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Goon – Heaven Is Humming (album review)

by Woody on July 25, 2019

It has been three years since I first wrote about Goon. To say that I have been patient in waiting for their debut LP would be understatement. To say it was worth it would also be an understatement.

Led by Kenny Becker, Heaven Is Humming builds on the promise shown on their EPs. Undeniably influenced by 90s music, Becker does a great job at pacing the album. Sticking to the use of guitars, bass and drums; it’d be easy for the album to get monotonous as the songs bled into another. The ending of each “side” ends in cathartic number acoustic numbers in Snoqalmie and CCLL that offers up a new side of Goon after the initial four tracks of each side.

The proceeding four tracks of each side wonderfully blend in grunge, slacker indie and shoegaze. The opening track, F Jam, sounds like a Alice In Chains covering My Bloody Valentine. Its sludgy, fuzzy and excellent. Cammie At Night is another excellent tune that kicks off the grunge vibe, but importantly it doesn’t sound like he’s copying the sound that put Seattle on the map. Then there are tunes like Deny and Datura that let it rip.

Can’t say enough good things about this album. The songs are all excellent but there is real thought put into the composition of the album. And as one of the few remaining humans that enjoy listening to complete albums, it really makes my day.

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I have been waiting for this one for awhile. Been loving the EPs for a couple of years now but am excited to sink my teeth into an LP. Fronted by Kenny Becker, Goon crank out a rambunctious brand of lo-fi rock that’s as gritty as it is enjoyable. Heaven Is Humming will see the light of day on 7/19 via the fine folks at Partisan. Here’s some more info from the Partisan PR squad.

Goon is primarily a vehicle for Becker, who wrote ‘Heaven is Humming’ while suffering from a chronic sinus condition that required surgery and periodically debilitated his senses – including hearing. The songs – fearlessly weird, yet also comforting and familiar – emerged during Becker’s brief periods of health and optimism. “I find encouragement in the fact that I’m able to be productive in the times that I’m not sick,” Becker explains. “People like to romanticize the periods in which, for example, someone like Van Gogh was suffering, but it was actually because he was sick that he would go outside and see a cherry-blossom tree and be struck by its beauty. It would make him realize, ‘This might be the last time I see this, I don’t know when I’ll have this snatched away from me again.’”

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Goon is an LA quartet that I have been digging for a couple of years now. Took in a rousing SXSW set in 2017 and it appears that all my support has landed them on the Partisan Records roster. Kudos to them. Their music is usually loud and fuzzy, reminiscent of 90s indie. The tune below is a little more mellow. Here is Goon’s frontman, Kenny Becker, on one of the new tracks.

“Choke Throat” takes Goon’s power cord-friendly tendencies down a more delicate, freak-folk indebted path, adding touches of saxophone along the way. The song was inspired by the aftermath of a surgery Becker had last year to fix a serious sinus condition. He says: “The medication that I take now to maintain the benefits from the surgery sometimes gives me this crazy heartburn feeling that makes my throat feel like it’s closing up. It happens less often now, but it was happening a lot around the time I recorded this song. My life pre-surgery was really difficult due to crazy sinus/respiratory problems. A lot of those problems have been alleviated, and I’d much rather live with the occasional ‘choke throat’ than go back to how things were.”

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Goon – Omen EP

by Woody on November 2, 2017

Had the good fortune of catching LA’s Goon this past SXSW. It was a loud scuzzy set of 90’s inspired college rock. As my buddy commented, I feel like I’m in the middle of an episode of 120 Minutes. I was really hoping that a debut LP wouldn’t be far behind. Alas, no LP. But I do have another excellent EP to bide my time. The Omen EP follows up the Dusk of Punk EP. Here’s what lead singer, Kenny Becker had to say about the EP.

When I wrote this I was thinking about my time as a kid in elementary school. I liked the image of me and my peers working on arts and crafts projects while not being able to fully comprehend the future pleasure and suffering that potentially await you at such a young age. Also, I like elevating a somewhat mundane activity such as my specific experience of childhood arts and crafts to almost religion-level symbolism. Not to say it actually means anything that important. It’s just fun to do and see what it does to the song as a result.

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Goon – Dusk of Punk EP (album review)

September 20, 2016

Goon is the project of LA-based musician and visual artist Kenny Becker. Becker suffers from severe polyps in his nose that affects his smell and his hearing. That sounds about as shitty as it comes but Becker has managed to cope with this and crank out a really enjoyable debut EP. What does it sound […]

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