We've updated the Spotify playlist with 30 new songs. New releases from Good Charlotte, The Story So Far, Fall Out Boy, Nekokat, Senses Fail, Cory Wells, Story Of The Year and a bunch of great unsigned bands you should check out! If you are loving new bands, send us a DM on our Instagram at instagram.com/goodfutureclub and we'll add a few every week. We want to make sure to spotlight new hard working bands to give them a boost.
First off, we'd like to say thank you. Thank you for your time, your eyes and ears. Thank you for your support and your help with our mission to spread positivity. The purpose of this brand is to have more people find their inspiration, follow their dreams, remind them that they're not alone in their journey and most importantly, find any sort of happiness boost. Leaving any situation better than when you found it is something we can all strive for and we hope to be a foot note in anyone's journey.
For this line, we sent ideas to 2 long time friends to get the ideas drawn and designed. The Dreams Never Sleep design was done by Eric Ryan who designed every Snakes & Suits (RIP) item ever. It was a special one for us to link back up and create something new (destroy old). The rest of the line was done by Nick Santino! He was in killer bands A Rocket To The Moon and Beach Weather. We couldn't be more excited to share their work with you and take the next step with Good Future Club. Also, thank you to our dude Andrew Cramb for taking all the photos for the line again as well! We hope you love the line as much as we do. Spread the love and positivity to everyone you know.
We've updated the Spotify playlist with 30 new songs! This week's update is a bit different as we took 1 song from our 20 favorite releases of 2017 and a few others we loved as well. If you are loving new bands, send us a DM on our Instagram at instagram.com/goodfutureclub and we'll add a few every week. We want to make sure to spotlight new hard working bands to give them a boost.
2017 was a killer year for music. In the process of compiling the records that I listened to and enjoyed the most, I always find it fascinating to hear what friends felt were the best of the year as well. I figured I'd compile the lists they sent over and post them all here in hopes everyone can find some new music (or whatever was posted by each person!). Do yourself a favor and check out as much new stuff as your time allows and tell us some of your favorites as well! Thanks for your eyes and ears.
PS - For those asking, yes we've been teasing pieces from our new line on our Instagram and I promise it'll be here before the end of the year. Keep your eyes on our Instagram stories for sneaks.
PPS - We have a Good Future Club Spotify playlist that we update with 30 songs every Tuesday morning. If you're looking for some new stuff, we post a bunch of brand new songs, classic bangers from bands we love and a handful of unsigned bands mixed in. Follow that here: Spotify playlist
Johnny Minardi - Good Future Club/Fueled By Ramen/Roadrunner Records - @johnnyminardi
I'm going with my top 11 coolest things of 2017, be it music, movies, pop culture or anything in between!
1) Brand New - Science Fiction. - I've been waiting a long time for more Brand New. For them to drop it as a surprise release and have it be so good is all I ever wanted.
2) blackbear - digital druglord - Took a second to grow on me. Now there's not a single track I don't love!
3) familypet - This band is going to do huge things. You just wait.
4) Baby Driver - Movie was all around sick! Cinematography was on point. Great story. Amazing soundtrack. Super dope.
5) Cryptocurrency - Regardless of your stance, or involvement with - it made some huge waves! There's no way we don't all look back at 2017 as old people and say "I remember when Bitcoin _____ (insert story of exponential growth and wealth or tragic shortcoming here) either way it'll be talked about!
6) IT - Few things about this gem of a film. 1) Felt like a perfectly done remake of a film, which IMO hasn't been done in a long time. 2) I got to see it with the man behind Good Future Club himself, Mr. Johnny Minardi. 3) They recreated the Neibolt House in Hollywood to promote the movie and it was fucking dope!
7) Short Story Long - I promise you there's nothing more inspiring than this podcast. I love it!
8) Chick-Fil-A - My favorite restaurant of the year. To that, you may say I have no class. Well, you're right - I don't. BUT THEM SAMMICHES ARE STILL GOOD AF!
9) Porsche GT3 Touring. - My favorite car of 2017! Porsche released the 911R in 2016 in extremely limited quantities. Everyone started selling them for too much money and Porsche didn't like it. So this year they dropped essentially the same magical car in slightly higher production numbers.
10) The Hundreds x Carrots Collab - I'm not deeply rooted in streetwear, but I respect the hell out of the people behind these brands. It's rad to see them do something so cool together!
11) Oliver Francis - A Million Miles An Hour - I really believe in this dude. No one does it quite like him. The perfect example of a DIY artist / genuine person who put endless work in and built something amazing. Listen to Aeou it's rad!
1. Lovely Little Lonely - The Maine 2. After Laughter - Paramore 3. Dead Reflection - Silverstein 4. Always Lose - The Gospel Youth 5. After The Party - The Menzingers 6. Fail You Again - Can't Swim 7. Where The Mind Wants To Go / Where You Let It Go - I The Mighty 8. Adornment - Grayscale 9. Tell Me You Love Me - Demi Lovato 10. The Search For Everything - John Mayer
Some Excellent EP's: Different Places - High Wire Ritual - Envy On The Coast Nothing Here Is Permanent - Bearings Symmetry - 7 Minutes in Heaven
Weird dishonorable mention : Science Fiction - Brand New It's fantastic, would be top 3. But I still haven't been able to listen to them since. Maybe someday. Nothing has shaped my musical DNA more than Brand New & I'm still processing how I feel about it.
We've updated the Spotify playlist with 30 new songs. New releases from The Maine, Waterparks, Turnstile, Capstan, Forever Came Calling and a bunch of great unsigned bands you should check out! If you are loving new bands, send us a DM on our Instagram at instagram.com/goodfutureclub and we'll add a few every week. We want to make sure to spotlight new hard working bands to give them a boost.
We just put these bad boys up in the store! We couldn't decide which one to do so we went with both and judging by the orders, it seems like the crowd is split as well! Grab yours and settle in for a nice long winter :(
We've updated the Spotify playlist with 30 new songs. New releases from Glassjaw, Senses Fail, Milk Teeth, Waterparks, The Plot In You, Sleep On It, and a bunch of great unsigned bands you should check out! If you are loving new bands, send us a DM on our Instagram at instagram.com/goodfutureclub and we'll add a few every week. We want to make sure to spotlight new hard working bands to give them a boost.
We've got our biggest sale ever going on in our webstore right now! We dropped all items down 30-50%. No coupon codes needed. Grab what ya want as we make room for Line 2 in December. Thanks for your support. Always appreciated.
This is our first ever guest blog and it comes from our dear friend Andrew Cramb. He's been a huge help in launching Good Future Club including shooting photos of the Line 1 collection. Check out his shots in the store link above. And on to Andrew's blog about the Fall Out Boy 'The Mania Tour Pop-Up Shop' that took place in LA this past weekend. Follow Andrew on Instagram.
This weekend was a cool one.
Rewind to a few weeks ago. I get a phone call from a long time friend, Travis McGee. He told me he was coming from NYC to LA from Nov. 17-19 and asked if I’d want to hang out and help him with a pop-up shop his company was putting together.
Blindly, I said yes for two reasons.
1) Travis is one of the funniest people I know, so doing anything with him is a good time.
2) Coming from Florida the idea of pop-up shops is generally something you only see online and don’t get to experience in person.
Shortly after I found out it was for Fall Out Boy which made it even cooler! Mixing a legendary band from the scene with the modern style and culture of a pop-up shop is a concept that I was happy to be a part of in any capacity.
Alright, on to some photos!
Day 1. Set up with Travis.
This is Eddie the corgi. The owners of the space brought him to work and he hung with us the entire time we were setting up. He was rad!
Finished and ready for business.
They made an extremely limited run of exclusive pop up merch including a denim jacket, tour posters, tees, hoodies, and accessories in addition to the tour merch being sold.
It wasn’t a vibe of too cool for school hype beast kinda kids buying it however. It was simply die hard FOB fans who were stoked to get some unique new merch to rock and support their favorite band. I loved seeing that.
To wrap things up on Sunday- Pete Wentz came in to do a meet and greet with 200+ fans. The line was an entire city block long! Throughout the whole thing Pete was so cool to all the fans and genuinely stoked to be there. Much respect.
My OG friend Elliott Ingham was also there to document which was rad. Elliott did all the photo and video on the Mania tour so it was awesome to hang and hear some tour stories while Pete was signing.
After the signing, it was on to tear down. Here’s the final shot once the room was cleared out. Nuts seeing it totally empty after all that!
We've updated the Spotify playlist with 30 new songs. New releases from Real Friends, Fall Out Boy, The Gospel Youth, Dashboard Confessional, All Time Low, Citizen, Blackbear, This Wild Life, Beartooth, Pianos Become The Teeth, Neck Deep, New Found Glory, Senses Fail and a bunch of great unsigned bands! If you are loving new bands, send us a DM on our Instagram at instagram.com/goodfutureclub and we'll add a few every week. We want to make sure to spotlight new hard working bands to give them a boost.
In honor of adding Days Away’s debut full length masterpiece ‘Mapping An Invisible World’ to Spotify, I wanted to re-post an article I wrote about the Fueled By Ramen released gem. This article originally appeared on AbsolutePunk.net in 2004. Enjoy.
“Four Chords & Seven Years Ago” - Days Away
Days Away has a special place in my heart. I have a very long and very random history with the band and their music so bare with me while I ramble through it and excuse all of the grammatical errors. They hail from just outside of Philadelphia, PA. In 2002, I first learned about the band back when they signed with a small southern California label that had signed The Starting Line called We The People Records. They released an EP called The Feel Of It. The EP was full of catchy pop rock tunes with some flashes of what was to come in the future for the band.
“She Knows My Name” from The Feel Of It EP
On a very snowy Valentine’s Day in 2003 near Philadelphia, I was in a blue mini van with my friend William Beckett on his first east coast tour as Remember Maine. The show was in a big VFW type hall with Punchline, Unsung Zeros, Zolof The Rock and Roll Destroyer and Days Away as headliners. A friday at a VFW with great bands from the area? That’s every touring bands dream right there. The show was great like most VFW shows back in the day cause fans actually loved going to see new music and Days Away/Punchline brought a great crowd. We watched and admired. You knew the band was special and to me they were way better then the recordings led on. Incredible jam band quality mixed with emotional pop (“emo” for you kids) and that “X factor” label guys love talking about. One of the tightest band I had seen at that level. The guys were super nice and invited us to stay with them at their place because they were having a party (again, a few stories for another day out of this including getting evicted shortly after).
“God and Mars” from Mapping An Invisible World
Fast forward to early 2005 a few months after I began working at Fueled By Ramen in Tampa. My boss came into my office with a burnt CDr (remember those?) and said “Do you like Days Away?” which I of course responded with “Yeah, they’re great”. He went on to say something along the lines of “Well their label sent me their record asking if we’d be interested in working with them on it. Let me know what you think of the record”. He didn’t want to give me his opinion before I had a chance to listen to it. I listened and listened and listened to the album for days. At work, in my car, at home. Monday morning, I went into his office and let him know I was obsessed with it. At the time, we had a very small tight knit staff and he said to put it on the next CDr we pass to the label to get everyone’s opinions. I took my favorite 3 songs from the record and put them on a sampler with 3 other bands (I can’t recall exactly but some combination of Liam and Me, Race The Sun, The Audition and Tyler Read). Obviously feedback was great and the wheels were in motion. A side note to signing the band, we all went to see them in Tampa and watching Tim tell a full label staff that his email was email@example.com was a moment for the ages.
“Ideas” from Mapping An Invisible World
I don’t remember exactly which songs I put on the sampler but they were all finished tracks from Mapping An Invisible World so what did it matter? The full record is incredible. It’s just layers and layers of incredible pop rock. Very atmospheric. They didn’t sound like a lot of the bands that were out at the time and there still hasn’t been a sound exactly like it. They always reminded me of an updated and more pop version of Sunny Day Real Estate. I think a lot of people never spent the time to fully love the record. I always joked that we should have put a sticker on the front of the record that said “Listen to this record at least 5 times. Guaranteed to love or your money back”. I still think that statement rings true. When it hits you, it hits you hard. Another testament for how good it is front to back is the fact that we could never settle on what song should have a video shot for it. I can’t even recall ever doing one because we all had different favorite “singles”.
My personal favorite from the record, the closer “T. Klines Decline”. They played this song perfectly live. It had this insane groove. I can even picture Tim doing the subtle snare hits and Keith just swaying around the stage with his eyes closed.
“T. Klines Decline” from Mapping An Invisible World
Unfortunately, sales weren’t huge and people weren’t really reacting. I was very confused because it had become an all time favorite for me and many of the staff members. The band sort of fell into this weird title that I hate using but I guess it’s flattering by being called “A band’s band”. Bands were obsessed with the record. Bands would hit them up about taking them out on the road. When we put together the FBR 15th Anniversary video series in 2011, we asked all the bands on the label to name their top 5 FBR releases. Days Away ended up in the Top 5 for Paramore, fun., VersaEmerge, The Swellers and This Providence. That’s a tough feat! Watch some the bands gush over Days Away:
Like all good things, the working relationship came to an end. During that time, some of us stayed in touch with the band and they’d send us new demos every so often. The band had a little bit more of a bitter taste from the label experience as they’d send us demos under the album title “Fooled By Ramen”. Clever joke eh? I actually found this post on ap.net from Keith about it:
Just wanted to let yall know that there is no bad blood between us and FBR records.
It just wasn't the right place for Days Away.
We hope this clears up all of your questions/concerns. For those of you wanting to know all of the details, we are sorry, we cannot give them to you for legal reasons. Plus, to us, it's kind of like asking us to explain to you ALL of the details of why we broke up with our girlfriends.
Fooled By Ramen is funny
Please, check back for more posts from us because there is a lot brewing where I am...
In 2007, the band went on to self release an EP called Ear Candy For The Headphone Trippers. The EP is a great continuation of Mapping An Invisible World. A little spacier sounding, some cool experimentation with classic Days Away mixed in. Unfortunately the band didn’t stay together too much longer. Luckily Keith/Tim were not done giving music to the world as they went on to form Good Old War. I’m still a huge fan of their work they continue to put forth and I’ll always be listening. It was a great walk down memory lane to dig back into their full body of work and I’ll be spending the rest of the day enjoying some Days Away. I suggest you do the same. And if you don’t know, now you know!
“Wish” from Ear Candy For The Headphone Trippers EP
“I’m Sorry I Told You All My Problems” from Ear Candy For The Headphone Trippers EP
We've updated the Spotify playlist with 30 new songs. It's an eclectic mix of old favorites and new jams. If you are loving new bands, send us a DM on our Instagram at instagram.com/goodfutureclub and we'll add a few every week. We want to make sure to spotlight new hard working bands to give them a boost.