“It is impossible to deny no one sounds like Eddy Current. I was hooked from riff one and I was lucky enough to do a full tour of Australia with them years ago—good fucking boys, simple as beer and chips, and that satisfying live. But that’s not to say there aren’t odd complexities to their definitive sound.
“You can smell Mikey Young’s guitar approach like Sasquatch rustling the bushes, every time you think you see the bend ahead, you go into a tunnel or backtrack for a moment, then back to a nice place you can call home. Rob [Solid]’s bass is pub-fuzz groove. It’s shells-on-the-floor and leaning-against-the wall-with-one-hand-while-you-have-a-piss thinking: maybe you can take that guy? Only one way to find out— oh wait, he’s smiling…nice bloke! Danny [Young]’s drums are a clinic in reservedness: 4-on-the-floor. This guy’s Charlie Watts in the looking glass, every hit a necessity—solid, not flashy, like the lead street tough in a ‘70s flick. He don’t say much, but it counts. And then there is Brendan [Huntley], be-gloved lead mensch in this quartet. Singing with earnest street poet confidence, his message coming in on the weird-wire, hard to describe, best to just listen and see: a pub-punk-priest.
“We are very pleased to have these boys back on the streets. It had been far too long.” —John Dwyer
Our take: If you care, you already know that Eddy Current Suppression Ring ended a lengthy hiatus by releasing a brand new album with very little advance notice. They’ve reached the point in their career where their records get dissected by Pitchfork, so I don’t need to yammer on about All in Good Time too much, but I thought I’d throw in my two cents as a longtime fan. While there isn’t a great pop song like “Which Way to Go” or “Memory Lane” here, it’s still a top-notch album that should please anyone who’s into Eddy Current beyond their “hits.” One thing I love most about this band is how they find these gentle, lazy grooves and ride them into the sunset, hanging on riffs and grooves for way longer than most bands would without ever sounding repetitive. If that’s an aspect of Eddy Current’s music that you love, All in Good Time is a record for you. This isn’t a record I’d throw on at a party, but it’s a record that I’ve already spent several quiet evenings on the couch with, sometimes giving it my full attention and sometimes letting it wash over me as I read a book or do the dishes. It’s not background music, and while it doesn’t beg for your attention, it rewards it. So, that’s my piece… I’m thankful that All in Good Time exists.