Arrrrggghhhhh!!! Ooooooowwwwww!!!! Yeahhhhhh!!!! Woaaahhhhhhh!!! Cancel the ambulance, it’s only bandmates Joel Schneider and Ethan Jacobsen doing their thing as My Goodness! at KEXP’s live Ballard Day broadcast, straight from Bergen Place Park, which is still going strong as we go into this increasingly sunny Seattle afternoon.
My Goodness! exploded on the Seattle scene last year. Taking the two-man blues-rock sound of Flat Duo Jets and the Black Keys to the Northwest, My Goodness! fleshes out all the possibilities of the genre, rather than just safely stick with what works. Their self-titled debut was released on April 19, 2011, through Sarathan Records, and over 10 tracks, My Goodness! never does the same thing twice. Listening to it would probably be the best utilized 30 minutes of your day. As much attention as their album has garnered, one consensus has been universally reached across the board: they’re even better live. It’s not hard to believe either (just check out our in-studio with them). With louder drums, crunchier guitars, and Joel Schneider’s primal screams unhindered, the My Goodness! live show is a sight to behold. While pictures don’t do it justice, we hope they at least give you an idea.
It remains to be seen if Schneider and Jacobsen deliberately put themselves and their instruments at risk as they barreled headfirst through their 30 minute set, but regardless: the crowd was eating it up. Their ferocious style of guitar and drum playing during songs like “Say Your Gone” and “Check Your Bones” made me reevaluate my understanding of the rocks / blues major scales. I’m not ashamed to say that I snuck in some air guitar (and air drum too) at some points. The crowd was no less unabashed in their enthusiasm, collectively bobbing their heads in rhythm. After playing crowd favorite “Blackout Baby,” Schneider shoulder tackled his own mic before saying thank you and proceeded to reward the eager audience with free vinyl. Sadly, I didn’t fight the ravenous crowd for one.
Check out the setlist photos here and stay tuned for The Maldives live from Bergen Place Park in Ballard at 4PM!
portrait by Dave Lichterman: