Remember when Seattle was considered the “holy land” for producing bands like Nirvana, Foo Fighters and Soundgarden? The music was dirty, gritty and called a myriad of names but the ones we’re mostly familiar with go something like this; garage rock, grunge, hardcore punk and alternative. Keeping with tradition, Seattle isn’t letting anyone down anytime soon. Creating yet another unique sound born of the streets of that little hot bed of music up in Washington state is rock duo My Goodness, who just released their debut, Shiver + Shake, on Votiv Music.
The stripped down two member sound belonging to Joel Schneider (guitar/vocals) and Andy Lum (drums) deliver a smooth sonic attack of pure indie rock filled with music reminiscent of The Black Keys, Little Hurricane, The White Stripes and The Kills. The title track, Shiver + Shake, moves at a slow bluesy pace while Sweet Tooth brings back memories of Soul Asylum and Gin Blossoms. Check Your Bones delivers that Black Keys feel while Cold Feet Killer and Letter To The Sun, shake, rattle and drip from blues infused rocking riffs and a driving back beat.
Shiver + Shake was recorded and produced by Rick Parashar at London Bridge Studio, who has helped form the sounds of Pearl Jam, Alice In Chains and Blind Melon. In 2001, he produced 3 Doors Down’s multi-platinum record, Away From The Sun. With a pedigree like that at the helm, My Goodness has hit a home run. When they go out on the road, in every city, they load the bases and hit it out of the park from every review you read about their live shows. Being just two guys, there’s a lot of stage space to absorb but they seem to be so entertaining, they’re casting a very BIG shadow.
Filled with 13 tracks that never sound like versions of the same song, My Goodness deliver a little over an hour of entertaining lyrics and music strong enough to keep you addicted. Addiction is cruel; you’ll play them over and over again “jonesing” for a live show fix, giving new meaning to the words, Shiver + Shake.