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Good Evening

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The best kept secret in music



The gentlemen in Good Evening provide a truly rewarding listening experience. Rather than ape sounds and styles created by others, these four individuals have created their own unique vision. I Saw the Sun Explode features five tunes that don't sound like anyone else in recent memory. By combining the predictable with the unpredictable, these folks have managed to come up with a perplexing yet thoroughly engaging EP. The melodies are complex and unorthodox... the arrangements full of subtle tweaking and creativity... and the vocals are absolutely fantastic. A successful EP is one that makes the listener want to hear more. That is exactly how we felt after spinning this disc. Five tunes here: "Early," "Faster," "The Spark I Was," "Go On," and "Backbone." Fascinating stuff that is truly worth seeking out. (Rating: 5+) -

"Audiofile/ Daily Download"


Legions of bands have copied Radiohead's mopiness and alienation (and tried to copy their production techniques), but on this song, unsigned New York band Good Evening does a better job than most at latching on to some of what makes Thom Yorke's melodies so special, with singer David Cloyd singing beautifully, adding little bits of chillingly controlled vibrato at the end of otherwise flatly, cleanly sung phrases. - Thomas Bartlett

"Kevin Alfoldy, Lost At Sea Magazine"

I saw the sun explode out of the dark expanses of night, the deep red and oranges searing the early morning sky. Blackness imperceptibly turning blue as the stress that had held me sleepless all night dissipated with the unspeakable beauty of what I was witnessing. Mentally and physically exhausted, these were the first few minutes that my body allowed me to relax, and yet I did not want to surrender to sleep for fear that I would never witness anything like this again. All too soon the eruption of color had dissipated; the familiar yellow sun hanging low against the sky blue backdrop. As I finally drifted off to sleep, I wondered how I would be able to make it through a day that had begun with such a climax. -

"music for the dusk"

Aptly-titled space rock band Good Evening surge with bright emotion and recede into dark self-consciousness on their debut EP, I Saw the Sun Explode. David Cloyd’s vocals are fragile and tense, like a dreary Ben Gibbard. Guitarist Jeremy Voss and bassist Michael Oliverio fill out a tense, pulsing sonic landscape.
- The Deli Magazine

"Luca Castelli, Creative Kicks"

“…A bit of Thom Yorke and his cohorts is heard in I Saw The Sun Explode EP – the melancholy harmonic structures (that can be heard in full-force on Kid A and Hail To The Thief), the fascinating and irregular voice, the cleansing atmospheric sounds… Boil it all down, and what remains is really strong rock that oscillates between the epic crescendos of “Backbone”, the moody aggressiveness of “Go On”, and the “physiological moment” of the ballad “The Spark I Was” (peppered with bits that lean in the direction of Coldplay). Five songs that aim to please, a testament to their longevity.”

- Luca Castelli, Creative Kicks -

"Crashin' In"

Good Evening
"I Saw The Sun Explode"
Self Released

Drawing influences from Talk Talk, Soft Machine, Elbow, and Radiohead, this EP by four young lads is filled with a sense of atmospheric hope. Fans of Coldplay also take note and these boys can really sing. Their sense of melodic pop hooks filled with soaring guitars with uplift your spirits. (release date 2005) -

"Libby Wait,"

The guys of GOOD EVENING are feeling really earnest and gloomy for some reason. I’m not sure why they feel this way exactly. Maybe it’s because they saw the sun explode. Either way, they are slightly depressed and they want to let this fact be known by writing some equally melancholy music. Each of the five songs on I Saw the Sun Explode evokes a sense of urgency and sadness. The band pulls off this dark approach very well without slipping into the trap of the typical dark emo and/or alternative group that is ever so popular today. Instead, these four guys from New York produce music in a creative manner that they enjoy. Luckily for us, this dark and creative manner works extremely well, and the band is able to produce a promising EP.

From the first seconds of the record, the listener is able to sense the earnest and brooding emotion of the music. The opening track, “Early,” seems as if, at any moment, the song could suddenly explode into a screaming metal epic. But instead of allowing the song to abruptly erupt, the band chooses to subtly add layers one by one. First comes a mysterious and repeating guitar line accompanied by a quiet cymbal rhythm. Lead singer David Cloyd’s haunting voice is introduced and the sound begins to build up. New guitar and bass rhythms are then seamlessly blended into the music. Even at the point when the listener is sure there will be an outbreak of wild and agitated guitars, the sound only swells slightly and falls again like a wave.

The style of “Early” defines the rest of the album. The delicate layering appears on every track. The band’s talent for mixing different rhythms together in this slow and subtle fashion contributes to a wonderfully rich and flowing sound. Just as the band members defy the listener’s expectations on “Early,” they continue to structure their songs throughout the album in ways that are not incredibly unique, but are different enough to seize the listener’s attention.

One also has to mention that several elements of the album can easily be compared to other artists. This isn’t to say that GOOD EVENING simply imitates other bands’ music. The fact that GOOD EVENING is constantly compared to so many revered bands should be considered a high compliment. The echoing and repeating guitar work, for example, is highly reminiscent of Interpol. The beginning of “Go On,” with its jagged guitar and drum rhythms, could have come straight from one of Interpol’s own albums. Once I heard David Cloyd’s singing, I was instantly reminded of Jeremy Enigk, the famous lead singer of the classic emo group Sunny Day Real Estate. In both delivery and tone, Cloyd’s voice parallels Enigk’s quiet and haunting voice. Both vocalists sing long, stretched notes without much change in pitch. For the majority of the album, Cloyd sounds like a less-raspy version of Enigk. At other times, however, Cloyd’s voice reaches beyond the small range of pitch and becomes truly angelic and soaring, such as during the chorus of the soft and beautiful song “The Spark I Was.”

GOOD EVENING’s dim and melancholy aura makes this EP not suitable for fans of blissful and energetic music. Its lush layering and full chords will immediately grasp the attention of any indie rock fan who enjoys rich and calm music. While Good Evening’s sound is continually compared to respected and well-known bands such as Radiohead, Death Cab for Cutie, and Interpol, the band has something of its own to offer. Good Evening is able to successfully fabricate the perfectly lush, clean, and brooding sounds that many bands lack. Although this EP only contains five songs, it exhibits the unaffected talent and promise that this New York quartet possesses. -


i saw the sun explode (Debut EP) - 2005


Feeling a bit camera shy


GOOD EVENING formed in New York in 2004 when David Cloyd (vocals/guitar) and Mike Oliverio (bass guitar) joined with guitarist Jeremy Voss and former Volcano, I’m Still Excited!! drummer John Thomas Robinette III. They recorded their debut EP, i saw the sun explode, in March 2005. The result of their efforts is a music that is at once grandly expansive, intimately concentrated and unafraid to be melodic and beautiful. Shortly after recording, however, the band took a hiatus while John served as the touring drummer for Sufjan Stevens and Mike served as the touring bassist for Adam Richman and downtown avant-garde luminary Dougie Bowne (Iggy Pop, Yoko Ono, Cibo Matto, The Lounge Lizards).

While their music may reference the atmosphere, style and aims of bands like Talk Talk, Radiohead, Can and Elbow, they are inspired to go beyond mere mimicry. Consequently, they find themselves moving in a very different direction than the retro glam-seventies and new-wave-eighties music currently prevalent in the New York music scene. It is this divergent quality that makes them so vital—the willingness to go against what is currently considered “cool” paradoxically defines what “cool” truly is.

Good Evening is now performing with the likes of The Big Sleep, Mobius Band, My Brightest Diamond and the Winter Pageant, where their live shows continue to develop their songs with a unique approach combining the refinement of their musical arrangements with raw, noisy improvisation.

All music by GOOD EVENING.
Produced by GOOD EVENING and Joshua Kessler.
Recorded and mixed at Bushwick Studio, Brooklyn, NY, March 4, 5, and 10, 2005.
Engineered by Joshua Kessler.
Mastered by Scott Hull at Jigsaw Sound, NYC.