Good Old War 11/19 Troubadour Los Angeles Review

By Megan Matuzak

There is no such thing as too many hugs for Philadelphia natives, Good Old War. Dan Schwartz, guitarist, safely hid behind the renown “floating guitar” while Keith Goodwin, keys and vocals, took the brunt of drummer Tim Arnold’s overly amicable signs of affection. A sense of commodity stretches far beyond the band’s brotherly bond to the perfected three part harmonies the trio is known for.

Couples in the heat of puppy love and die hard Good Old War fans packed the Troubadour Saturday night. If everyone in the room wasn’t singing along it wouldn’t be a typical concert for the band. Wall
to wall, the audience sang along and even harmonized with Good Old War. Later, Circa Survive guitarist joined the band on stage and delivered a bluesy solo for “Weak Man”.

The trio played favorites from Only Way to Be Alone, including “Coney Island” and “That’s What’s Wrong”. Only Way to Be Alone was their 2008 breakthrough album and even now the crowd roared with approval before Good Old War even uttered the first lyric. While the crowd did not seem as familiar with the bands second album, Good Old War kept the energy high with the help of an inflatable beach ball and “I Should Go”.

Between songs and sips of beer Keith announced the release of a new record in the spring. The audience got to hear a sample of what to expect when it drops. From what the Troubadour heard Saturday night, Good Old War stays true to their nature and gives their gushing fans exactly what they wanted for a third album.

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