KEXP Q&A: Joel Schneider of My Goodness

photo by Beth Crook

Seattle rock duo My Goodness will be playing September 6th in the bullpen at SafeCo Field as part of KEXP Night at the Ballpark - and, after the show, the Mariners will take on the Tampa Bay Rays. We had a chance to catch up with My Goodness frontman Joel Schneider before the big gig.

You’ll be performing at the Mariner game September 6th for the KEXP Night at the Ballpark. Are you a baseball fan? 

I definitely am. It was a nightly summer tradition to watch the Mariners games when I was a kid. I’ve been an M’s fan as far back as I can remember.

What’s your favorite baseball moment growing up? 

As is probably the case for a lot of Mariners fans, the ‘95 run was the most memorable for me. I think I was in 4th or 5th grade when our school let us out early to be able to get home to watch one of the games. I remember running around my parents’ house with a friend of mine screaming at the top of our lungs after Griffey’s slide into home. I will never forget that.

If you were a hitter for the Mariners, what would be your walking up to the plate music?

Well, whenever I’m driving a long stretch in the van and I need to wake up a bit, I put on some Queens of the Stone Age to get my head back in the game. “Regular John” is my jam so I’d probably have to go with that one.

Along with QOTSA, what are some of your most important influences, musical or otherwise?

If I was to make a short list of a few bands/artists that have influenced how I write or think about music, it would be: Zeppelin, Rolling Stones, The Blood Brothers, Harkonen, Junior Kimbrough, Jim Ford, and The Sonics. The last of which we are going to have the pleasure of playing with next month in Vancouver. So excited for that show! We will also be releasing a Sonics cover we just tracked in the very near future.

What’s the best day you’ve ever had while on tour? What did it involve? 

It’s really hard to just pick one day out. We did have a day off in Vegas a couple years ago and got to see the Cirque du Soleil “O” show. It was incredible. As far as a My Goodness show, I think when we played with We Are Augustines in London last year, that was a particularly special day. I couldn’t have asked for better energy in the room for the show. It was all around an exciting day spent with good people. It was also our first solid show internationally. We had played the night before in Manchester but with broken equipment and extreme jet lag. I grabbed new rental gear the next morning in London and we played a proper sounding My Goodness show that night. It was a great time!

You have a very distinct guitar tone. When did you realize, and how did you realize, you wanted to play in such an amplified way? 

When we started as a band, I had a handful of songs I had written on an acoustic guitar. It wasn’t until I borrowed Shawn’s (from Absolute Monarchs) equipment and tried them out loud that I realized the songs sounded way better electric. After that, I went out and bought my own gear and started shaping my own guitar tones. I now use two local boutique pedals through a Fender Twin Reverb amp to get a lot of my sound. Also, I have recently built a custom Verellen amp that I’m absolutely in love with. I run both amps at the same time.

Any plans to celebrate after the Sept. 6th gig? And what’s coming up after that show? 

I’m sure we’ll get a few beers and enjoy the game after the show. Who knows where the night will take us after that. We have a couple of shows coming up in the area. We are playing the Hops and Crops beer festival in Auburn early on September 14th and then the Redhook Brewery in Woodinville that night for their annual music festival. Also we are playing at the Crocodile with Bosnian Rainbows on September 17th. After that, it’s off to Canada to play a one-off show with The Sonics in Vancouver. I believe it’s September 20th. I can’t wait for that one!

Join us on September 6th at SafeCo Field as part of KEXP’s Night at the Ballpark to hear My Goodness and hang out with other KEXP listeners. Special group seating has been reserved and is available for purchase online at www.mariners.com/kexp. Tickets are $15 (normally $20) with $7 from each ticket sold benefiting KEXP!

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