Good Excuses is the debut album from Texas rockers, Blindwish and is due out on 1st September via Rise Records. Having already been on two successful US tours with label-mates, Palisades this ten-track release is sure to be the springboard to bigger things.
Opener, “After Midnight” is the lead single which was released back in July along with its’ video, and has already racked up an impressive 40k views on YouTube. It’s definitely a good choice for track one and sets the tone on what to expect for the rest of the record with thundering drums, head bang-worthy guitar riffage and powerful vocals.
Next up is “Bittersweet” which is sprinkled with influence from the likes of Brand New, Underoath and Breaking Benjamin – the kind of bands that helped shape my teen years, so naturally I’m already digging these guys!
“Single Word” follows, with some heavy guitars, prominent bass and the kind of chorus you can definitely hear being screamed back at the stage during a live show. Track four “Cold Shoulders”, along with “They’re Not Real” in the second half of the record, makes good use of some gang vocals which will give opportunity for some live singalongs – exactly what you want in a band with this much energy in their sound.
The half-way point is marked with the acoustic number, “Down” which for me, was a welcome change of tempo and sound. With only an acoustic guitar and some strings in accompaniment, this track allows Zackary David’s vocals to really shine through. At this point I’d happily listen to an acoustic version of this album and know it’d be just as good!
On tracks “Infected” and “Tied In Nots” I was getting hints of Linkin Park, not just from the vocals but also the added electronic elements which create extra layers. The result = a much bigger, aggressive overall sound.
“The Maze” sees the return of the acoustic guitar and strings only this time the track builds throughout, with some pretty poignant lyrics too. It’s uplifting, and in my opinion would’ve made a cracking final track. Instead, rounding off the album is “Echo” – not my favourite but an easy listen nonetheless.
While the latter 5 tracks offered a bit more diversity musically, I enjoyed the first half of Good Excuses more than the second as I feel it packed a bigger, more memorable punch. Still, it’s a great debut – this band and album are definitely worth your attention.
Vocals – Zackary David
Guitar – Billy Barber and Dakota Dufloth
Bass – Kendrick Nicholson
Drums – Garrett Grothe