By Nicholas Jason Lopez
Recommended for fans of Motion City Soundtrack, Hikes and Dryjacket, Philadelphia-based indie rockers Goings recently unleashed their latest single “Phone Numbers,” which will appear on their upcoming full-length album ‘It’s For You,’ slated to drop on Nov. 13, 2020 via Know Hope Records.
Created in a time where true togetherness is sought out through technological over-saturation by way of this crazy year, Going’s motto is “don’t leave them hanging, answer it,” hence, the constant references that would make Mr. Alexander Graham Bell himself smile.
Goings is Chris Kearney, Jack Meidel, Aidan Rogers and Keith Rogers.
The Music Bugle had the chance to talk with the group about ‘It’s For You’ and more.
Music Bugle – How would you describe Philadelphia to someone who has never been there before?
Aidan Rogers – Like Nemo’s first day of school in “Finding Nemo.” As people born and raised in neighborhoods just outside of Philly, it’s a city that continues to reveal itself every day. What we are more qualified to describe is the Philadelphia music scene, which has a complex history, but has been very generous to us. As both music fans and musicians, there is no better place to live. It feels like there is a house willing to host a basement show on every block!
Music Bugle – What excites you the most about indie rock?
Keith Rogers – I think the most exciting thing about indie rock is the constant innovation and aesthetics put forth by bands and artists. It’s cool to see the trends and new ways artists try to keep it fresh and interesting.
Music Bugle – What inspired your band name?
Aidan Rogers – Facebook events were always a really big part of organizing shows in our music scene – I hope that doesn’t get phased out. I thought of the name when looking at the list of people that responded “going” to some event.
Music Bugle – What made you want to release “Phone Numbers” as a single?
Chris Kearney – We chose to release “Phone Numbers” as a single because we felt it was the perfect song to get people excited about the album. It’s fun, energetic and put simply – a banger.
Music Bugle – What was it like putting together your album ‘It’s For You’?
Aidan Rogers – The sounds and the ideas for the record just bounced around in my head for months as we were writing songs. It felt like there was always something new to bring to practice every week. All of us have been writing music our whole lives, but it’s safe to say that this project felt different. Having a dedicated keyboard player allowed us to make synthesizer-heavy songs that we never could in bands prior to Goings. Our convoluted inspirations of pop-indie-math rock carried us through to a record that sounds uniquely Goings. Once the nine songs were written, recording felt like a breeze because the songs just felt right.
Music Bugle – Who are you listening to right now, music-wise?
Aidan Rogers – Destroyer.
Chris Kearney – Beck, BENEE, Disq, The Fall of Troy, Queens of the Stone Age and Winona Forever.
Keith Rogers – The Beatles, Large Print, Beach Bod, Oasis, The Bravery and BROCKHAMPTON.
Jack Meidel – Suffer Like G Did.
Music Bugle – Does social media make it easier or harder to stand out as a band these days?
Chris Kearney – I think social media is pushing artists to be more creative with the content they create in order to stand out, which in my opinion, is a cool thing. However, the downfall is that everyone is at the mercy of “the algorithm,” which is making it increasingly harder to reach your audience and can prove to be discouraging for artists just starting out who do not have a strong fan base or content strategy, so I would say social media makes it both easier and harder to stand out as a band.
Music Bugle – What’s a quote that motivates you to keep doing what you do?
Aidan Rogers – “There is a time for reciting poems and a time for fists,” from Roberto Bolaño.
Chris Kearney – “It’s getting better all the time,” from Paul McCartney.
Music Bugle – How have you been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic?
Chris Kearney – Not being able to play shows has definitely taken a toll on us. We particularly miss Philly house shows where a bunch of people cram into dirty, dingy basements and go crazy. We sincerely miss all of our friends and in-person social interaction in general.
Music Bugle – Away from music, what’s something people might be surprised to know about you?
Keith Rogers – Personally, I’m a huge NBA fan. I love the narrative going into every season and just seeing the skill of these very talented athletes – not only what the players do on the court, but off the court as well. I love how the NBA players have been so socially active and vocal for real systematic change.