LIVE REVIEW: Goodtime Boys @ The Intake, Mansfield

Recently releasing their new album ‘Rain’, Goodtime Boys decided to make a storm by travelling across the UK, performing at each and every city, dedicating their time on tour to their fans, giving a good show and overall, making their presence known. The guys actually welcomed two new lads to the team before beginning to write their latest album, before taking it to Alan Douches at West West Side to be mastered.
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First up were Canvas, a local band from Bedfordshire. Their set was spot on for the tone of the night, a lot of guitar, a high amount of bass, and a big amount of screams. Frontman, Jack Rogers used the space in the venue well, involving the audience whilst engaging us in emotion. These guys have a new album coming out at some point in the autumn this year, so make sure you keep an eye out for that. It’ll be a good one to catch.

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Grappler, formed in 2009, were up next, and despite Jon having lost his voice, their performance was breath-taking. In a way, I think that the way Jon spoke his lyrics instead of screaming them, it made it that little bit more personal and intimate. The rest of the band did an amazing job in spite of a couple of things that went wrong with instruments on stage, this band deserve to be known, and well known at that. Being at the front of the crowd is close enough for some people but being able to feel and think about what an artist is speaking about is another thing all together. 

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Goodtime Boys’ show at The Intake in Mansfield was a hit. The turn out was great and the atmosphere was phenomenal. Alex Pennie (frontman) really knows how to use the stage well, and how to engage the audience in his performance. My favourite track from the night, and from the album, was Wallflower. When listening to the album when it came out, this track was instantly my top track.  With lyrics such as ‘perhaps we’re all forgotten when we’re gone / under the setting sun / so I’ll hold you close just in case / and I guess we’ll be okay’ – it’s somewhat heavy in sound but also hiding a sweet innocence about it, truly captivating, and performed exceedingly well.

This band love what they do and they do what they love, you can tell this just by their performances, even more so if you have a conversation with the guys. They filled the venue with a pleased audience, and an even happier promoter. As far as I am aware, Goodtime Boys had never played in Mansfield before, but from what I can tell, they enjoyed their experience and I’d like to think they’ll be making a come back very soon. Check their music out on the following pages, and be sure to watch the video above, it’s from their album ‘What’s Left To Let Go‘.
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For further information on Goodtime Boys, check out…

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Review written by Rebecca Borthwick.