Easy-going acoustic melodies and rich vocal harmonies makes Good Old War easily likeable. “Calling Me Names,” a single from their newest album Come Back as Rain, pulls the classic Motown trick of dressing up sad lyrics in the sweetest melody to create a dynamic listen that’s as enjoyable as it is poignant.
Addressed in the second person to a confrontational lover, the lyrics of “Calling Me Names” paint a picture of a relationship on the rocks. The laid back acoustic instrumentation and three-way harmonies, however, make it easy to forget about all your own problems. The juxtaposition of these two opposing forces makes for a beautifully bittersweet listen.
Good Old War are currently on a national tour in support of Come Back as Rain. If you enjoyed “Calling Me Names” be sure to check them out at one of their high-spirited live performances.
4/11 Varsity Theatre – Minneapolis, MN
4/13 High Noon Saloon – Madison, WI
4/14 Lincoln Hall – Chicago, IL
4/15 Bluebird Nightclub – Bloomington, IN
4/17 The Ark – Ann Arbor, MI
4/18 Beachland Ballroom – Cleveland, OH
4/19 Mr. Small’s Theatre – Pittsburgh, PA
4/20 The Horshoe Tavern – Toronto, ON
4/22 Higher Ground – Burlington, VT
4/24 Pearl Street – North Hampton, MA
4/25 Bowery Ballroom – New York, NY
4/26 Paradise Rock Club – Boston, MA
4/27 Union Transfer – Philadelphia, PA
4/28 Black Cat – Washington, D.C.