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just come off UK leg with We Are Augustines. How was that experience?
Do you think your bands married well together sonically?
was an incredible experience. We had toured once before with WAA in the
states and were already good friends before this tour. It made things
nice and comfortable once we got over to the UK, especially since we
were sharing a bus. I think if you listened to both of our records you
might not think it the ideal sonic pairing for a tour but if you saw one
of the gigs you would think differently. Both our bands play with an
incredible amount of heart and passion that comes through in our live
shows. In that way I think it was a great pairing for a tour.
lyrics are intensely personal at times, and tackling some very
emotional issues. Do you write from experience or did you make more
definitely write from experiences. I like to tell a story with my
songs. It can be my own story or someone else’s as long as it means
something to me. I’ve written a lot of our songs about the ins and outs
of trying to be in a relationship in your early 20’s. I’ve pulled from
my own experiences and also those of close friends of mine. I use music
as a way to get things off my chest that I feel the need to put out in
the open. It’s kind of my own little source of personal therapy. I find
it quite effective. I grew up in a strict religious environment where
“secular” music was looked down upon and disallowed in the house. When I
started writing my own music it became my escape, a way for me to say
how I felt without as much of the backlash. I think I’ve continued on
into adulthood with that same outlook and writing style.
Did you get the sense that the UK fans got what you were trying to do?
think they did. We made and met a lot of new fans. All in all it was a
great experience for us and we made loads of new friends along the way.
We are looking forward to doing it again.
hail from a Seattle, a destination famed for it’s musical heritage. How
do you think that area has influenced you? Is it still as vital and
vibrant as it was in the 90’s do you think?
It has definitely influenced me. I’ve always liked my music nice and
loud, even as a kid. Growing up in Seattle during the 90’s we were
surrounded by Seattle music. You couldn’t really turn on a rock station
without hearing Seattle bands like Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden on
constant rotation. I used to hide a little FM radio under my pillow and
listen to the local rock station until the early hours of the morning.
My teachers always wondered why I was so exhausted at school the next
day. Those bands definitely initiated my love for music. In my high
school years (early 00’s), There was a great hardcore scene in the city.
Bands like Blood Brothers, Harkonen, Botch used to play all ages shows
on a monthly basis. I would try and go to every one. I think our music
is a blend of all this music we grew up on and the classic blues, soul,
and country we have come to love. We still definitely have a louder is
better attitude though. Music in Seattle will always be a vital part of
the city and everyday life. I would say the heavier scene in the city
has lacked focus for a while but things are now changing. A couple
of record labels are coming up and really creating a community of heavier
bands in the city that there has not been in a while. It might not be
quite where it was in the early 90’s but its heading in the right
direction again. Either way it is a fantastic town for music.
of the reviews and articles I have read about you reference Jack White.
How do you feel about that comparison? Has his work informed your sound
do you think?
have always been a big fan of Jack White’s work. I think a lot of the
comparisons come from the fact that we are a two piece band with blues
influences in our music. I don’t think his work has specifically had any
influence on our sound, although I have always loved that in his live
shows he’s never been afraid to let loose and lose himself in the music.
To me that’s what it’s all about. I would say if there were any
similarities that would be the biggest.
What records were you listening to at the time of writing or tracking the record?
was a little while back but I know there was a lot of Stones, Dylan,
and Junior Kimbrough in my playlist around that time. Also was listening
to Seattle bands Helms Alee and Murder City Devils a bunch.
seem to be more and more bands coming through with a bluesy element to
their sound (rock folk hybrids too). Do you feel there is a real
movement coming through? Do you think it’s a sign of a times that people
are not only creating but relating to this music?
hope there is a movement coming through. I think it would be a
wonderful thing. It’s real music that you can feel. It brings it back to
what it’s all about. Feeling a song and relating to it.
on your album was recorded to tape, with no effects or digital
enhancing. Is it essential to you that it sounded real and raw and
matched your live performances?
that was definitely the idea we had in deciding to do our record that
way. We wanted our live show to transfer over to our record in the most
organic and warm way possible.
you have chosen not to use the likes of Pro Tools, did you put in a lot
of practice before recording? Was in nerve-wracking every-time the
record buttons was pressed? (Did it take many takes)
actually wasn’t all that bad at all. We did the whole record in a week.
The only part that really took a lot of concentration was watching our
tempo; making sure we stayed in the pocket without speeding up or
slowing down too much.
you formed My Goodness you were both in other bands. What sounds were
you making with them, and why didn’t they fulfill you enough?
actually still playing in a band called Absolute Monarchs when I’m back
home. It’s a far heavier band and is still a blast to play in. The
difference is it’s far more structured and rigid than My Goodness. With
My Goodness I feel like I can go in whatever direction I want with a
song. I can fully express myself musically which is a very liberating
What would you/do you do when you are not playing music. Are you working other jobs simultaneously like many other bands are?
stays at a friend’s house when he is home. I’m still trying to keep an
apartment in the city so I bar-tend a few days a week at a venue in town
story goes that you closed a bar one night in early 2010 and went for a
jam in a nearby practice space. What the musical chemistry instant?
Was the sound you made together that night indicative of what My
Goodness would end up producing?
was. I think we ended up structuring the majority of “C’mon Doll” and
“In the Sun” in that first session. I had already had a few basic ideas
for songs formulated on acoustic at home prior to that night. When I
started working through them with Ethan it came together pretty
When was it clear that this was the formula that would allow you to tour other areas of the world?
not until recently. We made some unfortunate decisions on who we
decided to work with when we first started out. For a while I felt like
because of that we weren’t going to ever get out of Seattle. Just in the
last few months we were able to free ourselves of that situation. It’s
been a breath of fresh air. Things have been moving fast and in the
right direction since.
Common (former drummer of These Arms are snakes) was the producer. Do
you think producers who have been in bands tend to be easier to work
with? What was the atmosphere and mood in the studio? Was it a
completely collaborative experience?
knowledge about recording to tape was extensive. That really made the
process go quickly. Also, him being a drummer was very good thing for
us. Since we are just a two piece band, the drum sounds become even that
much more important. He really spent a lot of time getting them dialed
in. I don’t really know if producers who have been in bands are easier
to work with than ones that aren’t. I’ve honestly never worked with one
that hasn’t been in a band. Although, I could see how having experience
in a band would be beneficial to communicating with an artist in the
you tell the readers a bit about your debut single C’mon Doll. What do you want it to give to
wrote the majority of C’mon Doll at home on an acoustic guitar. I was
having a lot of repeating disagreements with the girl I was in a
relationship with at the time and it was starting to feel really
redundant. Like the same shit over and over. The song is basically me
saying “Hey! Let’s stop acting like idiots and let bygones be
bygones….forget it and work shit out”. It’s really just me trying to put
things in perspective. A lot of times people let small issues become way
bigger problems. Most of the time it’s completely unnecessary and
caused by pure emotion and not a lot of thinking. I’m as guilty as the
next person of doing this.
Are you constantly writing or do you wait to do it intensively? Have you already begun thinking about the next album?
am always writing, although sometimes the creative juices are flowing a
little more than at other times. Recently it has been going great. We
have the majority of a second record already written and are quite
excited about it. We’ve been playing a few of the new songs out at shows
and they seem to be going over well.
I heard that Dave Grohl did the last Foo Fighters record to tape. I’d be pretty intrigued by that collabo.
Recently played on your ipod?
Jim Ford, “Long Road Ahead”
Stage you’d most like to play?
packed house in the back bar of the Bon Temp Roulette, New Orleans. You
can only cram about 150 people back there if you’re lucky. It’s my
happy place and I recently had a dream about it. I think we can make it
happen at some point.
Staying in bed all day
Aims for 2012?
on having fun playing music. Album is coming out in the UK by the end
of the year so we will definitely be heading back over there to tour. We
Find My Goodness online at http://www.facebook.com/MyGoodness