In 1995, GOOD RIDDANCE burst onto the international punk scene with their FAT WRECK CHORDS debut album FOR GOD & COUNTRY. The quartet, hailing from SANTA CRUZ, CA, immediately set out on a non-stop schedule of touring including a stint on the first ever FAT WRECK CHORDS TOUR, the first ever WARPED TOUR and a European tour supporting friends and label mates NO USE FOR A NAME.
After replacing original drummer Rich McDermott with Sean Sellers and returning from a co-headlining European tour with fellow FAT WRECK CHORDS act TILT, the band began work on their second album in early 1996 and, later that year, FAT WRECK CHORDS released A COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE TO MODERNE REBELLION. A portion of the proceeds from each record sold was donated to various social causes. GOOD RIDDANCE supported DOWN BY LAW in North America and NOFX in Europe as well as several headlining runs.
In July of 1997 GOOD RIDDANCE toured Japan for the first time supporting label mates HI-STANDARD and then headlined their own North American tour for the remainder of the summer where, once again, they stayed true to their ideals inviting local FOOD NOT BOMBS chapters to table all of their shows and lowering the door prices for people who brought canned foods for local food banks.
1998's BALLADS FROM THE REVOLUTION took the quintessential GOOD RIDDANCE sound and improved upon it. The band teamed up with AFI for a massive European tour followed by an extensive North American run and also toured Australia and New Zealand for the first time supporting SICK OF IT ALL.
In 1999 GOOD RIDDANCE decided to make a change by putting the production duties in the capable hands of producers BILL STEVENSON and STEPHEN EGERTON at the Blasting Room studio in Fort Collins, CO. The band emerged with OPERATION PHOENIX, by far their darkest, most aggressive work to date.
In late 1999 long time drummer Sean Sellers left the band and, while they searched for a permanent replacement, GOOD RIDDANCE enlisted their friend Dave Raun (RKL, LAGWAGON) to record their first EP, THE PHENOMENON OF CRAVING, which produced GOOD RIDDANCE's first music video (for the song "ONE FOR THE BRAVES"). The rest of 2000 was spent co-headling the North American FAT WRECK CHORDS TOUR with NO USE FOR A NAME, joining Europe's DECONSTRUCTION TOUR, and winding up with a main stage slot on the entire 2000 VAN'S WARPED TOUR. In the fall David Wagenschutz (LIFETIME, KID DYNAMITE) joined full-time on drums.
With David Wagenschutz now in the mix, GOOD RIDDANCE quickly began work on their next full length album and, in the winter of 2000-01 the band recorded SYMPTOMS OF A LEVELING SPIRIT, filmed a video for the song "YESTERDAY'S HEADLINES" and struck out on their typically ambitious touring schedule.
As the business of adult life began to affect their formerly busy touring schedule, GOOD RIDDANCE refused to let it deter their quest for an even better album and, in 2003, the band sequestered themselves at The Blasting Room and with the help of BILL STEVENSON and JASON LIVERMORE. The band played several shows on both coasts of North America and stretched their touring schedule into 2004 with a European tour (the first ever sponsored by PETA2) and also returned to Australia and New Zealand.
The band spent the summer of 2005 touring eastern Canada as well as the West Coast of California. In the fall the band began writing material for their 8th full length album which culminated in early 2006 with MY REPUBLIC which is full of vocalist/songwriter Russ Rankin's social commentary and melodic personal refrains.
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