Good For America
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Good For America

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"Undistorted Simplicity"

Good For America planned to be making a name for itself in Portland right about now. The band says that "a series of unfortunate circumstances" (which included an eviction after one roommate lost his job) caused the band to relocate to Eugene after giving good ol' Gresham a try.

"We were doing pretty good," said guitarist Brandon Christensen. "We recorded our demo and played a lot of coffee shops and drunken parties."

Christensen, fellow guitarist Kawika Hunter and lead vocalist Mike Johnson offer a mellow rock, coffee shop sound. They don't currently have a bass player or use drums but say that they've considered adding members to the band. "We've had trouble getting people who mesh with our style," Christensen says.

The consequent lack of depth to their music will probably keep the band performing at more sociable venues. The simplicity of the two undistorted guitars offers a quaint sound that, however simple, might be fitting to the band's serious messages. "We want to get people thinking about everything," Christensen said. "We don't want people to be satisfied with mediocrity."

Part Dave Matthews, part Stone Temple Pilots, Good For America has some work before it will offer the rebirth of something "a little more original," as Christensen says. But the band, which has been together for less than two years, has a decent start and at least the band members give a shit about the relevance of its product.

Good For America performs at Black Forest at 9:30 pm Mar. 14. Admission is, as always, free. — Danny Cross

- Eugene Weekly


"Elevate"- In Process of recording. Projected Release: Fall 2006

Demo- "Hardcore"-Released April 2005

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Good For America is an acoustic rock group that as of now consists of 4 members: Kawika: Lead/Rhythm Guitar, Brandon: Lead/Rhythm Guitar, and Mike: Lead Vocal, and David: Resident Drum God. Good For America started out as a duo in Gresham, OR in 2004. Before GFA, all of the members were "classically" trained musicians. Brandon played the saxophone until picking up the guitar in 2003. Kawika played the tuba as well as guitar all though middle school and high school. Mike also played tuba and was also a feature member of his high school choir, earning an opera scholarship to the University of Oregon in 2000. Mike and Brandon founded GFA when they started playing music together in their apartment in October of 2004. Though drunken parites and coffeeshops in downtown Portland, GFA's music soared, earning high praise from all who listened. In April 2005, after months of work, GFA finally hit the studio to record its demo, entitled "Hardcore". Now the title may not reflect the style of music played(simply for the fact that it's all acoustic), it does, however, very much reflect the lyrics of all 8 of the band's debut. Due to some unfortunate circumstances, GFA reloctaed to Eugene, OR where they met up with Kawika. Though all 3 members knew each other throughout middle and/or high school, they had never played music together. Although Dvaid's time in the band has been the least of all the member's, his influence has been felt from the day he etered the band. Now as a quartet, they soar even higher. Playing musical styles from heavier rock to songs with hip-hop and jazz influences, GFA feels no style of music is out of reach for them and welcome the challenges that come along with playing so many diverse styles of music. They feel that all styles of music are amazing and try to bring elements of all types of music into their writing. They are currently recording their new album which will be titled "Elevate".