Flint, Michigan, has taken quite a beating in the press the last few years, but the music being created within the city limits is another story altogether. Baggage, a band fronted by Jonathan Diener (formerly of The Swellers), has just released a new EP that should be an immediate addition to your daily listening. In fact, we’ll go as far as to say it is among the best EPs we have heard all year, and you can make it yours today for any amount you are willing to pay.

The Good That Never Comes is a three song EP that boasts the biggest and most well-rounded material the members of Baggage have shared to date. The music toes the line between classic punk and pop punk aesthetics with a level of skill that can only come from years of music creation. Baggage recognize they are growing up in a world that is unlike anything they remember from their youth, and they have channeled their personal evolution through song in a way that feels immediately accessible, yet undeniably intimate. Every note and word feels personal, and that might be why it all sounds so damn good. You can experience the record in full below:

As mentioned above, this release is listed as pay what you want. A message from the band regarding that decision reads:

This release is a PAY WHAT YOU WANT download and ALL of the money from this month is going directly into getting toiletries for Flint Water Crisis victims. At the end of the month we’ll be taking the money and shopping for the most cost effective way to fill our van with goods and dropping it off to the Bethel United Methodist Church in Flint where they have a donation station for residents. The money won’t be going to some organization that has millions of dollars saved up, this is going directly to a cause where we know it will be taken care of.

Thank you for supporting our band. We hope you enjoy the songs. As always, we hope what we do inspires you to do the same. Together we can make a difference.

Treat people like people again.
-Jonathan / Baggage

Diener was recently a guest on a Substream sponsored episode of Inside Music, a podcast about life in the entertainment business. Listen below: