GOON's Tour Homecoming w/ Girl Friday, Sarah Tudzin, Justus Proffit


Girl Friday, Sarah Tudzin, Justus Proffit

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GOON's Tour Homecoming celebration at The Hi Hat with Girl Friday, Sarah Tudzin (Illuminati Hotties) and Justus Proffit!

GOON (LA): While Goon was making their debut LP, Heaven is Humming, frontman Kenny Becker underwent an operation. The purpose was to treat a sinus condition that chronically debilitates his sense of smell and taste, ultimately draining his senses at large, including his hearing. And though that operation was a success, the nature of his condition means the results are only temporary; he has to consider going back under the knife in recurring intervals in order to repeatedly clear things up again.

“That’s the thing, it’ll always grow back,” Becker says. “They’re just polyps—it’s not cancer, but it’s sort of similar in that they just grow back and nobody knows why.”

It’s as frustrating and debilitating as it sounds, but Becker prefers not to wallow in some kind of tortured-artist trope; it’s not the anguish of the condition that drives him to make music. Rather, he’s driven by the times when he’s freed from it.

“I always find a lot of encouragement in the fact that, like someone like Van Gogh, I’m able to be productive in the times that I’m not sick,” he explains. “People like to romanticize the periods in which Van Gogh was having a bad time, but it was actually because he was sick that he would go outside and see a cherry-blossom tree and just be struck by its beauty.

It would make him realize, ‘This might be the last time I see this, because I don’t know when I’m gonna have this snatched away from me again.’”

Written in these periods of health and optimism, Heaven is Humming has been a long time coming. Three years coming, to be exact: singer/guitarist/songwriter Becker, singer/guitarist Drew Eccleston, bassist Caleb Wicker, and drummer Christian Koons started work on the album in the summer of 2016, right around the time Goon’s debut EP Dusk of Punk came ripping in from the Los Angeles sky, spilling from the brim with monster riffs and deep hooks. After spending some initial time in the studio with Chris Lynch and Adam Rasmussen of Gardens & Villa in their space in the Frogtown neighborhood of LA, the first Goon LP could have easily been rushed out. But instead the band chose to get it just right.

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Venue Information:
The Hi Hat
5043 York Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90042