Doubleheader: Good Old War and Liz Phair
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Good Old War, of Langhorne, Pennsylvania, have been turning heads recently with their eponymous release. Rising from the ashes of rock band Days Away, this folk-influenced indie outfit created one of the summer's most upbeat records, and have since been cultivating a reputation that's beginning to stretch between the coasts and no doubt across the waters.
Good Old War's interesting name is a combination of parts from all three band members' last names. Keith Goodwin, Tim Arnold, and Daniel Schwartz got together during a 'hiatus' of Days Away, and slowly began to build a fan base. Their dedicated practice, including their daily vocal harmonizing, led to some deft arrangements, which they placed on their debut album.
On their most recent album, Good Old War continues its trademark harmonies, uptempo instrumentation, and honest, youthful lyricism. Good Old War has the ability to bring the listener into a fun, breezy world, filled with warm guitar tones and catchy choruses. As the trio alternately brings to mind images of 1960s doo-wop, whimsical folk music, and indie rock aesthetics, Good Old War deserves credit for making smart, simplistic, and clean music full of great hooks. In an age of studio quirks and digital gimmicks, Good Old War isn't afraid to write happy, catchy songs that aim to please.
This week's Free at Noon features this up-and-coming local trio, playing from their latest. There aren't many other ways to start off the weekend this well.
Phair began her career in the early 1990s by self-releasing audio cassettes under the moniker Girly Sound, before signing with the independent record label Matador Records.
Her 1993 debut studio album Exile in Guyville was released to acclaim: by the turn of the twenty-first century, it had been ranked by Rolling Stone as one of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
Her career began after a series of tapes she made as The Girly Sound came to the attention of Matador Records in 1992. Exile in Guyville followed in 1993 to rave reviews. Consequently the release of Whip-Smart (1994) was much anticipated and promoted. It debuted at No.27 but though it achieved gold classification it did not sell as well as had been expected.
Ten years after the release of her debut, Phair's fourth album, Liz Phair, was released on Capitol Records and her music began to move in a more pop rock-oriented approach. Phair has sold nearly three million records worldwide.
There was a gap of several years before Liz Phair (2003) hit the shops. The delay was caused in part by the insistence of the record label that Phair develop the content with her production team. The collaboration resulted in some of the most poppy and successful songs on her album, including "Why Can't I" and "Extraordinary". However, she continued to explore sexually explicit themes in songs like "H.W.C.". The album equaled her best chart performance, reaching No.27 in the Billboard charts.
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