I fell in love with Gone By Friday the moment I discovered them. To this day, I consider them an excellent example of “one-of-those-bands-that-should-have-been-more-well-known”. Their music has been a permanent place in my musical diet, standing side-by-side with bands way more established.
Gone By Friday ‘s beautifully titled debut album Noisetank! was released in 2011. I decided to review this album because every song is packed with nostalgia. Each lyric and riff takes me back to a radically different time in my life. Plus, I believe that Gone By Friday is truly underrated.
At the time I wrote this post, Gone By Friday was still together. However, within two months the band would make the unfortunate announce that they were breaking up.
I will change up my usual formula and discuss their style and sound before jumping into my thoughts on the album. Before disbanding in August 2018, Gone By Friday was a relatively unknown “Hardworking Punk-Pop (band) straight Outta Queens”.
Gone By Friday was an energetic blend of punk rock and pop punk. They were not a “three-chord-punk-band”. Guitar solos dotted their debut albums. Slick drum work was also present. And thankfully, the bass player even had moments were they were allowed to shine.
On their Facebook page, they described themselves as “Catchy Punk Rock”. This is certainly true. Green Day, Blink-182, Rancid and The Flatliners were listed as influences. Elements of these bands come across in Gone By Friday’s music.
Noisetank! is a pop-punk album that touched all of the appropriate clichés of the genre. The band sings about angst, break-ups, depression and coming of age. Catchy lyrics dotted the record while slick riffs and drum fills tied everything together. However, one of the biggest strengths of the album is the emotion the band wove into the lyrics. Their words feel like they were born from experience, rather than a rigorous editing process.
“January 10th” is a glowing example of this. “January 10th” detailed the waves of grief the singer is undergoing. This song has always rung loudly to me. In the months after my father died I devoured this album regularly, but this song adopted significance because of the grief I was feeling.
Lyrically, “Sick Sinister Smile” is highly repetitive and seemingly annoying because of this. However, I think this repetition is a tool that showcases one of the interpretations of the tune. In short, the song is about standing before the world as a young adult and “looking scared”. At this point in life, a harsh lesson is thrust upon everyone: jobs suck, but we need them. Of course, work is repetitive, which the song drives home.
Recommendations and Songs Worth Investigating
As mentioned above, “January 10th” holds a special place in my heart. Naturally, “Sick Sinister Smile” is worth looking into as well. However, there are many other great songs on this record. “Without a Sound” is a brilliant tune about being “trapped in my reality” and wanting to break free of the constrictive routine. “The End of Us” is a catchy break-up tune slathered with a pop punk attitude.
Overall, the whole album is worth listening to. If you’re a fan of older Green Day (specifically, the Dookie era), Gone By Friday will be appealing. Noisetank! is a very cheap record. Amazon has it for six dollars and its listed for five dollars on their bandcamp page.