Food Court has been a band in the back of my mind since I premiered a video of theirs over a year ago.
With a creative and fun-filled take on punk-infused pop, I was really keen to get my hands on their debut album. Good Luck did not disappoint.
As with any record, there are always highlights and some near misses, but overall I left feeling confident that the boys have continued to produce the music I fell in love with.
The record opens with Not My Way, bright and melodic punk, a great introduction to Food Court after a seemingly lengthily hiatus. For those who are fans of Green Buzzard I can see Good Luck hitting all the right places.
Alright Alone brings in some cool indie elements, but a bit more diversity in their lyricism would have been welcome. Those sweet hooks of the opening track aren’t present, leaving Alright Alone slightly lacklustre, but the punchy echoing interlude is really well articulated.
Stripped back and somewhat melancholy Happy Birthday stands out on its own; when thinking about the previous tracks, unfortunately, it misses the mark slightly.
With Slightest Brightest, ‘brightest’ is definitely the best word to describe this one – energetic and filled with surf-pop notes, Food Court have hit the nail on the head. Pumped up with bombastic instrumental and high-voltage vocals, Slightest Brightest is my favourite track thus far.
Big Sleep is not as well articulated lyrically, but with a driving energy and carefully curated drops and lifts that keep it intriguing. You can feel the emotional exhaustion towards the end of the track… not something I can ascertain to be intentional.
In the first few bars of I’ve Been Wrong and I feel like we are back at it again! They’ve given us twangy garage pop, and that guitar riff is incredibly reminiscent of The Strokes, but because I am never going to complain about a nod to Julian Casablancas I will let that slide.
Wrecked and Left & Right take the album into a darker void, a fuzzy deep vocal adds brooding fury and that yearning lyricism and building intensity is really effective and makes for a clear and crisp take on garage rock.
And we’re back! While that angsty turn in earlier tracks was a refreshing palette cleanser, Go From Here comes at just the right time. Sunny and invigorating pop is given a rock’n’roll edge with fuzzy vocals and a slamming guitar solo with around 30 seconds to go. I very much approve of this song; it is quite frankly brilliant rock’n’roll.
Mind Rhythm has a crunchy, messy start and I am already feeling like Good Luck is going to wrap up really well. The punk vocals are back, a familiar subtle whine is present and those crashing drums sit just perfectly. Shame a drum solo didn’t appear, but nonetheless that guitar interlude made up for it. Anyone who likes Japanese Motors will be more than okay with Mind Rhythm – surf punk is back.
The album delivers a killer finish with For The Morning, with screeching guitars and breathless vocals. If not with less inspiring lyricism than the rest of the album, For The Morning is fun, energetic and very much in keeping with what we have come to know and love from Food Court’s sound, which is enthusiastic and cathartic punk.
While there are a few less than inspiring moments, Food Court has really impressed me. Good Luck is raw, in keeping with their original sound and delivers a plethora of soundscapes which push their music to new heights.
Released: 22 September 2017 via Dine Alone Records