Northern California punk rockers Good Riddance exploded onto the scene in the mid-1990s and rode the punk revival wave for a decade before calling it quits in 2007 after eight mostly first-rate albums. Well, the gang is back together again, with the core original lineup in place, for newest album “Peace in Our Time.”
“We didn’t want to be a band who overstayed our welcome,” frontman Russ Rankin says of the reason behind the dissolution of Good Riddance. “Everyone was becoming increasingly busy with other, non-music careers, families, etc.”
Older, wiser and with music still pumping through their veins, Rankin and mates Luke Pabich (guitar), Sean Sellers (drums) and Chuck Platt (bass) acquit themselves just fine on this 14-track slab. And while the record isn’t on par with Good Riddance classics like “Ballads From the Revolution’ (1998) and “Symptoms of a Leveling Spirit” (2001), their longtime fans won’t be disappointed.
Highlights of “Peace in Our Time” include lid-lifter “Disputatio,” “Take It to Heart,” “No Greater Fight,” “Washed Away” and “Year Zero.” Keep on rocking, fellas. (Jeffrey Sisk)