Get ready for a Good Old War at the Bowery Ballroom

So much for all of these diamonds and pearls
I’ll be present for the end of the world

—From “Present for the End of the World” by Good Old War

If you take the ‘Good’ in Goodwin, the ‘Old’ in Arnold and the ‘War’ in Schwartz, and you get the band’s moniker, Good Old War. The Philadelphia-based trio– lead vocalist/keys/guitarist Keith Goodwin, guitarist/vocalist Dan Schwartz and drummer/vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Tim Arnold– recently released their third CD, “Come Back as Rain,” which debuted at #1 on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart. Known for their pitch-perfect harmonies and acoustic-driven melodies, the band’s latest disc is even more stripped down with the intent to capture a live feel. And what inspired the lyrics?

“The thing that was on our minds was the idea of being away from our families and friends because of so much touring,” notes Schwartz. “It permeates the entire record as a theme. And we all sat in a circle for weeks discussing every word before they went down, so it was by far our most collaborative record.”

The folk-pop threesome grew up listening to classics like the Beatles, Crosby, Stills and Nash, Simon & Garfunkel and the Beach Boys, all groups known for catchy melodies and harmonizing skills. So, how did harmonizing become such an important part of the band’s sound?

“Harmonies just sort of happened to us,” says Schwartz. “We all just do it and we felt an incredible feeling when it first happened. Just a ‘whoa, wait a minute, we just did that?!’ kind of thing, and we’ve been working on them ever since.”

Good Old War, who recently made its television debut on Conan, has opened for the likes of Alison Krauss, Guster, Brandi Carlisle, Gomez and Xavier Rudd, and the trio is also Anthony Green’s band when he goes on tour. GOW is now in the midst of its first headlining tour in 2 years, with support from the Belle Brigade and Family of the Year. So check them out at the Bowery Ballroom in NYC on Wednesday, April 25th, where you’ll hear music from all 3 records– and maybe some Everly Brothers or CS&N covers, says Schwartz, “you can expect a massive singalong if we have our way.”

GOW also plays SUNY in Potsdam on April 21st, and look for the trio to hit Ollie’s Point in Amityville in July…

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Lisa Heffernan received a master’s in Communications from Emerson College before moving to New York. She has worked for publications such as: Details, Nylon, Rolling Stone, Time Out, Newport Mercury, American Songwriter and W magazine.