Games, Brrraaains & A Head-Banging Life are pleased to bring you an interview with alternative rock band, Good Friday.
1. How did you get started as a band?
Hayden (the drummer) and Dawson (lead singer) began playing music together at the ages of 8 and 9 through their grandpa, Paul Jones, who played drums and toured with B.B. King throughout the 70s and 80s. They began playing at bars and clubs with older blues musicians before branching out into different genres later on. Eli began playing bass in 2011 at church with Hayden and Dawson. Patrick began playing guitar in 2013. As the band Good Friday, they began writing, recording, and performing in 2015. They are currently full-time touring musicians and do that for a living.
2. How would you describe your sound?
Our music is a blend between lots of different genres. We get bored of playing any one genre for too long, so we enjoy adding elements of many genres into the alternative groundwork laid our for each song. We use lots of trumpets, violins, and cellos to create more of an experience in our studio work. Those orchestral instruments coupled with our drums, bass, guitar, and keys approach have made our brand new album much more exciting for even us to listen to than our previous work. We aim to blend modern and old, so some of our songs have very old fashioned sounding chord progressions, some pulled from classical, some from jazz, some from psychedelic music, melded with poppy melodies, singable guitar parts, and Midi textures sprinkled throughout.
3. What bands/artists would you say have influenced your style of music?
The Beatles, U2, The Police, Simon and Garfunkel, Kendrick Lamar, Michael Jackson, Panic! at the Disco, Twenty One Pilots, Coldplay, Jack White, Led Zeppelin, Rush, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and a variety of other artists.
4. Has the rise of YouTube & music streaming helped or hindered you as a band?
The age of streaming hasn’t brought any direct financial success, but it has helped us spread our music tremendously, thanks to the power of the share button. We use all online music platforms, but most of our listeners use Spotify and Apple Music.
5. What do you enjoy doing when you’re not making music?
When we’re not making music, we enjoy watching/analyzing movies and shows, hiking, sightseeing, biking, meeting new people during our travels, finding cool coffee shops, and eating great food.
6. What are your future plans musically? Tours?
In 2019, we will continue touring throughout the rest of the year, mostly doing West Coast USA touring, as we just got back from a cross country tour, but we are aiming at doing some European touring either next year or the year after, once we’ve networked the States enough.