Good Riddance (band)
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|Associated acts||Only Crime, State of Grace, Creep Division|
Good Riddance (sometimes abbreviated GR) is a punk rock band from Santa Cruz, California. They released seven full-length studio albums on Fat Wreck Chords, and their final album was a live recording of their farewell concert in 2007. Led by vocalist Russ Rankin, the band's longtime lineup included guitarist Luke Pabich, bassist Chuck Platt, and drummer Sean "SC" Sellers. Their sound was influenced by the hardcore punk scene and the band was known for their combination of fast punk with catchy melodies. Lyrical themes vary from political protests and critical analyses of American society to personal struggles and alienation.
The band reunited in February 2012 to play some live shows.
State of Grace
Prior to Good Riddance, in the early 1990s Russ Rankin and Luke Pabich were members of Santa Cruz hardcore band State of Grace. State of Grace released one demo cassette, approximately 31 minutes long, in 1992; the nine tracks were recorded at "Lumberjack Studios" in "Haward" (presumably Hayward, California). They subsequently played dates on two short tours.
- Demo track listing
- Fade Away
- Agnostic Dream
- Don't Judge Me
- I Fight A War
- It Can Change
- Hard Facts
- Sanity Plea
- Pass You By
Rankin and Pabich were joined by Chuck Platt and Sean Sellers in the group Good Riddance. Sellers, replacing original drummer Rich Mcdermott who played with Good Riddance until the release of their first L.P., "For God and Country". Sean Sellers would continue to drum for Good Riddance until their e.p. "The Phenomenon of Craving", which Dave Raun from Lagwagon/RKL played on. Dave Wagenshutz, most well known as drummer for New Jersey melodic hardcore titans, Lifetime joined the band and recorded the next two albums and toured with Good Riddance. Sellers would eventually rejoin the band to play on their final studio record, "My Republic", and on their farewell live record. Every member of the band supported animal rights and was either vegan or vegetarian. The band was also a vocal supporter of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and the United States Green Party.
On April 3, 2007, they announced their breakup, and played their final show on May 27, 2007 in their hometown of Santa Cruz, California at The Catalyst. This show was recorded and released as their final album, Remain in Memory - The Final Show.
In August 2009, guitarist Luke and bassist Chuck announced they are starting their own "heavy/aggressive band with old school punk and metal influences.”
On February 16, 2012, Good Riddance announced on their Web site that they had reunited. The band is to continue with their usual lineup (Rankin, Pabich, Platt and Sellers).
On 17 April 2012, it was announced that Good Riddance will be playing the Lock Up Stage at Leeds and Reading festival in August 2012.
- Studio albums
- For God and Country (1995)
- A Comprehensive Guide to Moderne Rebellion (1996)
- Ballads from the Revolution (1998)
- Operation Phoenix (1999)
- Symptoms of a Leveling Spirit (2001)
- Bound by Ties of Blood and Affection (2003)
- My Republic (2006)
- Exposed! 1994-1999 VHS (Fat Wreck Chords, July 31, 2001)
- Fat Wreck Chords Profile
- Good Riddance at AllMusic
- Good Riddance on Myspace
- Good Roddance on Facebook
- Good Riddance on Punknews.org
- The Liberty Movement Zine - interview with singer Russ Rankin