2019 album also available on CD.
‘Heaven Is Humming’ is a soundscape of sonic bliss from Goon and the L.A. rockers debut too boot. The album is weird in its fearless abandon but it’s also comforting and familiar at the same time, taking the sounds of foundational groups like Pixies and Boards Of Canada and contextualising them through a modern lens, placing Goon alongside contemporaries like Forth Wanderers, METZ, Young Jesus and Partisan label mates Dilly Dally. Becker croons like Michael Stipe one minute and snarls like Frank Black the next but you never lose the sense of who these four guys are making a beautiful racket right in the here and now.
Written in periods of health and optimism, ‘Heaven Is Humming’ has been a long time coming. Three years coming, to be exact: singer / guitarist / songwriter Kenny 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 neighbourhood of LA, the first Goon LP could have easily been rushed out. Instead the band chose to get it just right.
Goon have toured with and opened for And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead, Grandaddy, Lucy Dacus, Lemon Twigs and Starcrawler. And they have earned praise from 6 Music, The Fader, Noisey, Rolling Stone, Spin, NPR and Stereogum. Both Fader and NPR have named the band as “One To Watch”.
“Right down to its name, Goon captures the essence of ‘90s college radio.” NPR
“… pure stoned-Weezer goodness, an image of SoCal summer painted in golden sludge.” Rolling Stone
“Rising grunge-gaze heroes Goon have been bringing the scuzz back to LA guitar music for a good year now... the band and its sludgy, sprawling sound has been a relentless presence on stage and playlists alike.” Noisey