The State Of Music: Part 25: Washington - My Goodness

Part 25 - the halfway point. I'll be honest, I am surprised I have even made it this far - let alone be on the verge of releasing a series of State Of Music albums.

This does seem like a good point to have a little State Of Music rest, what with Christmas approaching and all. There will be a State Of Music "Special" post next week plus a couple of up and coming UK bands between now and then. So stay tuned.

So we finish 2011 with Washington and the rather brilliant band My Goodness, a great two piece from the musical metropolis that is Seattle. Check out their awesome video below, read their interview and then go seek out their album on Amazonor Itunes.

CMM: Welcome to Choose My Music. I suppose the first question is - who are My Goodness and where in the world would we find you?

We are a two person blues rock band from Seattle, Wa. I (Joel) play guitar and sing, and Ethan Jacobsen plays drums.

CMM: How long has the group been together?

We have been together for a little under two years. We played our first show in Feb 2010.

CMM: How best would you describe your music?

Our music is really just a manifestation of all the music that Ethan and I enjoy on a daily basis. Its a little heavy, a little poppy, a little dirty, a little bluesy, and hopefully a little fun to listen to. We really just try to have a good time with our music and want to share that with people.

CMM: How would you best describe the state of Washington?

Beautiful summers and drizzly winters. You definitely see all four seasons here. Although the rain is pretty constant in the fall, winter, and spring; It really isn't as bad as people make it out to be.

CMM: What is the music scene like out there right now? I imagine with Seattle on the doorstep it is always a vibrant place to be?

There are all kinds of great sounds coming out of the city right now. It really just depends on what you're into. I work at a music venue in Seattle when I'm not busy with My Goodness, so I get exposed to everything up and coming in the city. You can find a great live show here just about any night of the week. Seattle is also home to KEXP, a world wide streaming public radio station that is a huge proponent of independent bands, both locally and globally. We are super appreciative that we have them as supporters of our music and our band.

To me, Seattle will always be a city of loud, aggressive music that is constantly evolving. Recently there have been a slew of folk bands from Seattle gaining notoriety around the world.... This has been great but don't be fooled, the rock scene here is still alive and well. There are new bands such as Constant Lovers, Helms Alee and Strong Killings that our doing their thing and doing it well.

CMM: One thing I am hoping to find in this series is some kind of link between where a band is based and their music. Do you feel as an artist you are influenced by your surroundings and the scene around you?

Absolutely. Growing up in Seattle you couldn't turn on a local rock station for more than a few minutes without hearing a Seattle band (Nirvana, Soundgarden, Pearl Jam, Alice In Chains, etc.). Even though I was just a kid in the early 90's this was my first exposure to Seattle music and really set the blueprint for my future taste in Music. In high school (99-03) we had a fantastic hardcore scene in the city. I was constantly going to shows at local teen centers and all ages venues to see bands such as Botch, Murder City Devils, Blood Brothers and many more. Although I listened to other music in high school, I was always most excited about Seattle music. It always seemed a little heavier and more heartfelt than most of the other bands I listened to at the time. It was amazing growing up in a city where the local music scene was so important to people.

Overall, I really just try and play music that makes me feel good. I think due to growing up in Seattle, playing louder and harder seems to do the trick.

CMM: What other influences does the band have, musical or otherwise?

I think we have have a great deal of classic rock and blues influences in our music. We love bands such as The Sonics, The Zombies, CCR, Zeppelin.....Also are into blues artists sch as Junior Kimbrough, Son House, Blind Willie Johnson, R.L. Burnside, etc. Ethan and I have very broad tastes in music and we really do pull little bits and pieces from all of it to make up our sound.

CMM: Could you perhaps give a run down of the music you have released so far?

We released our first self-titled record this last April on local Seattle label Sarathan Records. We still have only been a band for less than two years so it all came to together in a hurry. We wrote the majority of the album in just a few months after forming and recorded the album within our first year.

CMM: Are you able to get out an play live much?. Where are your favourite places to play both in and out of state?

Playing live is what we enjoy doing the most. We try and do a Seattle show every couple months and are starting to hit the road as much as possible. There are a ton of great venues in Seattle but I'd say our favorite place to play in the city is a venue called Neumos. Its a bigger room that still manages to keep a very intimate feel and is always a great time. We have only been outside Seattle on tour a couple times but a standout venue we've played at was the Hideout in Chicago. Love that place, great staff and good vibes!

CMM: What about your worst gig? Where was it and why was it so bad?

Hmmmm....We played in a basement converted bar of a burrito joint in Monterey, Ca..... Beautiful town but it was poorly promoted and the space left a lot to be desired. On top of that, it was our first tour and there was no local support on the bill. Luckily, Ethan had relatives that came up from out of town to see us and vacation there for a couple days. They got their own private My Goodness show. I think I also broke strings on both my guitars. It was a bummer night but we still salvaged it by having a good time hanging with the relatives.

CMM: What's next in the pipeline for My Goodness?

Mostly looking forward to 2012! Our record will finally be coming out on vinyl on Jan 31st. We are doing a limited run of 500 red vinyls with a black marble finish. We also are now being represented by High Road Touring and are excited to hit the road in 2012 under their direction. Most likely we will be doing SXSW in Austin, TX and as many other festivals as we can. Hopefully will be able to make it to the UK in 2012 as well. Until then, we are currently working on our second record. We should be ready to be back in the studio in the spring.

CMM: And finally, where can people reach out to you online and where can they get hold of your stuff?

You can reach us at www.mygoodnesslovesyou.com. Through the website there are links to all social networking sites, contact emails, and you can stream our music. The hard copy of our record is available at all CIMS record stores across the United States and also via Amazon.com. Anyone anywhere can purchase the record digitally through Itunes.

Thanks to Austen Holman at Departure Artist Management and Eric Sanderson of We Are Augustines for helping to set this interview up


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