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Goodison- The First Frontline EP ( To be Released)



As we, the current members of Goodison, began constructing new material in the summer of 2005 we sat on a few different ideas with little inclination or idea of what was to come. Old discouraged member and front man of the band, Zac Bennett had left on a decision made mutually by all the current members and we were forced to re-imagine Goodison. The difference, at least as we saw it, between our musical ideology and other bands was that in all new mainstream, local, and scene – no matter how high or low we looked – there was a distinct monotony that existed in the track of most current bands. We thought; why can’t we have technical rhythms that resemble bands such as Snapcase, Meshuggah, Cave-in, and Refused, but still maintain a contextual existence with upbeat beats that personified qualities of almost dance-rock; bands such as The Kinison, The Fall of Troy, or Sparta? We wanted to be able to fit technical conceptions into a package that was presented to people in a new way, one where they could feel imagery, touch the gain, and rock out.
We had elected Andrew Stoeckel to be the new singer and voice of Goodison. Originally Nicholas Nealer was just a single guitarist, producing both rhythm and lead parts to all of Goodison’s material. Ryan Monoghan switched his role to fill in the shoes of bass guitarist. Ben Ramin remained comfortable behind his wooden sticks and drums and it seemed we were ready to rock again. With a brand new belt of songs, we were ready to pack into the booth with Ryan Vandeberghe of the Suicide Machines, to record an original version of “The First Front Line: Volume I EP,” but due to several constraints with scheduling from unseen forces, led us to abandon the project. After a few shows under our belts we decided that we'd be much more comfortable moving back to a two guitar lineup, so Ryan made an instrument change to guitar and the last member of Goodison, Joe Conger, was added to play bass. After concrete practicing, we were shaping up to be solid. Shows came now and then, but due to lack of connection and lack of material to distribute, we found ourselves slipping backward, some of our local “fan base” was getting slightly anxious about the release of Goodison demos. The result was a quick swift kick for the entirety of the band, we needed a jump start and it hit us smack in the face. Good friends of ours, The Lucency, had recorded a demo through Eric James Ackerman of Audiomite Productions and immediately we knew that he was our guy.
Goodison, after months of hesitation, finally booked studio time. The beginning of the process was a bit rough in terms of scheduling, it smoothened out quickly and after three weeks of recording and mixing, our songs are finally ready, “The First Frontline: Volume I EP” is ready to be released. In the three and a half days our music has been on Myspace, it has accumulated over 750 plays. With a solid EP in the works, and stellar reviews and support from listeners we're looking stronger and more promising as a band everyday.