TIDAL Rising Artist of the Week: Meet Goon

TIDAL Rising Artist of the Week: Meet Goon

With TIDAL Rising, we’re constantly showcasing new music from our favorite up-and-coming artists across all genres and each week, we pick one artist in particular to shine our spotlight on. Presenting the TIDAL Rising Artist of the Week: Goon. 

Goon’s “She” takes you out of time, like songs by the Moody Blues, Procol Harum and Ariel Pink before it. Humming with acoustic guitar, synths and samples, lead singer Kenny Becker’s voice lazes, submerged in the track, bemoaning the titular “she” who broke his heart.

“I wrote this song in 2012 following a breakup and a realization that I had already begun to lose my faith,” Becker has said of the song. ”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.”

Los Angeles’ Goon, which comprises Becker, Drew Eccleston, Christian Koons and Caleb Wicker, met while they were all attending the private Christian college Biola University. The Boards of Canada and Taylor Swift-obsessed Becker started getting into Christianity in high school.

In fact, he joined a worship band (after a cute girl asked him to), which is where he learned how to play drums. Becker currently plays guitar, but that initial instrument had a large impact on his songwriting. Still, as he said in the above statement, his faith has dwindled a bit since then, as in some ways, religion seems to be a bit too cut and dried to him, too replete with easy answers.

After a few false starts, Goon finally released their first EP, 2016′s Dusk of Punk, and toured with the likes of Dilly Dally and Lucy Dacus, earning them shine from Stereogum, The Fader, The San Fransisco Chronicle, etc. Most recently, 2017′s Happy Omen, a gorgeous, vibrating work, scored Goon their assignment of TIDAL Rising Artist of the Week.

Happy Omen sees the L.A. band crystallizing their grungy sound into something more experimental and, simply, darker. “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,” Becker has said. “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.”

Take a listen to that album now, and stay tuned all week for more from Becker and Goon. The band’s debut LP is set for 2018, so read up!

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