Islands, the new EP from Seattle’s My Goodness, illustrates a major sonic leap for the band. Formed by Seattleites Joel Schneider and Andy Lum after a chance encounter at SXSW, My Goodness has made considerable strides since recording the rocking, bluesy 2014 LP Shiver & Shake live in the studio with Rick Parashar (Pearl Jam, Alice In Chains, Blind Melon). Then, Lum says, “our live show was almost identical to the album experience, whereas now we’re adding a ton of energy and expanding the sound of the new songs when we play them on stage.” This increased creative capacity is due, in part, to the addition of Duke Evers members Kyle Veazey and Josh Starkel to the core duo of Schneider and Lum. “It’s really rewarding when you make music with people that have different influences and style; you’re always learning.”
The title track is built on a bedrock of pounding drums, minimal keyboards, and subtly developing vocal melody. “Joel and I approached this EP with the goal of creating a much more dynamic listening experience,” Lum says. “In the past we’ve drawn most of our creative energy from volume, which is a lot of fun, but doesn’t leave a lot of room to grow. We basically explored ways we could strip away some of those aggressive elements without losing any musical intensity.” The EP also includes the rocking “New Blood” and a large, expansive rendition of Tom Petty‘s classic “You Don’t Know How It Feels” that slows the original to a glacial pace.
“Where there used to be heavily applied vibrato and scream [in Schneider’s vocals], there is now a melodious clarity of tone.” -Seattle Music News
“My Goodness seems to specialize in the liberation of indie rock… Impenitent and self-assured, the melodies created by My Goodness leave an indelible impression.” -New Noise Magazine
RIYL: Rogue Wave, The Helio Sequence, The Arctic Monkeys, Matt Pond PA, Hanni El Khatib, The Orwells
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