Photo cred: Amayah Harrison

We’re stoked on this week’s release from a San Francisco pop-punk favorite. EP Good Cry arrives this Friday from queer indie artist Maggie Gently, the solo project of Maggie Grabmeier (formerly of The Total Bettys). “The songs on Good Cry were written during the dark winter days in the middle of a painful friend breakup,” shares Grabmeier. “Good Cry became an album of processing doubt, learning to trust yourself, and eventually seeing a glimmer of a future where things are OK. The songs on this album became healing affirmations that you can be a thoughtful, forgiving person while still establishing boundaries and protecting your heart.”

We feel that. The songs have a spunky sad power punk vibe, with cute vocals and a refreshing sincerity. “Alive” has a little kiss of the 90’s and a stuck-in-yer-head chorus we’re down for. Those Green Day-feeling drums are addictive (and played by Maggie’s brother, Joey Grabmeier). “’Alive’ is about the weird feeling of being free from a toxic situation, and wondering what it taught you and how it changed you,” shares Grabmeier. “It’s about seeing yourself on the other side of a tough situation and not completely recognizing who you’ve become. It’s also loosely based off the tarot card The Fool.”

Well as the great Nicholas Cage once said, “High praise.”

Good Cry arrives May 29 on Brace Cove Records. Songs were engineered by Grace Coleman at San Francisco’s El Studio and produced by Eva Treadway (The She’s, Pllush), who also played lead guitar on the tracks. Special shout out to track “Normal” for that beautiful hook. Check out Good Cry this Friday and have a good jam.