|Good Old War – Come Back As Rain [Deluxe Version] (2012)|
Good Old War – Come Back As Rain [Deluxe Version]
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Album release: March 6, 2012
Record Label: Sargent House
Members: Keith Goodwin, Dan Schwartz, Tim Arnold
Press: Sue Marcus at Stunt Company () / Website: http://goodoldwar.com/ /// Good Old War “Come Back As Rain” (Sargent House)
Release Date: March 6th, 2012
Keith GOODwin – Vocals/Guitar/Keyboard
Tim ArnOLD – Vocals/drums/Accordion
Dan SchWARtz – Vocals/Guitar
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“… songs filled with tight harmonies, jangly guitars, and
memorable, country tingedmelodies.” - ROLLING STONE
“Topped by flawless vocal harmonies, the trio’s breezy, spirited
music is a throwback to the best folk rock of the late 1960s and
early ‘70s” - THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
“Exquisite harmonies, upbeat instrumentation, and honest,
youthful lyricism.” - NPR
“…pairs the classy, Americana sensibilities of ColdWar Kids
with the Format’s pretty harmonies.” - SPIN
“The songwriting is sharp and sophisticated. But themain draw
is the accomplished, absolutely stunning vocal harmonies…” - PHILADELPHIA WEEKLY ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
¶ Over the past three years, indie-folk trio Good Old War has captivated countless audiences with their acoustic-driven, sing-along-inspiring live performances. Now, with the release of their third full-length record Come Back as Rain (out March 6th, 2012 on Sargent House), the Philadelphia-based band harnesses the high-spirited simplicity that makes their shows so unforgettable. Like Only Way To Be Alone (Good Old War’s 2008 debut) and their 2010 self-titled sophomore effort, Come Back as Rain showcases the delicately textured melodies and multipart harmonies that have become the band’s signature. Once again revealing their penchant for infectious folk-pop, Good Old War this time sharpens their sound by infusing Come Back as Rain with the same joyful passion they’ve ceaselessly brought to the stage.
¶ Recorded in spring 2011 at Another Recording Company (the Omaha studio owned by Mike Mogis from Bright Eyes), Come Back as Rain finds the band reuniting with producer Jason Cupp. Despite taking to a far less rustic environment than they did for their last release (an album largely created in a cabin in the Pocono Mountains), Good Old War managed to delve far deeper into the rootsy, organic sound they’ve carefully cultivated since forming from the ashes of Philadelphia indie-rock act Days Away. “When we play live, it’s really natural and energetic and in your face,” says guitarist/vocalist Dan Schwartz, who co-founded Good Old War in 2008 with Keith Goodwin (on vocals, guitar, and keys) and Tim Arnold (on drums, keys, accordion, and vocals). “With the new record we’ve found a way to capture that live feel like never before. So even though this one’s got some heavier material, there’s still something upbeat and joyous there.”
¶ Indeed, a bittersweet spirit instills much of Come Back as Rain, a record whose songs were partly inspired by “that longing for home that happens when you’re away all the time,” according to Goodwin. It’s a rare band that can make a refrain like “I might be present for the end of the world” sound sunny and cheerful (as on the album’s closing track), but Good Old War’s gently uptempo rhythms and high harmonies have an uncanny way of maintaining a bright and buoyant mood without ever coming off as cloying. From the lead-off single “Calling Me Names” (a lovesick kiss-off laced with intricate guitar hooks) to “Better Weather” (a clap-along-worthy paean to embracing optimism against all odds) to “It Hurts Every Time” (a steel-guitar-kissed footstomper about an endlessly disappearing lover), Good Old War seems sweetly devoted to keeping the faith in the face of heartache. One of the most heart-tuggingly hopeful songs on Come Back as Rain, the epic yet ethereal “Amazing Eyes” blends soaring vocals with gracefully strummed guitars and warm piano chords to stunning effect.
¶ From start to finish, Come Back as Rain bears a rousing intensity that will certainly be familiar to anyone who’s witnessed their live show. Thanks to crowd-ruling sets delivered while opening for the likes of Alison Krauss, Dr. Dog, Guster, Brandi Carlile, Joshua Radin, Gomez, and Xavier Rudd, the band garnered a considerable following that helped their second record to debut at #2 on Billboard’s New Artist chart (as well as climb to the top slot on Amazon.com and on iTunes’ Singer/Songwriter chart). Last spring, Good Old War widened that fan base by giving a much-talked-about performance at the 2011 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. “We were playing first on Sunday, at about 11 in the morning,” Goodwin recalls. “On the way there we were thinking, ‘Aww, man—I hope people show up.’ And then we started playing and we looked out into the crowd, and it’s pretty packed and everyone just seemed pumped.”
¶ In addition to honing those increasingly famed performance chops, Good Old War continually refines their sound by exploring a dizzying range of music genres. “Tim listens to a ton of electronic music, and Keith is really into composers like Cole Porter,” says Schwartz. “I’m more of a classic-rock guy, but we’ve all got an affinity for bands with a really strong focus on melodies, like the Beach Boys, the Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, and Crosby, Stills and Nash.” But despite the diversity of influences on their songwriting, Good Old War purposely kept performances stripped-down and studio-flourish-free on Come Back as Rain. “For us, one of the most important things about the band is we can walk into any room and perform all our songs with only our voices and guitars,” says Schwartz. “And even though it’s acoustic, it’s not your typical folky kind of act—we’re here to make people dance and feel good and just have a really fun time.” Author: Nick Arciero / Los Angeles 2011
¶ A group formed in the off time (that is to say, hiatus) of the band Days Away, Good Old War — named from a selection of “parts” of its members’ names — was launched by Days Away’s Keith Goodwin and Tim Arnold. Joined by Daniel Schwartz of Unlikely Cowboy, band recorded their debut album in May 2008 in Los Angeles, and on 2010 released their self-titled second album.
¶ Good Old War will release their third full-length album Come Back as Rain on March 6, 2012. The album was recorded last spring in Mike Mogis’ (Bright Eyes, Cursive) Omaha, Neb. studio and was produced by Jason Cupp.
The album will be the band’s first since their self-titled effort in 2010. Vocalist, guitarist and keyboardist Keith Goodwin said the album was inspired by “that longing for home that happens when you’re away all the time.”
¶ According to guitarist, vocalist and Good Old War co-founder Dan Schwartz, the album does a great job of capturing the band’s onstage energy.
¶ “When we play live, it’s really natural and energetic and in your face,” Schwartz said. ¶ “With the new record we’ve found a way to capture that live feel like never before. So even though this one’s got some heavier material, there’s still something upbeat and joyous there.”
01. Over and Over [3:12]
02. Calling Me Names [3:50]
03. Amazing Eyes [3:43]
04. Better Weather [3:32]
05. Can’t Go Home [03:00]
06. Not Quite Happiness [2:48]
07. Touch the Clouds (Taste the Ground) [4:22]
08. It Hurts Every Time [2:45]
09. After the Party [3:07]
10. Loud Love [4:15]
11. Present for the End of the World [3:11]
12. Close to Honesty (Bonus Track) [3:52]
13. Lost at Sea (Bonus Track) [2:46]
14. Take It Slow (Bonus Track) [4:06]
15. Amazing Eyes [Live from the Glassroom] (Bonus Track) [3:54]
Review By Mike Berick March 5th, 2012 at 6:42 pm:
¶ There’s a pure simplicity to Good Old War’s music that’s hard to resist. The band builds its lovely acoustic-based music out of gorgeous harmonies, gently-played guitars and light percussion.
¶ The opening track offers a perfect example of what Good Old War does so well. “Over and Over” serves up airy vocals, strummy acoustic guitars and the pattering of percussions. Even though the song is about a failing relationship, there is such a vitality to the performances that the tune seems like an upbeat number. The trio of Keith Goodwin, Tim Arnold and Daniel Schwartz (who use parts of their surnames to form the band’s name) achieves this winning blend of catchy, harmony-rich acoustic music numerous times throughout this disc. “Calling Me Names,” for instance, is a hooky slice of folk pop, while the twangy “It Hurts Every Time” rates as another stand out.
¶ The group has drawn some comparisons to Simon and Garfunkel and Crosby, Still, Nash and Young and traces of the former can be heard in “Can’t Go Home” and the latter in “Better Weather.” Good Old War’s music also holds elements of English folk-rock (“It Hurts Every Times” recalls Del Amitri) and Australian/New Zealand bands like Paul Kelly and Crowded House (“Loud Love”). Their sound occasionally does get a bit too soft. “Amazing Eyes” conjures up memories of the overly laidback ’70 country-pop band Firefall and the tune also reveals the trio’s tendency to sometimes repeat lyrics. The album’s closer “Present At The End Of The World,” on the other hand, wraps up the album on a high note, ranking as the most exuberant vision of the apocalypse since R.E.M.’s “It’s The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine).”
With this impressive album of wonderfully melodic music, the band joins the growing ranks of harmony-based folk-rock outfits like the Fleet Foxes and the Civil Wars.
|Good Old War – Come Back As Rain [Deluxe Version] (2012)|