Kicking off their single “The Fire Walk” via Substream Magazine (HERE), “Girl” via Under The Gun Review (HERE) and a pre-release album stream hosted exclusively on Absolute Punk (HERE), the grunge pop sister trio GOOD ENGLISH have really built up some serious hype for their album release.The highly anticipated self-titled full lengthfrom GOOD ENGLISH is finally available!
The album was created in roughly two months as a compilation of songs written over the course of two years. After the release of their first full-length album, Radio Wires, the sound of their music changed dramatically. Frontwoman, Elizabeth Rasmussen, elaborates, “Upon the realization that guitar and bass pedals are really, really cool and that distortion and heavy riffs are audience captivating, we immediately began writing new material and playing it live; however, we still had hundreds of Radio Wires CDs to sell so we weren’t in any rush to put out a new album. For about a year we played sets that were half-old material and half-new material. We slowly began playing sets that were comprised entirely of new material, but still only had Radio Wires as an audio representation of us. In January of 2015 we recorded demos of five new songs that we self released simply to have as a current representation of the Good English sound.”
The new tunes are a mix of punk, pop, classic, and grunge rock. “We’ve been told by many people that we are the genre of music that should have come post 90’s rock,” adds Rasmussen. Many of the songs include heavily distorted guitars and bass, riffs on riffs on riffs, and catchy melodies that end up being almost a juxtaposition of the music. Growing up in Dayton, Ohio was a huge influence on many of the songs, because of the grunge, metal, lo-fi, and punk history of the Dayton music scene. Rasmussen says, “To be taken seriously by Dayton music enthusiasts we had to have a heavier sound, and that ultimately gave us a unique sound for three tiny white girls from the suburbs. For the first time we began writing songs together as a band and really worked with one another to help create the best possible part for each instrument. Although we individually wrote the parts for our respective instruments, we allowed each other to have a say. Basically, we got all up in each other’s business, like sisters tend to do.”
In August 2015 Good English recorded three new tracks with Micah Carli at Popside Studios in Troy, Ohio, with the intention of having them mixed and mastered to take on tour and sell. Thinking they would maybe release them as singles or as an EP, while in Nashville, the band was introduced to Andrija Tokicand his studio, The Bomb Shelter. “We fell in love with the fully analog studio and decided to pencil in a date to record a few songs there. Once again we decided that we might record a few songs and release another EP or a 7”, but weren’t entirely sure. Upon returning from tour we knew that we desperately needed to record all of the songs we had been playing live and ultimately decided it was time to release a new full-length album.” Good English recorded three songs with Tokic in December, and then recorded the remaining five with Carli in early January. Kevin Antreassian of Backroom Studios in Rockaway, New Jersey mastered each of the songs to ensure a cohesion, a tall task, given that eight of the eleven songs were recorded digitally and three were recorded in an analog studio. Yes Master Studios mastered the album as a whole. Also of note, Mathew Franklin of Cadaver Dogs and The Skulx helped produce seven of the songs recorded at Popside Recording, and threw on some of his signature guitar licks, and Alex Nauth ofFoxy Shazam and The Skulx played trumpet on “Line of Fire,” the final track on the album.
Because of the sporadic nature of how the album was recorded and planned, it is less of a meticulously thought out album from front to back, and more of a compilation of the past two years of writing and an introduction to a new era of Good English.
In support of the new album, Good English will be heading out for an expansive national tour. The tour includes a stop in Austin, Texas for South By Southwest to play a few showcases, particularly two Behind the Curtains Media / SwitchBitch Records / Rocker Stalker dates on March 17 and 18, more info on which can be found HERE. In addition, they will be releasing frequent music videos, working on new material, booking further regional tours, and keeping their creative juices flowing and fans happy!