Good Riddance – Remain in Memory: The Final Show

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Well engineered and quickly paced Remain in Memory: The Final Show delivers a real “front and centre” experience that aptly highlights straightedge punks Good Riddance’s showmanship in addition to their musical talents. The bittersweetness of the whole affair is palpable as Santa Cruz’s native sons preserve their farewell performance by recording the whole proceedings live in front of a capacity hometown crowd. Lending new meaning to the words “punk revival” vocalist Russ Rankin guitarist Luke Pabich bassist Chuck Platt and drummer Sean “SC” Sellers breathe new life into old favourites for the last time reaffirming why they made such a winning combination when they started up back in ’86. Blasting through an impressive 31 tracks the lads peel back the decades and bring the full-brunt of their socio-political and philosophical indignation to bear on choice cuts including “Weight of the World” “Darkest Days” “Heresy Hypocrisy and Revenge” “Indoctrination” and “Yesterday’s Headlines.” Capping off the best live punk album since The Swingin’ Utters released Live in a Dive in 2003 Rankin and company choke back their emotions as he consoles the obviously adoring crowd saying “Don’t be sad. We’ll always have tonight.”