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Goon is the project of LA-based musician and visual artist Kenny Becker. With a medical condition that periodically deadens his sense of smell and hearing, Becker began writing songs as a means of making the most of his life when those symptoms were absent. In October, Goon released their new EP Happy Omen which has gained praise from Noisey, Stereogum, BBC Radio 6 and even Ed Droste of Grizzly Bear who recently placed the band’s single “She” at the top of his Favorite Songs of 2017 playlist on Spotify. Happy Omen is the follow up to the band’s first EP Dusk of Punk which saw the completely independent band break through the indie rock noise, receiving high marks from Rolling Stone, Spin, The FADER, Indie Shuffle and DIY Mag, eventually landing them supporting slots for Grandaddy, Lucy Dacus, the Lemon Twigs and Starcrawler and performing at FADER Fort during SXSW with NPR naming them one of their “Artists To Watch.”
GOON SHARE NEW SINGLE “SHE”
NEW EP HAPPY OMEN OUT OCTOBER 30TH
HAPPY OMEN EP
“Rising grunge-gaze heroes Goon have been bringing the scuzz back to LA guitar music for a good year now…the band and its sludgy, sprawling sound has been a relentless presence on stage and playlists alike.” – Noisey
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Experimental fringe rockers Goon have shared another track off of their new EP Happy Omen.
“She” finds the band taking a step back from their lo-fi guitar rock and instead experimenting with acoustic guitars, drum machines, synths and samples.
Singer-songwriter / guitarist Kenny Becker explains:
I wrote this song in 2012 following a breakup and a realization that I had already begun to lose my faith. The song got shelved but in 2016 when we began recording new tunes it reemerged and we tracked it. Upon completing the song, I was actually in the midst of another breakup, and was kinda losing my mind with sad and lonely energy. The lyrics took on a renewed meaning. I also had the idea for the song’s ending then, with the weird voices and sorta upbeat-melancholy jam. That ending became a kind of wordless meditation on all the feelings I was having at the time.
First track “Chaka” premiered last week via Noisey.
Stream “Chaka” here.
On first listen, Happy Omen is a decidedly darker and experimental release compared to the band’s first EP Dusk of Punk.
In June of 2016 we began recording a new batch of songs, with the intent of creating an LP. Which we did, but when reflecting on what we had created there was this feeling that it wasn’t quite fleshed out enough. So that prompted a second phase of recording where we re-recorded some songs from those first sessions and continued down the rabbit hole of experimentation for a little while. At a certain point we realized some of the results from this experimentation actually worked really well together which resulted in this EP.
To me, these songs share less of a proper “common theme” and more of a common feeling. That being said, four out of the six songs were written in the wake of a breakup, so if there’s a lyrical theme, it could maybe be that. But this is definitely not a “breakup record.” A lot of the lyrics are also about similar subjects as on our previous EP. Things like God, doubt, and my childhood. What I like most about this collection of songs is the shared melancholy, longing, introspective vibe.
Additionally, the band has announced a FREE Halloween EP release show at The Echo in Los Angeles with support from friends Alyeska, HOTT MT and Gypsum.
Happy Omen is the follow up to the band’s first EP Dusk of Punk which gained a great amount of praise from Rolling Stone, Noisey, Spin, The FADER, Indie Shuffle and DIY Mag, eventually landing them a slot at FADER Fort during SXSW and NPR naming them one of their “Artists To Watch.”
The band has supported Grandaddy, Lucy Dacus, the Lemon Twigs and Starcrawler this past year.
About the band… “(Dizzy) is pure stoned-Weezer goodness, an image of SoCal summer painted in golden sludge.” – Rolling Stone Magaz
“(Green Peppers) A weird and charming new track that sums up what’s exciting about Goon‘s pop-tinged grunge…”- The FADER
“What’s remarkable about the suitably titled ‘Scab’ is that the more you peel off, the more it reveals. Like a low-strung Pixies song or an early Wolf Alice number, stark beauty shares space with gloomy feedback. It’s a fascinating introduction…”- DIY Mag
“…a gently lo-fi wall of warped, syrupy grunge riffs”– Spin
“…something about the easy-going style reminded me of one of my all-time favorite bands, Pinback.” – Indie Shuffle
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