Good Old War – Part Of Me (EP Review)

Many would argue that Vocalist/Guitarist Keith Godwin and Guitarist/Vocalist Dan Schwartz have redefined the Indie vibe with their band Good Old War. A project launched in 2008, joining the duo again is Drummer/Vocalist Tim Arnold fleshing out the three part harmonies into the magic fans have grown to love. Now, 2 years after 2015’s full-length album, Broken Into Better Shape, Good Old War are back with a new EP, entitled Part Of Me, through Nettwerk Music Group on September 1, 2017.

Known for feel good energy with an acoustic connection and authenticity, the 5-track EP Part Of Me is acoustic masterwork begun with “The River,” a song all about the feeling of summer. Light and simple, it is brilliantly augmented with instrumentation that heralds in real anticipation for what is next.

Then there is “Only A Number,” which is an authentic uptempo piece with lyrically brilliant Pop sensibility. In enough words, it is chillingly reminiscent to some of the best music of Simon & Garfunkel. “How Did You Find Me?” is a lilting Waltz-like acoustic love story embracing a listener’s heartstrings. This is before the EP title track, “Part Of Me,” which is one of the truly emotional connections the band makes with listeners through the music. Heading out of the brilliantly paced EP is “Oak Tree” with a delightful melody that turns to the three part harmonies which is the sing along force of Good Old War.

Good Old War has opened for the likes of Grammy winner Alison Krauss, Dr. Dog, and Joshua Radin. Being on tour with some of the masters of the Indie Alternative genre, they once again do a sensational job crafting enjoyable songs. Catchy and authentic, it is these sounds that pulls listeners in for more. Furthermore, each decision production-wise on Part Of Me is purposeful and magnificent.

Part Of Me is the first of three EPs set to be released over the next year. Listeners can be waiting for the next chapter, further solidifying Good Old War’s place in the elusive iconic American Songbook. For those reasons and many others, CrypticRock gives Part Of Me 5 out of 5 stars. 

Tour Dates:
Sun, Oct 22 – Dallas, TX @ Granada Theater
Mon, Oct 23 – Birmingham, AL @ Saturn Birmingham
Tue, Oct 24 – Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse
Wed, Oct 25 – Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
Fri, Oct 27 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues
Sat, Oct 28 – Portland, ME @ State Theatre
Sun, Oct 29 – Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel
Wed, Nov 1 – Millvale, PA @ Mr. Smalls
Thur, Nov 2 – Washington, DC @ Lincoln Theater
Sat, Nov 4 – Northampton, MA @ Calvin Theater & Performing Arts Center
Sun, Nov 5 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
Wed, Nov 8 – Toronto, ON @ The Opera House
Thur, Nov 9 – Chicago, IL @ Vic Theatre
All with Josh Ritter

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