We catch up with the Philly three-piece’s Keith Goodwin to talk Counting Crows, musical inspiration, and getting “Mad Men” stars to appear in your video.
By Julyssa Lopez
Good Old War plays Black Cat this Tuesday, August 7.
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We last chatted with Philadelphia-based band Good Old War back in April, when they were in town to play a show at Black Cat. They return to the venue tomorrow, but vocalist/guitarist Keith Goodwin, a recent father, is currently taking advantage of some down time to hang out with his son and rehearse for an upcoming tour this fall, which means he almost missed this interview because his nine-month-old son started to cry. Fatherhood aside, Goodwin, drummer Tim Arnold, and guitarist Dan Schwartz have spent several hours a day perfecting tunes off their latest album, Come Back as Rain. The emotionally charged record, already voted one of the best releases of 2012 by iTunes, will be the centerpiece of Tuesday night’s show at the Black Cat (the gig is one of three preempting a larger opening tour with Dispatch this September). Multilayered and richly acoustic, the record has helped shape a growing fan base around Good Old War’s raw, melodic sound. (It also doesn’t hurt that Mad Men actress Peyton List, a.k.a. Jane Sterling, stars in the music video for their latest single, “Amazing Eyes.”) We caught up with Goodwin to discuss writing the new album, touring with the Counting Crows, and his secret love for electronic beats.
You have a big tour coming up in September—what’s the band up to until that starts?
Well, we just got done touring with the Counting Crows for about a month, then we did some Canadian festivals on the way back—they were all really awesome. Now we’re just practicing for a couple shows we have in August, so we’re doing that and writing songs and hanging out with our families. We go back out on tour at the end of September for a solid three months, so right now’s our time to just practice for three or four hours a day and spend time with our families.
What was the tour with the Counting Crows like?
It was really good. It was a good opportunity to get in front of a lot people who haven’t heard us before. Hopefully everyone had a good time while we were playing. I think it was good for us; we sold a lot of CDs. Plus it was all amphitheaters, so it was fun to play outside in the sunshine.