Band of the Week: Goodnight Annabelle
Our band of the week this week is from Provo, Utah, and originally from their namesake, Annabella, Utah. I happened to catch them live a few months ago and I was really impressed. I think you will be too once you check them out. I got to talk to them a little bit about their upcoming album and what they’ve got in store for this year.
I’ll start with the question that is usually the hardest to answer: How would you describe your sound, or what genre of music do you consider yourself?
Alt-rock-pop is how we sometimes describe our sound. That might sound like a contradiction to some people, but its tough to really pin down our sound to fit one specific category. Our older stuff is a little on the heavier side, some of our new music is a little dancy, other songs are closer to alternative rock, and then some are mix of all the above! Put it all together and you get Goodnight Annabelle.
You’re heading into the studio soon to work on your 4th album. Will this be another EP or a full length? How will it compare to what you have done in the past?
We love recording music! And we haven’t recorded anything since the additions of Jeff (bass) and Jason (keys), so we’re excited to jump back into the studio and lay down our newest songs. We’re asking ourselves the same question about whether to record another EP, or make this a full length album. We’ve got enough new material for a full length, so we’re leaning that direction.
Can you tell us a little bit about your songwriting process? Does one of you do most of the songwriting or is it a collaborative effort?
Almost every band member is a songwriter, which helps give our songs variety. Sometimes one band member will come to practice with an idea, and we’ll use that as a starting point. Other times we all just jam together and see what direction that takes us. But for the most part, everyone collaborates in Goodnight Annabelle’s songwriting.
You’ve been working on some lyric videos with photos from fans. Do you have any plans for any full production music videos, or is this something you’d be interested in doing in the future?
We wanted to re-release Stay from our last album, and the fan photo lyric video seemed like a fun idea. We’re also planning to release a full production music video with a single from our new album sometime later this year.
A few months ago you played a show opening for Mayday Parade. How did you get that gig? What was the experience like? Have you played with any other bands that are that popular before?
Playing with Mayday was an awesome experience! They put on a great show, and we learned a lot. Prior to that, we’d gone through a tough time losing our long-time drummer and looking for a replacement. But when we were contacted by a venue in southern Utah looking for someone to open for Mayday, we jumped on it. This was the first nationally touring band we’ve opened for, and it was just what we needed to motivate us to step up our game and work on releasing our best album so far.
Do you have any touring plans for the summer?
No plans to tour this summer since we’ll be focused on recording, but we’ll plan an album release show for the end of the summer.
What bands would you consider your greatest musical influences?
We have such a diverse band, so our influences aren’t really limited to specific bands or genres. We take inspiration from a pretty wide range of 90s and 00s bands like Jimmy Eat World, Muse, Blink 182, Linkin Park, Mae, Third Eye Blind, Reliant K, to name a few. Some of us also take some inspiration from heavier stuff like Tool, Breaking Benjamin, and Finch. Throw in the mix that Jason (keys) can play anything from classical piano to ragtime, and our lead vocalist (Sam) draws a lot of inspiration from pop artists like Maroon 5 … the result is pretty interesting.
What are you doing when you’re not playing music? Are you in school, have other jobs, etc?
We’re all musicians at heart, and our dream is to make music for a living. But we’re also all married and a few of us have kids. So outside of the band, we’re all working full time jobs. Within the band we’ve got two web designers, two engineers, and a behavioral science major.
If you could tour or collaborate with any other band, who would it be and why?
Wow, that’s a tough question. Every band member would have a different answer for this … Possibly Imagine Dragons. They got their start in Utah playing the same local venues we’ve played, so learning from and collaborating with them would be incredible.
What are you most looking forward to about this summer?
We’ve mentioned it a few times already, but we’re stoked about the new songs we’ve got in the pipeline and can’t wait to share them with our fans this summer. Its just good fun music!
Want to give a shout out to Team GNA and our amazing fans, especially those that have stuck with us for the past four years. We love making music, but its even more fun letting people enjoy it. If you haven’t heard us yet, check us out on Facebook and leave a message to let us know what you think. We love hearing from new fans and getting their feedback. And stay tuned for new music and music videos by the end of the summer!
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