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What I Learned at Bandcamp: My Goodness

My Goodness, Bandcamp, Interview

Seattle-based blues rock group My Goodness formed just over a year ago and is embarking on its first national tour in support of Augustines this month. The duo, comprised of Andy Lum and Joel Schneider, recently added Cody Votolato on bass and is currently working on its debut album, Shiver + Shake, due out June 24.

On Feb. 15, My Goodness will stop in Phoenix at Crescent Ballroom with Augustines, Hospitality and Air Waves, tickets are available for $12 through Ticketfly.

Below, read The Spec‘s interview with Andy Lum and listen to tracks from a live album released in May 2013…

How long have you been making music?
My Goodness has been in its current form for just over a year now, but we’ve all been playing music since we were pretty young. It’s actually pretty amazing to be playing together right now because we’re all deeply rooted in Seattle’s music community. Joel and I started playing in local bands together in high school. Our bands played several shows together, but we didn’t know each other personally at the time. It’s been awesome to have Cody playing with us too – we used to go see his band The Blood Brothers when they first started touring around the country. We’ve all shared a lot of similar experiences over the year when it comes to touring, recording and writing. I think that’s why we’ve become such a tight knit band on and off stage.

Who/what are your influences?
Joel and I were both really influenced by heavier music in our teens. Bands like Soundgarden, Nirvana, Queens of the Stone Age have always been big for us. We were lucky growing up in Seattle because the hardcore scene was so strong. Harkonen, These Arms are Snakes, and Botch among others were bands that we could go see and be inspired by. We sound a lot different from those bands, but that spirit and energy has really seeped into the way we write and perform now.

What is your favorite song you’ve released and why?
My favorite song is definitely “I’ve Got A Notion.” It’s a song we recorded at London Bridge Studios in Seattle. I’m so proud of that recording because I think we accomplished something that’s difficult to do, capturing all the energy we put into our live performance in a studio recording. We also recorded it without a click track (metronome), so all the ferocity and natural energy is pretty much untampered with.

Upcoming projects, where do you want to go from here?
We’re definitely just focusing on making these songs as good as they can be. We talk a lot about how fragmented the Seattle sound can be sometimes. What’s cool about it as that on any given night you can see a whole range of genres, but the rock scene tends to be either REALLY hard or REALLY chill. We’re trying to operate in that middle ground but bring some much-needed edge and aggressiveness to it. For future releases, we’re not afraid to evolve into something different. We’ll just see where this release takes us.

What inspires your music?
A lot of our songs are inspired by life experiences: family, relationships, things that make us angry and things that make us happy – but some of our songs are just ones you can dance and drink to.

What musicians or bands do you look up to?
A lot of the musicians and bands we look up to are our peers, but I think we look up to the older artists that are still putting so much emotion and effort into their music and live performances. Joel and I have seen Lee Fields, Charles Bradley, and Sharon Jones in the last year and left their shows completely floored. They are also artists who are totally disconnected from technology and I think we really look up to the musicianship those artists possess.

Why do you make music?
Music is weird, it’s fun even if no one hears what you’re making. I think we make music because it’s a blast, but when you get to connect with others because of music it takes it to another level.

Anything else you’d like readers to know that we haven’t asked you about?
Last time I was in Phoenix, I played a basement show in Mesa on a really low-budget tour a few years back. It was dirty and sounded terrible, but the people that came out had the time of their lives. The kids that came up to the merch table afterward were really appreciative and wanted to get to know us as people, cool memory. We’re looking forward to coming through with Augustines.

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