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Boomkat Product Review:
Mordon band Good Shoes made a great first impression back in 2007 when their debut album Think Before You Speak shot them to widespread critical acclaim. Since then they've toured alongside some of the UK's biggest indie rock headliners, and are poised to take the next step up the career ladder with sophomore album, No Hope, No Future. Given that their first full-length was such a lean and well formed exercise in teenage angst and punk-pop urgency, this new offering marks an interesting fork in the road for the group: would they be content to continue in a similar vein or is there a radical departure in store? Well, on the strength of the zippy opening track 'Way My Heart Beats' it would appear that Good Shoes are in no hurry to strive for reinvention, instead there's evidence of a refinement of what's come before and certainly a heightened intensity. As openers go this one spends no time messing around and deploys a serving high-impact hooks, something neatly continued by the post-Britpop serrated guitars of 'I Know'. Arriving at track four we're greeted by 'Under Control', a rare foray into danceable punk-funk whose introductory riffs bring to mind Foals' 'Hummer' in a fairly big way. This sound suits Good Shoes rather nicely, but they never take the extra step and embrace electronics, instead remaining faithful to their slashy, interlocking, clean guitar constitution. Here in 2010 this uncomplicated yet conscientiously constructed format actually helps them stand out from the assembly of electro-influenced bands lining up to soak up column inches, and singer Rhys Jones certainly plays his part, effusing heartfelt and attention-holding lyrics. Although possibly not quite as instantly gratifying as its predecessor, No Hope, No Future doesn't take long to prove itself as a more mature and rewarding work.