Good Shoes, ‘Think Before You Speak’ (Brille)
If Arctic Monkeys’ sturdy, acutely British version of punk evokes rows of brick council houses, then Good Shoes’ thin and light variation calls to mind a quickly assembled movie set of the same. Instead of dirty distortion, there’s a cleanliness to the intertwining, treble-happy guitars that buoys singer Rhys Jones’ romance-weary lyrics. No attachments, nothing lasts, next tune, please. Accordingly, the flimsiest singsong melodies don’t stick, but “Morden” — a pained condemnation of suburban London blight that’s packed with poignant detail — suggests the Shoes’ goodness could someday become greatness.