged by the numbers that drip from digits dragged along in the rain. Eternal rain that never ceases, free from disease and mindless to pain, no judgement, no end, just rain. Eternal rain, free from disease and mindless to pain, no judgement, no end, no shame. Eternal rain, free from disease and mindless to pain, no judgement, no end, just rain.