You know the expression-blood is thicker than water. It’s a statement that is no truer when it comes to family. Family is unbreakable. Sure, you can get annoyed with them when they do something stupid. Its family-you can’t be annoyed for long. They are always going to be there for you. Part of being in a band, you are in a family. You have each and every one of the members of the group’s best interest far more than most. You can have a disagreement, and minutes later hug it out. The band Good English is no exception. Good English comprises of sisters Elizabeth, Celia, and Leslie Rasmussen. Elizabeth is the lead vocalist, and plays guitar, Celia is on bass and Leslie on drums. The band is set to drop their first full-length album Radio Wires on Tuesday, August 27. This Saturday, Good English will be throwing a CD release party at Blind Bob’s fifth anniversary weekend.
Good English got their start when the ladies were still children. Elizabeth began to start getting interested in learning how to play the guitar and singing while she was in the eighth grade. Celia had to choose between being in choir and being in the orchestra in elementary school. She decided that she would be in the orchestra and started playing the cello. The other sibling, Leslie, was banging away on the snare drum. Their parents would soon after give them newer instruments. Leslie replaced her snare with a drum kit, while Celia obtained the bass. “The cello and the bass are pretty similar as most people know”, Celia explained. “So my folks said give the bass a try. If I didn’t like it-no biggie.” The ladies began work on learning their new instruments and started playing. “Our first song we wanted to learn was ‘Warning’ from Green Day”, added Elizabeth. “We were big fans of Green Day and we wanted to learn their songs.”
To help gain a little more knowledge on playing their guitars and drums, the girls signed themselves up for Hauer’s Music Band Camp around 2008. At the camp, they learned how to polish up their play and also had the experience to perform live at the legendary local music venue Canal Street Tavern. The chance to play at Canal Street would be beneficial to the group as they started embarking on playing more and more live after the camp. Good English added another member to their group and would start to perform at other local venues, with doing shows that were for all ages. Still very young, the adolescents played as if they have been playing for many, many years.
In 2011, Good English felt they had enough good material and wanted to record their first songs. The band packed their instruments and drove down to Nashville. There, they recorded at Reel Love Recording Company. The owner of the recording company is Dayton’s own Patrick Himes. Himes produced an outstanding six track EP titled Take Control. The opening track ‘Hollow Sound’ starts off with twang piano play and then takes a backseat while the guitar riffs. The title song of the album ‘Take Control’ features a slick indie sound, with Celia’s bass line popping out. Himes clearly saw what the band’s individuals bring to the table, and highlighted them all in each song. The music leaps round from all different sounds. You can hear the indie rock in one song, followed by some blues in another. The band takes pride in the fact that they don’t have a specific style. They love exploring all the different styles, and putting their own spins to it. The result is a stylish rocking opus.
With Take Control released for the masses, Good English proceeded to play local gigs at the local taverns, and festivals. One of the big breaks that the band has received to date was being part of the local acts that were able to play at last year’s Downtown Dayton Revival Festival.
Earlier this year, Good English went back to Nashville to work Himes again to work on the follow-up of Take Control. They went down on back to back weekends, with the first weekend setting down the drums and the next weekend laying the vocals and guitar. “I was really great to get away and work with Patrick again”, Elizabeth said. “We know that wouldn’t have too many distractions and we could keep our focus on the music.” The band would work throughout the weekend, bunkering down in the studio for 12 hour days. Still, the experience of working with Himes, and laying down new music helped the band continue to march on.
Radio Wires promises to show Good English’s growth since the first EP was released. The instrumental play is powerful and gritty, and is the main focal point in the trio’s mind. The lyrics are open to interpretation for the listener, which always gives each song freshness. “We want to have our songs to be like a story that involves characters”, Elizabeth says. One thing is for sure-audiences and their fans will not be putting down their story anytime in the near future.
Radio Wires will be released on Tuesday, August 27th. This Saturday, come celebrate the band’s album with their CD release party at Blind Bob’s. Showtime is around 9pm. For more info, click on the band’s website goodenglishband.com.
For those who want a taste of the band, click out the video below. The song is off their EP, Take Control.