Goonies Never Say Die
In a Forest Without Trees


4.5
superb

Review

by dhxp45 USER (1 Reviews)
June 24th, 2010 | 17 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A beautiful and unique exercise in simple post rock.

In the middle of the North Atlantic there is a tremendous wellspring of musical ability and talent that for the last few years has produced the most influential post rock bands from Mogwai to God is an Astronaut. One of the United Kingdom’s most recent revelations is Goonies Never Say Die. The name of the band, taken from the famous 80s coming-of-age film, sets the tone for the simple maturity that Barry Parkinson and Steven Trenell create together along with their four closest friends. The Sextet came out of Blackpool, England on the Northwest Coast and quietly found their way to Michigan and into my music library by sheer accident.

I immediately sat down with their debut album, In a Forest Without Trees, and after sitting through an uninspired introduction track of scratchy and angsty ambience I was thrown into “This One Took Forever.” Within seconds you get a real sense for where this album is taking you. Unlike much of the band’s comrades in the genre they do not waste the space they use. Almost every space in the 3 to 7 minute tracks is filled with cinematic and explosive melodies and ambiences. The songs are perfectly lengthed for what they are; at no point do you feel overpowered by the blanketing feeling of their sound. Listening to Goonies makes me want to curl up in a ball and let the music cover me in fleece, or something like that. The most noticeable instrument in the band and the sound that provides their unique sound comes from Dan Kerr, the drummer. Many post rock bands do not focus on the rhythm section of their bands but Kerr’s solid and always perfectly written drum lines provide a perfect canvas for the guitars and keyboard to lay beautiful melodies that blend in with the atmosphere and creates an incredibly heart wrenching soundscape.


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mathcorejunkie
June 24th 2010


36 Comments


best band name ever.

xxKillWithASmile
June 24th 2010


240 Comments


Sup bro.
Additionally, it's a good review, it just needs a conclusion.

TRMshadow
June 24th 2010


4982 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

"or something like that" never works good in any review.

Also, the review feels half-finished. Add another paragraph and a conclusion.

dhxp45
June 24th 2010


2 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks, this was a first effort to test the waters so I didn't put my all into it. I'd appreciate any and all criticism for my next review.

xxKillWithASmile
June 24th 2010


240 Comments


I'd say it needs a little elongation, but the metaphors are strong, and your descriptive words are...well...descriptive. As minor and stylistic as it is, be careful not to repeat the same word too many times for one comparison. But to each their own.

sniper
June 24th 2010


19080 Comments


Dude dhxp45 read my Worker Bee review and I'll link you the album. Together we can get sputnik to listen to tiny post rock bands like these and If These Trees...

Bitchfork
June 25th 2010


7584 Comments


I love this band.

Schizophrenik
June 25th 2010


843 Comments


"Unlike much of the band’s comrades"

comrades is a weird word choice...maybe try peers? or contemporaries?

Other than that, it was pretty well written. just, like everyone else said, it should be longer.

Dryden
June 25th 2010


13258 Comments


you follow everyone else

Schizophrenik
June 25th 2010


843 Comments


im not indie enough to think for myself

DoctorNurse
June 25th 2010


475 Comments


given that im currently wearing a goonies t shirt, i applaud their name

dinomania
October 19th 2010


97 Comments


anyone checked out their new album? good?

minty901
October 20th 2011


2084 Comments


Two tracks into this; am I listening to Caspian?

MrxSelfxDestruct
December 13th 2011


495 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

New album is great, it's more of the same, but it's definitely more song based/hook driven and less atmospheric, if I had to draw a difference.

Band NEEDS more recognition, song oriented post-rock, far more digestible

Scoot
December 13th 2011


17910 Comments


what's with band names and goonies references

Digging: Renounced - The Melancholy We Ache

FromDaHood
Contributing Reviewer
December 13th 2011


9067 Comments


What a stupid fucking name

MrxSelfxDestruct
December 14th 2011


495 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Stupid name aside (lets be honest, stupid names in post-rock are abundant, this one going the extra mile) this band is surprisingly solid, easy 4.



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