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The Goodwill
Insult, Injury, Etc. (Abacus)

By: Mike SOS

Before the apparent comparisons can be made to fellow hometown heroes Glassjaw, Taking Back Sunday, and The Movielife, just be aware that this quintet does in fact sound a lot like the aforementioned bands (criminally on vocals), but no more than any other band currently hitting the airwaves or the hearts and minds of teenage America. Don't let their hometown handicap deter you though: these guys do exhibit some solid points, one of which being their brevity, as many of the 11-tracks are under three and a half minutes, giving off an explosive vibe that few bands on the same plane can match. Tracks like the attention grabbing opener "Horseshoes and Hand Grenades" sound like a more hardcore New Found Glory, while the chunky guitars on "Your Friendly Ghost" and "So Sorry" are a welcomed change from the usual Warped Tour guitar tone. Mixing in dollops of post hardcore a la Hot Water Music into infectious chorus-driven anthems such as "The Magic 8 Ball Society" and "The Formula" allow The Goodwill to broaden beyond the Long Island punk rock tag, at least for a little while before the obligatory get out of this town sing along of "To Live and Die in LI" hits you like an errand fist in the pit at the Valley Stream VFW matinee.
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