Good Times Crisis Band

Select a Gather Point (Australian Cattle God)

Texas Platters

Good Times Crisis Band

Select a Gather Point (Australian Cattle God)

Good Times Crisis Band is a study in out-of-time contradictions. The tightfisted local guitar/bass/drums trio channels ZZ Top's Tres Hombres by way of the Minutemen's Double Nickels on the Dime against a lyrical backdrop espousing human resilience in the face of postmodern cynicism. Select a Gather Point then buzzes between the creases with a forward-facing energy all its own. GTCB's attention to arrangement highlights all three pieces playing off one another as opposed to just following chord progressions. Maybe a laptop could approximate spatial dynamics with more scientific accuracy, but it wouldn't get blood flowing like "Cyber Freee" does. "This Will Pass" powers through the valley of despair on a stoic verse and triumphant chorus, while "Z.Z. Zephyr" invokes the Zilker Park train in a bid for rekindling transcendence. It's the perfect post-punk soundtrack for obliterating your old hard drive.

***.5

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