Posts Tagged ‘Goon’

To say that sinus woes suck would be a serious understatement: Your senses grow dull, your eyes throb with pain, and your whole noggin begins to feel like a fruit-gusher candy getting slowly crushed between two steel plates at any given moment. At least there’s a silver lining to all that snot; not only does the sickness eventually end — at least for a time — it might just inspire you to make a kickass album. Los Angeles grunge-gaze band Goon have done just that with their debut record, “Heaven Is Humming”, which mastermind Kenny Becker wrote while battling a chronic sinus condition. Rather than snuffle and lament, the musician sought inspiration from the good days. “I find encouragement in the fact that I’m able to be productive in the times that I’m not sick,” he said in a press release. “People like to romanticize the periods in which, for example, someone like Van Gogh was suffering, but it was actually because he was sick that he would go outside, and see a cherry-blossom tree, and be struck by its beauty.”

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Heaven is Humming has been a long time coming. Three years coming, to be exact: singer/guitarist/songwriter Kenny Becker, singer/guitarist Drew Eccleston, bassist Caleb Wicker, and drummer Christian Koons started work on the album in the summer of 2016, right around the time Goon’s debut EP Dusk of Punk came ripping in from the Los Angeles sky, spilling from the brim with monster riffs and deep hooks.

Heaven Is Humming, then, is the rare example of a grunge album that isn’t mired in the artist’s despair, but rather his perseverance in the face of the fever dream. The noise-rock malaise hanging poison cloud-like over the record’s two heaviest cuts, “Datura” and “Deny,” along with Becker’s tension-laden yelps throughout, proves that journey as anything but easy, but chill vibes win out in the end. Tracks like “CCLL” and “Northern Saturn” run a little harsh, a little hazy, and a little high: just the way I like my rock.

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Heaven is Humming has been a long time coming. Three years coming, to be exact: singer/guitarist/songwriter Kenny Becker, singer/guitarist Drew Eccleston, bassist Caleb Wicker, and drummer Christian Koons started work on the album in the summer of 2016, right around the time Goon’s debut EP Dusk of Punk came ripping in from the Los Angeles sky, spilling from the brim with monster riffs and deep hooks.

Heaven is Humming is fearlessly weird, but it’s also comforting and familiar at the same time, taking the sounds of foundational groups like Pixies and Boards of Canada and contextualising them through a modern lens, placing Goon alongside contemporaries like Forth Wanderers, METZ, Young Jesus, and Partisan label-mates Dilly Dally. Becker croons like Michael Stipe one minute and snarls like Frank Black the next, but you never lose the sense of who these four guys are making a beautiful racket right in the here and now.

releases July 19th, 2019

With only two EPs and some stray singles, grungy LA four-piece Goon have garnered a devoted fanbase and compelling sound. They released Happy Omen back in 2017, following their debut EP Dusk Of Punk the previous year. Goon have now shared a new single, “Datura” and a glitched out, saturated Vinyl Williams-directed music video.

“Datura” is heavier than Goon’s classic ’90s-indebted rock, but preserves their lo-fi fuzz. “This song isn’t really about any one thing. It touches a lot of different weird ideas,” singer and guitarist Kenny Becker says in a statement.

The original melodic idea for the song was just to make a tune that had a chorus with a bass line that revolved around three notes, only half-steps apart. The rest of the song moves around quite a bit and I’ve always really liked that contrast.

I wanted to have the chorus never use any repeating phrases, which led to stream-of-consciousness style lyrics. Because of that, this song isn’t really about any one thing. It touches a lot of different weird ideas. Like datura flowers that grew in the canyon near the house that I grew up in, or questioning the effectiveness of praying for god to take away stomach pain of an old friend.

“The original melodic idea for the song was just to make a tune that had a chorus with a bass line that revolved around three notes, only half-steps apart. The rest of the song moves around quite a bit and I’ve always really liked that contrast.

I wanted to have the chorus never use any repeating phrases, which led to sorta stream-of-consciousness style lyrics. Because of that, this song isn’t really about any one thing. It sorta touches a lot of different weird ideas. Like datura flowers that grew in the canyon near the house that I grew up in, or questioning the effectiveness of praying for god to take away stomach pain of an old friend.”

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Band Members
Kenny Becker , Drew Eccleston, Christian Koons, Caleb Wicker

released March 21st, 2019

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Regret’s is the worst thing ever? If you’re not careful, that shoulda-woulda-coulda will eat you alive, or at the very least, make you lose your mind for a bit . Goon’s Kenny Becker knows all about that, as detailed in the band’s tops new standalone track “Enter Bethel Admissions,” .

Though the track’s title is just a play on the song’s E-B-A chord progression, its lyrics delve into the madness of missed opportunities and past mistakes. Couched in the LA outfit’s signature scuzzy shimmer and Becker’s alternately lackadaisical and pleading vocals, it’s ultimately uplifting—both heartbreaking and gentle as Becker sings, “I won’t beat up myself, about it…I wanna show my tremor.” It’s less an affirmation than a Hail Mary.

Here’s what Becker said about the tune, which lands alongside the Partisan re-release of LA grunge-gaze outfit’s Dusk of Punk/Happy Omen double EP today.

I was dealing with this intense regret that used to come up a lot. It was usually centered around this girl from college that I botched things with before they even began. Actually it’s the same girl that also inspired a couple tunes from our upcoming LP. It was a crazy type of regret, I kinda thought my brain was broken sometimes. It seemed like every day I could very tangibly feel my life going further and further down some wrong path because I missed a crucial opportunity with her that I was “meant” to take years earlier. I’m happy to say that I’m now very over it, but it fucked me up good for a while.

So with all that in mind, I made Enter Bethel Admissions as sort of pleading with myself to not get down on myself for any of that stuff. However, despite my desire to not cause myself harm for things that are out of my control or are in the unchangable past, I still very much end up seeking that harm in other ways, which is the desire for a metaphorical “tremor” in the choruses.

Band Members
kenny becker + drew eccleston + christian koons + caleb wicker

These guys opened for Dilly Dally a while ago and they definitely caught everyone’s  attention. This is a kickass collection of Alternative/Grunge  out of Los Angeles that sounds as if it teleported straight from the early 90’s. It’s unique while sounding so familiar at the same time, and catchy in all the right places. I love this EP. Can’t wait to hear more from Goon! , Everything written, performed, recorded, mixed, kinda-mastered and painted by Kenny Becker. Dusk of Punk, the sludgy, twangy, grunge-addled debut EP by his band Goon. Except for Gay Rage and Merchant Hall in which Caleb Wicker played that br00tal lead guitar and heavily aided in the recording process. Also Teddy Bresson sings (beautifully) on Merchant Hall.

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The six-song output, which drops September 16th, marks a sincere exploration of their sound’s malleable boundaries, from drop tunings to drum machines—not just for listeners, but for Becker as well, due to a medical condition that periodically impairs half of his senses—a bit of an undertaking for someone who has played music his whole life.

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Tobias Jesso Jr. told us how he’d made a conscious decision to tour his music alone, so his audience could decide whether they liked the tracks for what they were or not, and not be distracted by the cool guitarist, or whatever. He wanted to present his debut album, ‘Goon’, in its raw state. A lot have people have taken it, and so now the Canadian pianist has booked his first tour with a full band in November in the UK.

Tue. 11/24 – Brighton, UK – Concorde 2
Wed. 11/25 – London, UK – Shepherds Bush Empire
Fri. 11/27 – Bristol, UK – Thekla
Sat. 11/28 – Nottingham, UK – Rescue Rooms
Sun. 11/29 – Manchester, UK – The Ritz
Wed. 12/2 – Leeds, UK – Burdenell Social Club
Fri. 12/4 – Dublin, Ireland – Button Factory

Preceding that is this fleshed out version of ‘Without You’, which now includes a string section, inspired by Tobias’ performance on the Conan O’Brien show. The track is being release on a limited 7″ by True Panther Sound, backed by non-album track ‘True Love’. From the new double-A side single “True Love”/”Without You (Alternate Version)”

Of the new alternative version of ‘Without You’, he says:

“The first time I heard a string section on “Without You” was when I played the song on Conan. Me and Ariel [Rechtshaid], who produced the song, both had strings in mind when we originally recorded, but weren’t able to put them on the album due to time and budget constraints. I’ve never been a big fan of alternate versions, but I’ve made an exception this time, simply because it’s hard for me to hear the song any differently since that performance.”

Tobias Jesso Jr performs “Without You” on Later… with Jools Holland, BBC Two (5th May 2015)

In the past few months, the young piano man Tobias Jesso Jr. has made impressive appearances on The Tonight Show and Conan, and now he’s ready to take on TV shows elsewhere in the world. Jesso Jnr was a guest on the most recent episode of the BBC’s live-music show Later… With Jools Holland, where he played an entirely-solo version of “Without You,” the heart-squashed piano ballad from his very good debut album Goon. It was a lovely, spare rendition of the song, and Jesso Jnr made some truly intense piano-faces while he was singing it.

 

Tobias Jesso Jr.‘s debut album Goon comes out March 17th.  Following the previously-shared tracks “How Could You Babe”, “Hollywood”“Bad Words”, he’s offered up another album cut, “Without You”, which features Danielle Haim of Haim on drums. Ariel Rechtshaid produced.  he performed “Without You” in a La Blogothèque session

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Tobias Jesso Jr: Meet the new king of heartbreaking melody. When Los Angeles based Tobias first uploaded his demo track ‘Just A Dream’ in August 2013, we hailed it as coming from the same school as Harry Nilsson, John Lennon and Elton John. Tender, heartfelt and true, it’s safe to say that his forthcoming debut album, ‘Goon’ will become one of the year’s most acclaimed.
albums for sure , catch hime at some UK festivals this summer.

“How Could You Babe” from the debut album “Goon” out March 16/17th, the more varied production he’s bringing to the table on tracks like this and ‘Hollywood’ without losing the distinct piano-ballad style that drew me in to begin with. The vocal performance he gives on this track is kind of incendiary for Tobias. Plus, the fuzzy, aged-film aesthetic to this music video is completely his.. all I can say is that his album is going to be amazing from what I heard!!! This guy’s voice is phenomenal!