When: Mon., Aug. 30, 9 p.m. 2010
Maybe a mildly cynical rock critic isn’t the right guy to tell you about a band like Good Old War. Truth is, I want to grumble a bit about the jangly, Americana-tinted indie pop on their latest eponymous release — it’s optimistic … it’s life-affirming … it’s ebullient. Even the genesis of their name is completely endearing: Take the surnames of band members Keith GOODwin, Tim ArnOLD and Daniel SchWARtz, trim away the extraneous bits, and what do you get? “Good Old War.” Eek. But really, the vocal melodies are crystal-clear and uplifting, and when they cross folksy picking with the lilting pop rhythms of tracks like “While I’m Away” … well, it can be kind of lovely at times. Think about a trio of sweet-as-pie, acoustic-toting bible-camp kids who ditched the Jars of Clay records and campfire sing-alongs for Bob Dylan and Neil Young. Like San Diego’s Delta Spirit, only more precious. Much more precious, in fact. Good Old War appear in support of popular Australian roots singer-songwriter Xavier Rudd.
D. Patrick Rodgers