Philadelphia’s Good Old War Fights Away The Blues

Good Old War

Good Old War, the rising folk-inspired band from Philadelphia, consisting of Keith Goodwin, Tim Arnold and Dan Schwartz, will be bringing their glorious harmonies to Madison’s High Noon Saloon April 13.

They’ve hit the road with artists like Joshua Radin, Dr. Dog and Guster, but their current outing, in support of their new album, Come Back As Rain, is their first national headlining tour in two years.

Honestly, there isn’t much of a difference between the material on Come Back As Rain and the band’s first two LPs – their debut Only Way to Be Alone and their self-titled sophomore album – but why fix something that isn’t broken? Just like their past singles, “Coney Island,” “My Own Sinking Ship,” and “That’s Some Dream,” the new songs have those same airy melodies, twangy guitars and signature harmonies.

Hints of the Beach Boys, Simon and Garfunkel, and Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young surface through Good Old War’s music—Goodwin’s voice even sounds eerily like that of R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe. But just like the band’s name, which comes from the pieces of the band members’ last names (Goodwin for good, Arnold for old, and Schwartz for war), the band’s sound is completely their own.

The lyrics in their songs are simple, yet some sound almost philosophical, like the line from “That’s Some Dream”: “I’m gonna live, I’m alright / I’m gonna die, it’s alright / I’m okay.” In addition, the light melodies conjure up images of frolicking in a field of daisies or driving with the windows down on a sunny Sunday afternoon.

Others think that the band has budding success as well, especially in the hipster-music sphere.

Allmusic.com‘s review declares, “Come Back As Rain may be the perfect summer soundtrack for listeners looking for a less cerebral Band of Horses, a more ecumenical Fleet Foxes, or just a damn fine group of musicians with a knack for kicking out youthful, country-tinged pop songs without an agenda.”

Further, Blurt magazine hails the new tunes as being, “their strongest collection by far.”

We’re not sure why you wouldn’t be completely sold yet, but if nothing else, this concert will be completely worth attending merely to witness Goodwin’s signature crazy dance moves.

Get your tickets to see Good Old War, joined by The Belle Brigade and Family of the Year, for their Madison show at the High Noon Saloon right here.

–Kaitlyn Schnell

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