Goodwin is an indie/rock/pop trio from Seattle, Washington that got their start in 2016. Made up of Lisa Douglass on guitar and vocals, aNdi pUzl on drums and harmonies and Tom Abernathy on bass, harmonies and the occasional keyboard. Douglass and pUzl have been playing in various incarnations of what now is Goodwin. Abernathy joined them in 2017. Influenced by Queen, Yaz, Low, The White Stripes and yes, none other than ABBA (I like this band already), Goodwin describes the musical chemistry on their debut This Time For Sure, as “full of rippin’ riffs, solid grooves, catchy melodies, sweet harmonies, unexpected but satisfying twists and turns and the occasional wink to the listener.” Sounds like a band that’s all in it for fun.
“This War” begins with a healthy dose of crunchy guitar action and vocal harmonies, and a keyboard sound that reminded me of classic ‘80s sounds of Styx. An old school tap-tap drum beat keeps the groove going with a song that’s about two people in a relationship rehashing old wounds in a “war” not worth fighting for.
The beginning beat to “Hate it Here” reminds me a little of The White Stripes while the main rhythm and guitar hooks speak of Sleater-Kinney. I absolutely loved the punk attitude in this one, especially the line “I think I hate it here.” There’s some doubt there, but also certainty.
“Broken” starts off with a sweet, reverb guitar effect and dreamy-like harmonies. This one is an all-out, feel good rocker. The change in styles and tempos are sick! Those alone kept me engaged. And the clean, dry bass lines, the distorted guitar, the honest lyrics – what can I say – this song has everything. “Tyson” explodes with a sexy bass and drum rhythm and plenty of power chords. A lot of fantastic vocal harmonies, too. All three members strongly carry the song through from start to finish.
The last number is “One Mistake” and it mixes the old school style of Queen with the newer sounds of The White Stripes. Abernathy’s bass action gets crazy good on the verses. And then the trio goes into a solo break which gets really creative. I’d say this was another one of the band’s most engaging tunes and I thought it captured the band’s unique arrangements quiet well.
Overall, this is a solid debut from a trio that have strong vocal harmonies and first class musicianship.
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