American Studies (aka Goodbye Nautilus)
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American Studies (aka Goodbye Nautilus)

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"Goodbye Nautilus - Quirkolet of Sound"

Before I begin, yes, Quirkolet is a word.

So why do I write about Goodbye Nautilus? Because they're actually pretty freakin' good. And not the "oh, at least they don't suck" type of good, they're talented, creative and energetic.

Goodbye Nautilus does what few bands can do: they don't limit the sound of their music. You want something to rock to, they've got it; you into something more folky, it's here; you feeling a bit like 50's bubble-gum pop (yes, 50's bubble-gum pop), they got that too; and how about some dance your ass off, they'll play you some of the most intricate up-tempo beats you've heard in quite some time (think Killers with rhythmic jams of the Police).

Given the fact that they've only formed about a year ago, it's quite amazing that they've managed to write almost 30 songs, allowing them to constantly refresh their sets.

"Songwriting in GBN has been a fairly organic process where the song can really originate from anyones idea. Eric is our key songwriter, so some [songs] come in like 80% done, but others such as the dancier tunes usually start from one riff on bass or guitar and then they develop from just jamming in the moment," states Nick Volkart. "We develop and complete the songs collaboratively. The songs are so varied probably because of the different ways they are written and because we [each] have many different influences."
- The Gig Review


"ROAR EP" - 2008
S/T "Recycled" EP - 2009
>> Previous Releases under name Goodbye Nautilus

Full-Length (Winter 09): The band is currently looking for assistance distribution & licensing of the new album as well as booking and promotions. Some of the (unmastered) songs are currently posted on the sonicbids site to preview.



American Studies (aka Goodbye Nautilus) is known for intensely energetic live performances and a rare ability to mix with multiple styles of artists. From acoustic to punk shows GBN is a band that can sway new fans. This has started to pay off with higher profile gigs such as a spot at a recent "Outside Lands" Afterparty and a recording grant award by local SF blog "The Bay Bridged".

American Studies was formed in SF in early 2007 when Eric (Vox/Guitar) & Nick (bass) linked up to begin writing songs after playing together at a houseparty. Different incarnations followed and sounds shifted formulas. The current sound is essentially Indie Garage Rock/ Pop soaked in driving drums & bass, unrestrained guitars, dirty synth, 60s organ and piano that blend into a sound that can be sprawling & epic, yet stripped down at the same time. Current bands like Jay Reatard, Les Savvy Fav and Wilco seem to offer comparable music.

2007 saw the release of the now sold out "ROAR" EP. August 2009 Goodbye Nautilus released a self-produced, self-titled EP known as the "Recycled" album. Early 2010 will see the release of a full length studio album that is currently being completed at John Vanderslice's Tiny Telephone studios in SF with Ian Pellicci at the helm (Deerhoof, Rogue Wave)!