Good Old War Brings A Warm Folk Vibe To The Brighton Music Hall REVIEW+PHOTOS: GOOD OLD WAR @ BRIGHTON MUSIC HALL 3/15/17
ALLSTON, MA- On Thursday March 15, 2018 Good Old War played before a near capacity crowd of eager folk fans at the Brighton Music Hall, Allston MA.
Good Old War is an indie folk band from Philadelphia PA, originally formed in 2008 it includes band members Keith Goodwin on vocals, guitar and keyboard, Dan Schwartz on vocals and guitar and Tim Arnold on drums, keyboard and accordion. Good Old War is a Nettwerk Music Group recording artist who is currently on tour in support of their latest EP “Part of You” which was released this past Feb.
The resurgence of folk music has been an interesting phenomenon, beginning in coffee houses and small pubs with singer songwriters playing acoustic sets, and growing into a viable movement building a captive audience among listeners. Armed with poignant lyrics and acoustic guitars the movement has risen in stride with American hipster culture. Until recently folk music has been considered an alternative variety of music, not main stream. Now, bands like The Lumineers, Mumford And Son and The Decemberists routinely sell out larger venues and arenas. Music is a funny thing, while my roots are in the punk scene the lyrics of both genres deliver similar messages of social and political struggles. I believe the upswing of the folk movement will continue to be driven by social awareness and the desire for positive change, all through the efforts of Artists such as Good Old War.
From the moment Good Old War took the stage you could tell that they truly enjoy what they do, expertly blending electric and acoustic guitars with three-part harmonies and meaningful lyrics for the chill crowd in attendance. Good Old War music has a unique feel, creating an environment of continual banter between fans and the band which both seemed to enjoy.
It was a bitterly cold evening, which I thought would affect the energy level of the show. I was mistaken; Keith Goodman and band mates set an intoxicating tone of endless folk inspired anthems with the subdued lighting of the venue creating a tranquil but uplifting experience.
Good Old War played a diverse set beginning with “Better Weather” and continued with “The River,” Sneaky Louise” and the crowd favorite “Amazing Eyes”. When the show had ended Good Old War played a total twenty-three songs ending the show and tour by reuniting with support artist Justin Nozuka and River Mathews for an impromptu jam session. Clearly something special happened tonight with the musical bond between band and fans being unmistakable, and I couldn’t help but notice the look of content on fans while departing the venue. I look forward to next time.