records latest album, 24 Hour, in a single day
When we met, Evan
Goodrow’s infectious attitude influenced me to drink more than I
intended to, smoke cigarettes (which I rarely do) and dream about living
the rocker lifestyle, which includes staying at the houses of women I
meet on the road to musical freedom.
Goodrow is 29. Goodrow
is lively. Goodrow has wandering eyes at the bar, and a knack for
creating music that screams of sex and fun.
He is living what many
of us would consider the perfect lifestyle.
And he’s not
Goodrow is the
dictator, as he calls himself, of the Evan Goodrow Band. It’s a
Boston-based band that tours up and down the East Coast, specifically in
Boston, New York and New Hampshire.
If you want to talk
about an absolutely fun musical experience, you ought to make reference
to the Evan Goodrow Band.
That is evident in the
band’s latest album release, 24 Hour, a reality-TV-like experiment in
the art of recording an album.
The band set up shop in
a fan’s house (in Sudbury, Mass.) for 48 hours, with a 20-man production
crew, friends, fans, a master chef, alcohol and God knows what else.
In 24 hours, the house
was transformed into a studio. For the next 24 hours after that, Evan
Goodrow and his mighty bandmates fought through alcoholic stupors,
zombie-like trances due to lack of sleep and the pressure of a deadline
to record a miraculous album. It took them one day to record, mix and
clean up an album that comes off sounding like an absolute masterpiece
in blues, jazz and R&B. They did all this in one day, videotaping the
“We play live so often
that we knew to have people in the house with us would change the whole
vibe of the record,” Goodrow said from Del Vaudo’s in Nashua one
evening. “There’s a huge party going on that you didn’t even know
That party included his
saxophonist’s drinking too much, preventing him from playing the
saxophone properly in some songs, such as “Sexy Lady.” Goodrow had to
fill the song with keyboard solos to make up for the lack of sax.
Goodrow has come a long
way from his teenage years, when he was told he had no musical talent.
Guitar is his bread and butter, and it’s a tool he uses masterfully.
But, as stated before, he is the dictator of his band. He writes the sax
lines, the bass lines and the drum lines. Sure, his bandmates give it
their own flavor, but Goodrow supplies the ingredients.
Goodrow is also the
music booker for Del Vaudo’s. On this particular evening at the
restaurant, however, he’s more concerned with pleasure than business.
With phone in hand, he
continually text messages a mysterious person. This makes me curious
about his rock ’n’ roll lifestyle.
“So, where are you
going after this?” I ask him.
“Nowhere … home. Gonna
watch a movie,” he says, and winks at me as if to say, “Know what I
He eyes a girl at a bar
and says, “Is she looking at me?” Then he goes back to text messaging,
while simultaneously flirting with a fan of his, who happened to be at
the restaurant as well.
His life is far from
routine. Thursdays through Sundays he’s on the road, performing with the
band. Other days he’s booking future gigs. He’s the manager, supervisor
and go-to guy for the Evan Goodrow Band.
His band gets paid no
matter what. Goodrow worries about the rest.
Each morning he wakes
up and writes. He studies Buddhism, calls music his yoga, prefers to
drink wine over anything else and uses the term “cats” when talking
about other musicians.
He comes off as
egotistical, but he’s far from it. He’s comfortable with himself and
what he’s done with his life. He’s not about the limelight. He once
tried a solo career but felt empty with the results.
“You need the drums,
man,” he said. “There’s something non-sexy about just someone with a
comfortable in my own manhood, there is certainly something sexy about
Goodrow’s music, when combined with his band. It’s fun, it’s complex and
it’s simple. Some of the guitar riffs Goodrow spills out are
mesmerizing, while other times his simple electric rhythm fills in
perfectly with the band. His voice is strong and full of range — it’s a
wonder how he does that while smoking cigarettes. He’s James Brown,
Stevie Wonder and Dave Matthews wrapped into one package.
And he knows what he
has is unique. Rock may soon be dead, Goodrow said. But that’s fine with
him. Because “when the bottom finally drops out, [people] are gonna look
around. That’s where we fill a niche.”
“... More cowbell”
The Evan Goodrow Band
is made up of Evan Goodrow, vocals/guitar; Rock O’Neal, bass, vocals,
cowbell; Carl Benevides, sax, vocals, percussion; Phil Antoniades,
The Evan Goodrow Band
plays Strange Brew Tavern on Friday, Aug. 26. Strange Brew Tavern is
located at 88 Market St., Manchester. 666-4292.
24 Hour can be
purchased at www.evangoodrow.com.