If you’re searching for a fresh take on the modern emo style, look no further than Good Thoughts. Originally a four-piece powerhouse, the band’s latest incarnation is as an electrifying trio with a rotating drummer (Mitchel Lyons of Revenge Season currently holds the post). Frontman Tyler Seaman has built up considerable street cred in former local acts like Astro Jones and Valbanera, and Good Thoughts’ dreamy approach with clean drive and power-pushing melodies is well suited to his talents.
The group’s third EP since forming in 2014, I’ve Seen the Future and I’m Not Going is a beautiful and original record in an already overpopulated music genre. Recorded by Austin Blaine in bassist Timothy Graham’s living room, the production quality is sharp, crisp, and does nothing but enhance the impact of the tracks. Lead single “Rattlesnakes” is one of the more powerful and infectious songs on the EP led by gorgeous swirling guitar riffs and Seaman’s emotive vocals. On the surface, it’s a driving, upbeat cut, but beneath there are dark undertones of religious animosity: “Oh my god, my allegory / Jesus Christ in all his glory / doesn’t like me much, and I don’t like him.”
Asked about the track’s animus toward issues of faith and belief, Seaman offered the following: “While the song does tackle issues such as the religious wars in Israel and the Middle East on a broad scale, it also takes it as a closer issue as well, and how my beliefs, or non-beliefs, have impacted my relationships and friendships along the way.”
Give it a listen below.
Good Thoughts will celebrate the release of I’ve Seen the Future and I’m Not Going on Fri., October 13 at the Drunken Unicorn alongside Dog Years, Fox Wound, and Formative Years (Chattanooga). Doors open at 9 p.m. Admission is $5. 18+ to enter.