It's been a couple of years since we learned about the origins of the Good Depression, a group of friends that grew up in grade school and graduated to touring the country side with a powerful metallic punch. But while they've now pruned to the four piece version with Dylan McDonnell (vocals), Bryan Beerbaum (guitar), Keith Deschene (bass), and Justin Hebb (drums), the Good Depression have never been more resolved with their musical mandate and this weekend offer up their debut full length album, "No Funeral".
"It's been about two years since our last EP, "Youth Decay", and unfortunately our old bass player has a problem with his wrist and was unable to continue with music even though he loved what we were doing," says McDonnell. "Keith dropped down from guitar to bass and we've become more punk and hardcore than we've ever been. It really fits our style well. Bryan has a great punk vibe and he really did a lot for the song writing. Growing up, punk and hardcore are at our roots. The music scene is dominated by pop punk and very heavy music but we're trying to bring back the hardcore and the melodies of our roots. We've had a great response from our fans and a lot of new fans. Our music hits a lot of different people. We take a lot of different influences and make something different so perhaps we're attracting a different kind of person looking for that something different. Each of us is different and I think that's what makes us different. We bring a lot of different things to the table and I think a lot of people can relate to that. Metal fans are some of the most dedicated people and nicest people that you'll ever meet. That's why we play the music that we do. We love that scene and are trying to bring that scene back to life."
Produced by Anton Delost, "No Funeral" is fast and furious but as precise as it is powerful with Good Depression refining their musical sound to better reflect the people they've grown into after a decade of doing this.
""No Funeral" encapsulates what everyone feels day to day," says McDonnell. "It's a collection of thoughts to the questions we're asking every day. We push the envelope and try to write a little more imaginatively. We talk about things that not everyone is talking about. A couple of the songs on the new album are about personal experiences but we write the lyrics and the music together. We all have a say and input - at the end of the day, we want this to be the best it can be and love everything from the instrumentals to the lyrics and I think we've done that. We went back to Anton Delost who did our EP, and we really wanted a producer. That's what we paid for and he did an excellent job on this full length."
While the band is currently on an Ontario tour in support of the new recordings, they return to Hamilton this weekend for a hometown showcase.
"We're now in our late twenties and not in our teens anymore but while our friends are choosing priorities, you need to enjoy life with whatever you do," says McDonnell. "If coming out and rocking out and throwing down and listening to great music, then come and check us out. We cater to a little bit of everything. I think most of our demographic is over the age of nineteen. We're super appreciative of all the fans that come out, check out our stuff on line and keep with us all this time - we're really happy about that. At the age we are now, life hits you with a lot of different things. If you can make an impression on your fans and they come out to see us on a Wednesday night when they have to work on Thursday, you know you're doing something right.
“We're truly dedicated to playing music because we love it and we're hoping to do it for the foreseeable future,” adds McDonnell. “We've got the CD for "No Funeral" out and the vinyl is coming soon but we're on all of the streaming platforms so we hope to hit all of the demographics that we can. It's reached a lot of people all over the world and we're very humbled by that. It's cool to see our music reaching so many people. We do all of this ourselves, booking the shows and all of it but there's a lot of sacrifice you need to make to do what you love. We absolutely love playing music for everyone. At the end of the day, work is work and you have to make money to live but if you're not doing what you love and you're not truly living, what are you doing?"
The Good Depression plays this Friday July 26 at Absinthe with Powerbomb, 49th Parallel, and Damage Control. Doors open at 9pm and $10 gets you in. Click on thegooddepression.com