22 June, 2022Print
Goon Shares Late Night Single Ochre Feat. Spoon’s Alex FischelHour Of Green Evening Album Out July 15
“Right down to its name, Goon captures the essence of '90s college radio.” - NPR
"An image of SoCal summer painted in golden sludge." - Rolling Stone
“Vibrant and sinister, reckless and pensive.” - Los Angeles Times
"I think they might be my new obsession..." - Tom Ravenscroft, BBC 6
“And the shoegaze gods said… let there be GOON.” - KCRW
“Elliot Smith-style melodies…electronic psychedelia.” - FADER
“Excellent…comfortingly melancholic.” - Stereogum
“Goon have range, damn it.” - Paste
Your favorite band’s favorite band, Goon released their vibey second single today, “Ochre” from the upcoming album Hour Of Green Evening, out July 15. Debuted on Under The Radar, the video is perfect for the song about "that feeling when you’re laying in bed wide awake at 3 am and your mind is racing so you go for a walk," says frontman Kenny Becker. The name comes from Yellow Ochre, Becker's favorite color to paint with (he creates all the band's art). He shot the video using a point and shoot camera, invoking a lo-fi digital grittiness fitting with the introspective longing of the song.
Following “Angelnumber 1210” championed by tastemakers like Consequence, Fader, Stereogum, IndieShuffle and more, the new track also features a beautiful piano improvisation from Spoon’s Alex Fischel at the end. His keys are layered throughout the album, which will be released as a special edition CD package featuring an obi strip and pressed on a limited run of red CDs via Demodé Recordings.
Watch / Share: “Ochre”
Pre-Order: Hour Of Green Evening
Goon began as Becker’s Bandcamp solo project in 2015. Partisan Recordsreleased the band’s first album Heaven is Humming, as well as EPs Happy Omen& Dusk of Punk, praised by NPR, Rolling Stone, Stereogum, BBC Radio, FADER, VICE, Los Angeles Times and more. After several band members departed for other jobs, cities, and life experiences, Becker recruited a new band — Andy Polito on drums, Dillon Peralta on guitar, and Tamara Simons on bass — and set about recording a second LP, Hour of Green Evening, in Glendale, CA with producer and engineer Phil Hartunian and Alex Fischel from Spoon who plays piano & synth on the record.
Previously, Goon has worked with illuminati hotties & shared stages with Shame, Lucy Dacus and Grandaddy. Reggie Watts, Grizzly Bear’s Ed Droste and others are big supporters. The band also just released a benefit EP in light of the Supreme Court's intent to strike down Roe v. Wade, featuring a cover of Pixies' "Snakes" (feat. illuminati hotties) and supported by Pitchfork & Stereogum, raising over $1,000 for Mississippi Reproductive Freedom Fund.
The evolution of Goon has come to full fruition on Hour of Green Evening. It’s the band’s most complete statement, engaging all aspects of their sound to stunning effect. The record conjures the nighttime suburban world of Becker’s youth, a mix of concrete and cookie-cutter homes with the lush beauty of California landscapes. The album’s world is populated by people dreaming, sleeping and waking, existing in that in-between space of the nighttime world. Plant references abound, from the “hydrangea lawns” of “Last Light On,” the “eucalyptus wall” of “Wavy Maze,” the oleander in the hypnotic “Lyra,” all swirling together in an endless suburban gloaming.
It’s a record of melodic richness and finely textured production, slipping easily between heavy guitars and glimmering vocals, a fullness that comforts but never overwhelms. The songs have a melancholy to them, but they never succumb to hopelessness, knowing at the heart of the darkest night there is still light, goodness, and maybe even someone else there to help you wander through.