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Good Old War


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Langhorne PA, United States (2008 – present)

The second self-titled album by Langhorne, Pennsylvania indie-rock trio Good Old War is at its lush heart, an album of immense growth. A natural evolution from the band’s debut Only Way to Be Alone (Sargent House), Good Old War radiates with warmth and vulnerability, both qualities undoubtedly cultivated by the band’s hands-on self-production, and the environment of solitude in which the album was created.

Holed up in a remote house in the Pocono Mountains through the white winter month of February 2009, Keith Goodwin (vocalist/guitarist), Dan Schwartz (vocalist/guitarist), and Tim Arnold (vocalist/drummer) coalesced into a dynamic harmonious unit, using their time in complete isolation to explore new approaches to their music-making process: they learned new instruments; they wrote about subjects like love, loss, and addiction; they explored musical conventions far outside indie-rock/folk territory. Good Old War’s sophomore album doesn’t just maintain the intricate vocal harmonies, infectious sing-along melodies, and pop-song writing foundation of Only Way To Be Alone, it expands them. The results are a collection of songs that could translate from a living room to an arena without losing their heartbeat.

“This record is different because there’s more shake, shake, shake,” explains vocalist/drummer Tim Arnold. “The songs came from all over the place. They range from loneliness to domestic violence to drug addiction to true love.


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