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Good Riddance’s “Peace in our Time.” Reviewed by Taylor Farner.

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Well, it seems Good Riddance is ageless. They’re still playing gnarly jams. You would think a gap of 8 years in their catalog might have an effect on their ability to play like a bunch of angsty teenagers. Not the case, my friend.

I, for one, am new to Good Riddance. I didn’t start listening to them until the midst of their hiatus, so I didn’t get to feel the pain long-lost fans felt during the gap. I don’t even know, man.

But I was thinking about this the other day when I started planning this review: Good Riddance has one of the strongest sounds I know of. Their sound doesn’t wither away, and hasn’t changed into something else. They’re still busting out these great hardcore jams with the same voraciousness they had in the mid-90s. Musically they know their shit. Melodically, they’re catchy as hell. Let’s get to it:
Opening song: It’s hardcore. Duh.

“Disputatio,” (Latin for dispute) is in a lot of ways GR’s recurring anthem. They still hold the dream, and the vision of being able to speak your mind. It’s a statement for their hardcore straight-edge friends and neighbors to stand firm and uphold what you believe.
Another favorite of mine from the record is “Take it to Heart.” The first reminder that GR is a group with very strong and willful political views, the song reminds us of all the shitty things that we allow, as a nation, and cause, all the while putting up blankets to hide everything in slaughterhouses or mental institutions, or bury in the past. There isn’t really a doubt that we’ve been ignorant and willfully chosen to not look at the grimy parts of life, but GR throws the ignorance out the window and slaps us with another catchy hardcore song.

I’m assuming they purposefully made the intro to “Dry Season,” sound like “Green Corn,” which made me smile. This song is another political one. It gives an interesting perspective, but ultimately brings us back to the title of the record. It’s a call for peace, when no one seems to be interested in it.

“Washed Away,” is a thought-provoking melodic tune that makes us question our routines and why we do the things that we see as necessities that are ultimately what are destroying the world, and made us willfully ignorant. The greediness of humanity and our selfishness has tarnished their belief in any divine faith or organized system of beliefs.

“Glory Glory,” is here to tell us that changing our ways isn’t going to be easy. We are where we are, because being ignorant is easy. Conforming to an ideology is ultimately hindering us from a real freedom, and is really just a huge joke that we’re playing on ourselves, and preventing us from being true to ourselves.

Just go get the record. GR is back, giving us their catchy melodic hardcore straight-edge jams, asking for us to try and be better people, and reminding us that we’re the reason the world is the way it is. It’s up to us to fix it, and being ignorant to our problems doesn’t really make them go away.

I saw them right before the record released. They’re easily one of, if not the best band I’ve seen live. They know their shit, they sound amazing, and they are here for the greater good. I’ll try to dig up some tour dates.

Letter from the Editor, Issue #2

It seems, ladies and gentlemen, that I’ve finally found it. I didn’t need a map, no one told me where to look, and I honestly didn’t even know I was looking for it, but I found myself in a rut. Maybe not so much a rut, but whatever it is that everyone ends up running into that’s a real eye-opener, something that tells you Hey, things don’t get to stay so easy. It’s the experience where you graduate on time, you got “lucky” and got a job right out of college, and all of a sudden you don’t have time for anything, that “lucky” job wasn’t paying you as much as you thought it would, and your not-impressive-but-decent body suddenly grows a beer belly.

That was my life a handful of weeks ago. I overworked myself to try and make the money I thought I’d be taking home, come home too exhausted to take care of myself, and just sat at the computer–not working on anything useful or productive like, oh I don’t know, finishing up Issue #2 of a certain zine, but binging on online games, or watching T.V. show after T.V. show. The ironic part was I also got addicted to hearing Gorilla Biscuits “Start Today,” each day on the way home. Maybe it helped get this show on the road? But anyways, there I was, sitting on my ass, smashing away at the keyboard, and I look over my side to see the full-length mirror on the wall, and the pale blob of a gut covering my crotch and said out loud, “What the fuck.” Not to mention no one likes living with someone who only focuses on getting to level 100 or doing your raids for the week. So fuck it, I quit. And by quit, I meant what that Gorilla guy meant. I’m gonna start today.

Obviously not today-today, cause you’re reading this, I hope. My descent into gluttony and laziness, and my subsequent recovery from it are the reason why you’re reading this in January, and not the previous July. I hit that rut, and I’m crawling out of it. I may not be where I was before I fell in, but I’m getting there. And I’ll keep the stories coming.

Before I knew for sure I’d be continuing the zine after my Capstone, I received a lot of support from friends, friends of friends, and family, and said something like “as long as people are there to help me out and bring content to the table, I’ll keep putting this all together,” because I truly enjoy it. Unlike getting your warlock to level 100, or getting the most KBs, this is one of the most rewarding things I’ve done in my life. It means something to me and helps us be better people. Not just me, but for everyone who helps out, who creates material, and everyone who reads the zine. We’re contributing to the skills and confidence of artists with real passions, who want to share their work with the world, and improve themselves.

We’re doing this for other people to read, but also for ourselves. Knowing people are reading something with your name in the byline is one of the most exhilarating things. It’s like the moment after you’ve made the jump off a cliffside. You’ve done the hard part, and once you make the splash, you’re going to want to jump again.
Like kicking a bad habit, you feel unstoppable when you read your name in print. Like when you’ve fully immersed yourself in a good book, you feel like you’ve found your place and purpose.

All of that said, I’d like to express my gratitude to everyone who didn’t let me off the hook, who asked “So when’s the next zine coming out?” and reminded me that life is about pushing yourself and following your dreams, not being a out-of-shape asshole yelling at his computer. Instead I’m now the slightly-less out-of-shape asshole trying to figure out how to make white text look good over an all-black spread. I owe it all to everyone who helped out with the Indiegogo page in March and April, and the fans we’ve gathered along the way who showed that they were interested in what we’re doing, and the great friends I have work-shopping material with me and being my motivation to make Issue #2 happen.

To all of our wonderful readers and contributors, Negative Assets thanks you again for showing your support and interest, whether you pre-ordered or found it in the random little shops I managed to sneak this into. We are most appreciative. One of the many reasons we write and draw and try to create something out of nothing is for you. We want to know what you like and don’t like, and how we’re doing. If you’d like to provide feedback, feel free to write to us.

Shoot an email to taylor.farner@negativeassetszine.com. If you are interested in writing for the future zines, visit our website, www.negativeassetszine.com, and click on the Submissions tab. You can find all the information you need there, and don’t hesitate to run stuff by me if you’re not sure. This is my passion and a dream of mine. I’d be happy to take a look at anything you’d want to share.
I hope you like this issue. It’s a bit different from the first, but we write what we like and what’s important to us. It’s going to be a little different all the time.

Enjoy.

 

Taylor

LETTER FROM THE EDITOR, Issue #1

What I hope I’ve accomplished with this project is bring a new opportunity and dose of vigor to my own writing, that of my peers, and to those, like me, who are looking for an outlet and a chance to showcase their passions, their dreams, their talents.

Largely, this is a literary journal. I have published stories, alongside fellow CSU Channel Islands students, alumni, and community members. It’s something that’s very important to me and my fellow contributors. Having your writing read is a huge step in giving yourself a name and creating confidence in your career. A project like this is also essential to knowing the ins and outs of the industry, and learning how to start at nothing and get to something. It brings a true sense of accomplishment to know that you got where you are because you put in the time and effort to make it happen.

Vector Portrait by Taylor Farner
Vector Portrait by Taylor Farner

The DIY aesthetic thatNegative Assets adopted stems from punk roots. It says “No one else is going to do your work for you, and you shouldn’t expect them to. You have to do it yourself.” It is this sentiment that drives our creativity, and pushes us to make our content seen and read. But it isn’t just about making your name heard. It’s about showing what you’ve spent your time creating and learned to love.

CSU Channel Islands is small, but densely packed with talent, eager to be seen. Beyond skill, the students have drive and are prepared to put in the hours to make their voices heard. There is community here, and culture.Negative Assets will hopefully help foster that culture, and strengthen the campus’s place in the world.

A lot of students leave school with their degrees and their debts, and the realization that there aren’t many opportunities for them. This project is about taking the initiative to get your work out there and let the world know you’re here, you have talent, and you’re ready to put it to use.

I’d like to thank everyone who contributed to this project, and all of our sponsors that helped make Negative Assets a reality. You’ve helped cultivate a new outlook on pursuing dreams, and giving your work purpose and light. I hope that Negative Assets continues to drive people, bring them passion, and make their work seen and enjoyed.

Taylor Farner