Good Morning @ The Back Bar
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Good Morning is the recording project of Stefan Blair and Liam Parsons. An experiment in blurring the lines that circle guitar pop, Good Morning are at once scrappy and melodic, cynical and silly, narrative and abstract: guitar music that’s distinctly contemporary and never self-serious.
Formed in 2013 when Blair and Parsons bought themselves a 4-track, Good Morning have two albums and two EPs to their name. The band have consistently proven live favourites in their hometown, packing out headline shows, no matter how long it takes them to remember to book them. Slightly belying their decidedly no-frills approach to recording and playing live, the band were recently heavily sampled on A$AP Rocky’s “Kids Turned Out Fine”, maybe the result of Instagram shoutouts from Tyler The Creator and members of The Internet. Their early EPs Shawcross and Glory defined the band’s initial lo-fi, lazy and laconic sound, and have amassed over 36 million streams on Spotify alone. Equally melodic and melancholic, the band’s debut full-length Prize // Reward was the first time Blair and Parsons recorded and mixed a Good Morning release alone, and they developed a taste for production.
Their independently-released second LP, The Option, is a 17-minute tumble through propulsive guitar melodies and lyrics of concise, casual poetry, recorded live to tape. The album is a product of its moment, introspective in its examination of contemporary anxieties and complacencies. Blair and Parsons share lead vocals, and a delivery that laces each lyric with the appropriate measure of irony or sincerity. Keenly observant and unerringly catchy, Good Morning write songs that are not to be underestimated, no matter what they tell you.
Attending college in Nashville, TN in 2015, Scott Hermo never really pictured himself as a full-time musician when writing and recording songs in various bedrooms. There was no plan, direction or goal. Yet meeting friends John Lewandowski, Tiger Adams, and Noah Miller changed all of that when the songs started to take more form with energy and live drums. Suddenly, there was a live band and like-minded folks with a similar outlook and collective goal to make the best music possible, for no one but themselves. Before ever even playing a show, they finished their debut album in yet another bedroom.
After word of mouth spread, a band was formed so they could play the shows they were offered. — and with that came a love for playing shows, meeting musicians, digesting more bands, and perfecting their craft. Over the next few years, John, Tiger, Noah + countless others moved on, but Scott kept the band going with a rotating cast of over 20 musicians — always friends — who were available and shared the love of the music. And in that rotating cast, Scott met Emma Willer who became a permanent addition to the band, with major contributions to their self titled and first release, Goose Bumps, released November 17th 2015.
Fast forward 4 years and over 100 shows and Goose Bumps has garnered millions of streams, countless sold out DIY physical pressings, all from a self-released record by a small group of friends trying to figure out their place in the world, writing some incredible tunes in the process.
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2200 2nd Ave
Seattle, WA, 98121