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Good Old War made a stop in Atlanta on February 22nd, selling out Vinyl in the Center Stage complex. The three piece indie rock band from Philadelphia (whose name comes from the last names of the three members; Keith Goodwin for Good, Tim Arnold for Old, and Daniel Schwartz for War) has skyrocketed over the past year, with the success of single “Calling Me Names” from their 2011 breakthrough album Come Back As Rain.
When the band took the stage, the atmosphere became very relaxed and homey, as if the band were friends with every member of the audience. Drummer Tim Arnold has described the band’s live shows as “A sing-along campfire with friends” and this description is a very accurate one. Most of the setlist was composed of songs from Rain such as “Better Weather”, “Amazing Eyes” and of course “Calling Me Names”, but the band also delved deeper into their collection with songs such as “Weak Man” from their 2008 debut Only Way To Be Alone and “My Own Sinking Ship” from their 2010 self titled album. One of the best moments of the show was an impromptu cover of Harry Belafonte’s “The Banana Boat Song (Day-O)”, which had the entire audience singing along.
Good Old War definitely had a connection with the audience but they connected even more so with one another, effortlessly harmonizing together and joking around like brothers. The band made the stage come alive and feel like home, a feeling that few current artists can achieve. They have only been together for a few short years but they play together like family.