Good Old War is a band you have probably never heard of. In general, their hype has yet to reach its peak but their contributions have not gone unnoticed. The band members are not amateurs; all three men have gained experience through their work in previous bands, and it’s about time they start to see some recognition for what they’ve done with this project. Creeping up on the four-year mark is cause for celebration and, with the release of their third studio album, Come Back As Rain, the festivities probably won’t stop.
Typical of this indie-friendly band, their recent single “Can’t Go Home” sustains the same measures previous songs have taken. The beginning employs this smooth, almost angelic melody that molds into an appropriate calming experience. Eventually, the pace of the song picks up and necessary drum and guitar parts are assimilated. The fusion of instruments is surprisingly pleasant, with little “oohs” and “ahhs” added for effect.
The lyrics, taking center stage, are filled with angst, which is something I found surprising. Good Old War incorporates devices of deception to hide their anger-filled voices. Lyrics like “You keep holding me back when I’m on my way” and “there’s nothing like sleeping alone so much” give off a sour impression. Somewhere down the line a romance has gone south, and has caused the men of Good Old War to put their talents to good practice. Their use of the blame game turns into a poetic masterpiece with lines like “there’s nothing more empty than my own bed.”
However, more stanzas lend to a change of heart, perhaps a growing up. The listener can hear the evolution with lyrics like “There’s no way I can live in the home you left/there’s some things in my life I can’t accept” and “cause I’m trying to live like I never have.” Words like these complete the song and give it a suitable ending.
Streaming of Come Back As Rain, accompanied by “Can’t Go Home,” has already been met with positive review. The excitement surrounding Good Old War has grown in recent years, and my hope is high for their future undertakings. Their style is an odd sense of calmness escorted by the energy of wonderful words, which allows more exploration of different creative treads. Although similar styles are used to get familiar messages across, my bet is on this band. With the release of Come Back As Rain comes new prospects, and I think Good Old War will definitely take advantage of their new chances.