Good Times & Company Interview
Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
GT&C: Good Times & Company is a rock band. More specifically, Indie Rock/Alternative Rock
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
GT&C: I (Clint Kesinger-guitar/vocals) started an acoustic project in 2013 after years of playing heavy metal shows and after a couple releases, I added Shad Baldes (Bass), Kyle Wells (drums), and a few years later we added Keagan Cross (Guitar). We have put out 3 EPs, have played all over the country, shot a few music videos, and are on the verge of recording our next and greatest EP!
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
GT&C: Musical influences would be The Strokes, Arctic Monkeys, Radiohead, The Beatles, The Growlers, Mac Demarco, Royal Blood, The Kooks, Franz Ferdinand, Queens of the Stone Age, Ceramic Animal, Owen, The 1975, Two Door Cinema Club, Cake, Beck, Highly Suspect, The Black Keys, Boy Pablo, Jack White, The Doors, Tame Impala and countless Blues, Jazz, Hip Hop, and Heavy Metal artists.
Non-musical influences would be nature, love, depression, drugs, people watching, life, Hunter S. Thompson and Neil Degrasse Tyson.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
GT&C: To create a legacy of well written, unique rock music. To create a sound that is unmistakably us when heard, and to make that journey our livelihood. We want to leave something behind that outlives us and is a testament to our lives as musicians and people.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
GT&C: It used to be just me, but we write them together now more than ever. Every song comes about differently though. One of us will come up with a riff or chord progression, show the others, and we will take off adding our own parts from there. Sometimes I will sit and write the rhythm guitar, melody, and lyrics for a full song. Then I’ll show the guys and they create the rest, that’s normally the process. The whole time we are recording demos on our phones and emailing them back and forth. The songs range in many different subjects, everything from partying to political hypocrisy to depression to extra dimensions and sci-fi. Most songs are introspective though. Nowadays I am writing songs to express personal conflicts, but without revealing too much. I don’t want everyone to know my business, but I want to feel better too, so it’s like a secret form of therapy for me. The other members will offer up lyrics that are personal to them sometimes, and if it makes sense in the song, I’ll add those in, that way everyone has a piece of themselves that can be tangible through words. We have a habit of putting out songs that so many people can relate to, but for different reasons. The lyricism is a way for me to hide how I feel in plain sight, and often people extract their own meaning from the songs, which I love.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
GT&C: Mainly via Facebook and Instagram. Of course, we always spread the word locally as well.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
GT&C: I think it’s a feature of the music industry landscape that you must embrace as an artist. Technology doesn’t care whether you like it or not, its not going anywhere. So, we must always be adapting and finding innovative ways to make gains in our endeavours as musicians, all the while remaining true to art. I foresee that vinyl and other nostalgic mediums will continue to gain in popularity as collectibles but downloading and namely streaming music online will continue to dominate the music industry. That’s a tough pill to swallow but the listening public have already taken theirs.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
GT&C: Take Me Out by Franz Ferdinand. I just think that signature guitar riff is one of the best in rock music, especially in the modern era. The bass line matching with that perfect drum beat make the whole track just pulse with rock n roll aesthetic. It’s simple, but not boring, and every time I hear it I just wanna turn up. It embodies a sound I’ve always been excited by, and the vocals are so perfect for the song its just a well written piece of rock music. That band really pulled off a fantastic product in that one track alone.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
GT&C: -People who chew with their mouth open or chew loudly. I have to leave the room sometimes.
-When I’m trying to listen to a song and people keep talking.
-Drummers playing when you’re trying to talk at practice!
-Also, when people leave doors wide open in movie scenes. Why is that a thing?
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
GT&C: When fans tattoo lyrics on their bodies, that’s a truly proud moment. With Good Times & Company I’d say the proudest moment is when a fan messaged us to let us know he was battling addiction and mental illness in a hospital and the only thing keeping him balanced was our music. That means a lot more to me than any show or award could, and it keeps us going.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
GT&C: We are writing our next album. It is going VERY well. We are nearly finished with the writing process and will be recording the entire thing in January 2019.
PD: Tell us about your next shows and why we should be there.
GT&C: We are playing an awesome stacked show at Pop’s Concert Venue in St. Louis, MO on December 15th! It is a CD release party for Inner Outlines (great band, look them up). January 18th we are playing at Blue Grouch Pub, our stomping grounds in Springfield, IL with another great rock band called The Mazed. You’ll want to attend these shows because not only do they feature some seriously talented original rock bands, we are debuting our new sound. We have so many new songs we want to share with you all, and the only way to hear it is by partying with us at a show! Be there and hear our brand of rock music personally!
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