A Victim of Good Times | The Summer EP

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The Summer EP

by A Victim of Good Times

For fans of 90s college radio and regrettable good times.
Genre: Rock: College Rock
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1. Loyalton
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2. So Nice
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3:16 $0.60
3. The Good Life
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3:53 $0.60
4. Red Red Red
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5. No Fooling
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Album Notes
A Victim of Good Times was formed in the spring of 2011 under the influence of college radio staples: Pixies, Weezer, Pavement, Nirvana, Modest Mouse, The Smiths, Surfer Blood, Pinback, The Misfits. The result is catchy, pensive, urgent and may convince you to call out of work or skip class the next morning.

AVOGT is fronted by Matt Gaines (November Radio) and features bassist Mike Lebovitz (Father Bingo), drummer Matt Delaney (The Fair Trade) and guitarist Clayton Thomas (Bad Press, Svingali). They released a five-song EP, "The Summer EP," in early summer 2012. And if all goes according to plan, they'll have "The Winter EP" ready by February.


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Jason Lightner: Tunes News

a journey through event and emotion
A few weeks ago, catching Bite Size Giant at Connie’s Ric Rac, I was given a copy of an album by another band on the bill that night. The band, A Victim of Good Times, is another Philadelphia group with a penchant for laying down some truly listenable music.

Comprised of Matt Gaines on vocals and guitar, Mike Lebovitz on bass, Matt Delaney on drums, and Clayton Thomas on guitars, the band boasts Philadelphia mainstays that have played many popular Philly venues on countless occasions. An amalgamation of talents from many other acts, A Victim of Good Times is a collaboration of tremendous artistic talent.

The album they were giving out at the Ric Rac was The Summer EP, a collection of five songs of alternative-rock inspiration and college-rock daze. The first track, “Loyalton”, is an airy, slow-tempo jam – the kind you play on a rainy day. The speed picks up with “So Nice”, which is a romp-a-thon that goes from pulse-pounding, to melodic, and back again in a style reminiscient of Nirvana. “The Good Life” is a plodding track about losing the so-called good life, and is similar in composure to 50′s doo-wop (minus the vocals). The fourth song, “Red Red Red”, is an up-tempo track with generously distributed guitar distortion and vocal effects. The last track, “No Fooling”, is a methodical song, perfect for the wallflowers among us. A fun song, it hearkens back to some of the more popular work done by The Pixies, such as “Where Is My Mind?”

On the first listen, you might wonder what it is you’re supposed to be feeling. I got the same impression and the conclusion I came to was that I was simply thinking too hard about it. The Summer EP is an album that’s meant to be enjoyed, not digested. It’s a journey through event and emotion, without the need for strange metaphor or cryptic wording.

The night I saw them at the Ric Rac, by the way, they were sans drummer for some reason. Perhaps not surprisingly, they sounded damn good even without their beatman.

You can grab The Summer EP at A Victim of Good Times’ Bandcamp page, either as a free download, or a $3 hard copy.
-Jason Lightner, tunesnews.com


A Dead-on 90s Indie Rock Vibe
On The Summer (EP), A Victim of Good Times really achieve a dead-on 90s indie rock vibe. The 90s likeness is almost unreal but you might question it on “Loyalton”. That violin might just snap you out of your 90s daydream and you’ll realize A Victim of Good Times are true indie rockers not afraid to experiment with different sounds. Don’t be alarmed by the screaming on “So Nice” and “No Fooling”, just know that it’s well placed rage. On the other hand, “The Good Life” and “Red Red Red” sound less threatening and not as intense. I believe A Victim of Good Times saved the best for last with the song “No Fooling”. It has a great guitar sound, just the right amount of soft vocals mixed with intensity, and a decent lyrical message. “Trying to figure out. What it means to me. You know…”

If the thought of 90s college radio doesn’t excite you on a nostalgic level at least then maybe you’ll enjoy A Victim of Good Times’ The Summer (EP) for its indie rock charm. You can catch A Victim of Good Times October 13 [2012] at Connie’s Ric Rac.