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A Good Year To Forget
Joey Cape A Good Year To Forget Punk Rock Theory
Thursday, August 12, 2021 - 08:26
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- by Nick Metherell

Prolific songwriter and Lagwagon frontman, Joey Cape, posts his own entry into the lockdown record canon. Where 2019’s excellent Let Me Know When You Give Up was chock full of guest vocalists and instrumentalists, A Good Year To Forget is 100% Cape, recorded in isolation in a makeshift home studio which also doubled as his bedroom during lockdown.  Whilst a lot more stripped down than his previous release, he manages to turn his hand to piano, mandolin and drums in addition to electric and steel guitar, so this is by no means an acoustic record.  With everything going on musically, ...Give Up felt like it could have been a Bad Astronaut record at times but the feel this time is definitely more “solo record”.

Joey has had about a decade’s worth of heartache to contend with over the past 12 months, dealing with separating from his wife and moving back home along with losing his father and contracting covid.  These events understandably influence the themes and mood of A Good Year To Forget, which serves up 12 beautifully crafted and poignant tunes.  Particular stand out tracks so far are It Could Be Real, We Might Be Wrong and Come Home however the album really deserves to be experienced in its entirety as the feel and tempo ebbs and flows from song to song.

This isn’t necessarily the record I was anticipating, especially having enjoyed the direction his previous outing had taken, but the quality and musicianship are top notch as you would expect and A Good Year To Forget certainly deserves your attention.


A Good Year To Forget tracklist:

  1. A Good Year To Forget
  2. Nickel and Lead
  3. The Poetry In Our Mistakes
  4. It Could Be Real
  5. Check Your Ego At The Door
  6. We Might Be Wrong
  7. Saturday Night Fever
  8. Under the Doormat
  9. Infertile Ground
  10. Heavy Lies the Head
  11. Fictional
  12. Come Home
Tom Dumarey
Tom Dumarey

Lacking the talent to actually play in a band, Tom decided he would write about bands instead. Turns out his writing skills are mediocre at best as well.