Good Old War

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Good Old War
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Background information
Origin Langhorne, Pennsylvania, United States
Genres Indie folk[1]
Years active 2008-Present
Labels Nettwerk
Associated acts Days Away, Cast Spells, Anthony Green
Website www.goodoldwar.com
Members
  • Keith Goodwin
  • Dan Schwartz
Past members
  • Tim Arnold

Good Old War is an indie band from Philadelphia, PA featuring former members of Days Away.

Biography[edit]

Good Old War is made up of Keith Goodwin and Dan Schwartz. The band's name comes from the last names of the three founding members; Goodwin for "Good," Arnold (former member) for "Old," and Schwartz for "War." The band was started in 2008 after Days Away (former band of Keith and Tim) went on hiatus; Schwartz previously played in Unlikely Cowboy.[2] They began by recording some free demos in a late night session at a recording studio, then played with Anthony Green, a fellow Pennsylvania musician, on a short stint of dates along the east coast as well as at the South by Southwest (SXSW) festival in Texas. Good Old War is currently signed with Sargent House, a label which also serves as the band's management company.

The band recorded their debut album in May 2008 in Los Angeles with producer Rick Parker, who also produced the final EP from Days Away, entitled "Ear Candy for the Headphone Trippers." Good Old War then recorded Anthony Green's 2008 album "Avalon" as his back up band, and continued to perform as his band in addition to playing direct support as Good Old War with Person L (a project featuring Kenny Vasoli of The Starting Line) for a nationwide headlining tour that began on August 6, 2008 and ran through September 14, 2008.

On November 4, 2008, Good Old War released their first album, "Only Way To Be Alone." Anthony Green makes a guest vocal appearance on the track "Weak Man," along with Dave Davison from the band Maps & Atlases, who plays a guest guitar solo in "Weak Man".[3]

Good Old War released their self-titled second album on June 1, 2010, which peaked at #150 on the Billboard 200.[4] On April 22, 2010, the band released "My Own Sinking Ship," the first single from their sophomore album made available for free download.

On December 6, 2011, Good Old War debuted a new single entitled "Calling Me Names" from their latest album, "Come Back As Rain," on the radio in the Philadelphia area. Good Old War released the entire album on March 6, 2012.[5][6]

Arnold left the band in 2014 to move to Atlanta in order to raise his family. The split was mutual, and Goodwin and Schwartz are currently in the process of recording Good Old War's fourth album as a duo. The album is set to be released in the fall of 2014, and Good Old War will tour to promote their new music.

Line-up[edit]

Members[edit]

  • Keith Goodwin - Vocals, Guitar, Keys (2008–Present)
  • Dan Schwartz - Guitar, Vocals (2008–Present)
  • Previously: Tim Arnold - Drums, Keys, Accordion, Vocals (2008-2014)

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

"Only Way To Be Alone" (Sargent House, November 4, 2008)

Track listing

  1. "Coney Island"
  2. "Just Another Day"
  3. "Looking For Shelter"
  4. "Weak Man" (feat. Anthony Green & Dave Davison)
  5. "I'm Not For You"
  6. "We've Come a Long Way"
  7. "No Time"
  8. "That's What's Wrong"
  9. "Maybe Mine"
  10. "Tell Me"
  11. "Window"
  12. "Stay by my Side" (feat. Ali Wadsworth of Unlikely Cowboy and Claire Wadsworth)

"Good Old War" (Sargent House, June 1, 2010)

Track listing

  1. "GOOD"
  2. "Here Are the Problems"
  3. "My Own Sinking Ship"
  4. "Making My Life"
  5. "OLD"
  6. "That's Some Dream"
  7. "Sneaky Louise"
  8. "Get Some"
  9. "While I'm Away"
  10. "Woody's Hood Boogie Woogie"
  11. "My Name's Sorrow"
  12. "World Watching"
  13. "I Should Go"
  14. "Thinking of You"
  15. "War"

"Come Back as Rain" (Sargent House, March 6, 2012)

Track listing

  1. "Over and Over"
  2. "Calling Me Names"
  3. "Amazing Eyes"
  4. "Better Weather"
  5. "Can't Go Home"
  6. "Not Quite Happiness"
  7. "Touch the Clouds (Taste the Ground)"
  8. "It Hurts Every Time"
  9. "After The Party"
  10. "Loud Love"
  11. "Present for the End of the World"

EPs[edit]

Good Old War / Cast Spells Split EP (Sargent House, 2009)

Track listing

  1. "Breaking Down "
  2. "Texas Blues"
  3. "All Brass"
  4. "Letters"

The Purevolume.com Sessions (2009)

Track listing

  1. "Coney Island" (Acoustic)
  2. "I'm Not For You" (Acoustic)
  3. "Tell Me" (Acoustic)
  4. "We've Come A Long Way" (Acoustic)
  5. "Window" (Acoustic)

Music videos[edit]

Year Video Director
2008 "Coney Island"[7] Behn Fannin
2009 "Weak Man"[8] Matthew Stawski
2010 "That's Some Dream"[9] Behn Fannin
2012 "Calling Me Names"[10] Elliott Sellers
"Amazing Eyes"[11]

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