The Goodboy Suit – Within Walls Without Windows

The Goodboy Suit
Within Walls Without Windows

I’m quite familiar with this band as they were from the Milwaukee, WI area – a place that I once referenced as home. I knew a couple of members from the band as well but it was more along the lines of acquaintances more than anything else. During their brief stint as an active band, they made quite a name for themselves in the Milwaukee and surrounding areas with their intensely heavy and passionate live shows. Currently, the band is defunct .
In order to know the whole story behind the band you’ll have to reference another famous Milwaukee, WI band, Managra. These guys were legends within the area and influenced countless individuals to play a similar brand of heavy-hitting and off-kilter music. There are even rumors that they greatly influenced At the Drive-In while playing a huge fest in Texas. While countless bands attempted to be Managras in their own right, few had the musicianship and power to achieve any widespread success. This is where the Goodboy Suit comes into the story. Incorporating an ex-member of Managra into their band in combination with folks from the smaller bands Bauer and Died in His Suit. The results were spectacular and the foursome was able to create music that forces itself upon the listener in a dramatic way, pounding itself furiously into one’s soul – hitting you with darkened melodic instrumentation and deeply clever lyrics.
This album starts out with the powerful “End Sequence,” combining high-end droned bass with intricate drumming and mid-tempo distorted guitars. George Bregar’s voice is what really provides the distinguishing elements of the band. His passionate vocals and furiously executed screams stand out considerably more so than with others in the same genre. The song, which is best played at loud volume, remains highly memorable and warrants repeated listens. “Fashion Before Function” is also quite heavy but provides a high level of intricacy with its guitars meandering in a highly distorted environment. George’s vocals are top notch and remain quite unique; I can’t find anyone to make a direct comparison to his voice. The song continues with those dark and heavy chords being slammed away while the drummer pounds furiously away at his set.
“Product to Press” is the best song on the record by far. The lead guitar part is full of hammer-ons and pull-offs and makes for one hell of a memorable melodic guitar line. The rest of the band weave nicely within this tapestry, making for the perfect accompaniment. Again, it is Bregar’s voice that keeps things both interesting and unique. “The Day Before” is considerably darker than the rest of the songs and provides slower, more introspective moments akin to bands like Abilene to provide additional tension and release. “Platform” ends things nicely with an intricate instrumental track that features Bregar’s girlfriend Rachel Rogness playing a magnificent viola intertwining melody. The song ends in an almost beautiful and epic manner, making the perfect conclusion to an impressive record. Within Walls Without Windows is a wonderful CD, and while the band hasn’t been playing together in over a year, the album stands as both a testament and time capsule of four musicians that were able to create something quite powerful and relatively unique. Adding this precious yet unknown gem into your music collection will provide just the right amount of enjoyment and cathartic release.