Another Helping of Goodnight Loving
Also: WMSE’s Radio Summer Camp returns
The album title, then, is a nod to a
local tradition that gives an apt suggestion of The Goodnight Loving’s rustic
sound, a grab bag of early, jangly rock ’n’ roll, twangy rockabilly and
soda-fountain pop. The group keeps their songs to two or three minutes, and
their four members tag-team singing and songwriting duties, which gives their
records the loose, spontaneous feel of a jukebox, where a surfy instrumental
could be followed by a dusty country tune.
“From the beginning, we all wanted to
keep our approach really open, allowing everybody to contribute songs in
different styles, though it can be kind of tricky to sequence albums with all
these different styles,” keyboardist/singer Andrew Harris admits.
Their first full-length for the
Portland punk label Dirtnap Records—they previously released most of their
catalog on Milwaukee’s Dusty Medical—The
Goodnight Loving Supper Club is set to be the highest-profile record yet
from the group, but it was recorded with the same informal spirit as their last
“There are several songs on this record
where there are only two or three of us playing on it,” Harris says. “It just
sort of worked out that way because we were all learning a lot of the songs in
the studio and coming up with parts on the way. It was probably a lot more fun
and more of a creative process for us than if we’d had all the parts worked out
The Goodnight Loving plays a 9 p.m.
album release show on Saturday, July 17, at Linneman’s Riverwest Inn with Head
On Electric, Sticks N Stones and The Get Drunk DJs.
About Radio Summer Camp: The Goodnight
Loving record release performance is one of more than 20 shows this week booked
under the umbrella of WMSE’s four-day, multi-venue Radio Summer Camp music
Individual tickets are available for
any given show, but a $25 pass, available at wmse.org, grants admission to all
of them, including concerts by Band of Horses, Liars, Neon Indian, Zola Jesus,
Lightning Bolt, John Doe, Codebreaker and Def Harmonic at venues including the
Turner Hall Ballroom, the Rave, Shank Hall, the Miramar Theatre, Stonefly
Brewery, Cactus Club, Sugar Maple and the Borg Ward.
The festival ends its second year Sunday, July 18, with WMSE’s Backyard BBQ, a free grill-out and concert in Cathedral Square Park featuring blues, rockabilly and country music from Southern Culture on the Skids, .357 String Band and The Carolina Chocolate Drops, and vittles for both vegans and omnivores from Maxie’s Southern Comfort and the Palomino.