Meet cult L.A. lo-fi scuzz rock band Goon

“I think they might be my new obsession” – Tom Ravenscroft, BBC Radio 6 Music

Featured in L.A. Times and picked as one of NPR’s Artists To Watch at last year’s SXSW, Goon have also earned support slots with Grandaddy and Lucy Dacus. On the back of this kind of acclaim and two independently released EP’s, they were signed by Partisan who promptly re-released those records as well as their debut album.Goon’s latest video was directed by the band’s singer and guitarist Kenny Becker.

Becker’s creative impulses are all the more impressive because he suffers from a condition that causes polyps to form on his sinuses debilitating his senses, including his hearing. Surgery can only temporarily relieve the condition.

Importantly, it’s not anger or frustration about the illness that drives him to make music but rather the periods of freedom and clarity that come while the condition is under control. Becker explains “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…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.’”

The recording took three years during which momentous life events also took place, including Becker getting engaged and the birth of the first child of the band’s drummer, Christian Koons. This extended recording period really helped them to see the record as an ‘album’ in the literal sense of documentation.

“I enjoy the fact that the really heavy F Jam and the really quiet Snoqualmie exist on the same record. The whole thing is loud and hits really hard, but it feels like it actually takes you places…when I listen to the record, I can’t help but hear the last three years,” Becker explains. 

The single, CCLL, and the album, Heaven Is Humming, are both out now. Click here to buy the album on CD, vinyl or digital download. 

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