The Good Luck Joes

The Good Luck Joes

 Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
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...the perfect mix of pop, rock, folk and garage into one highly delectable musical cocktail, the sound is smooth and satisfying...the melodies feel instantly familiar while the vibe shimmers like the best of warm summer days. Thoughtful lyrics make this a no-brainer.

Biography

Since their conception in 2002 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, The Good Luck Joes have caught the ears of discerning listeners (young and old), as well as some key movers-and-shakers in the music industry. The bands recent album, "What Do You Think of That Noise?," runs the gamut of the modern pop-rock spectrum. Between the summery, stadium-pop of "Middle of Me" and the ethereal electronic sounds of "Butterflies," lies a collage of garage, folk, classic rock, and modern top 40, each blended with a sense of playfulness into a brand of pop that has something all its own. With the help of Chad Fischer's (Colin Hay, Cary Brothers, Alexi Murdoch) production, the GLJs have refined a sound that treads nimbly around Harrison-esque guitar hooks, Coldplay's piano-driven grandiosity, and Wilco's intimate confessions-in-song

Live, at venues as varied as Milwaukee's Summerfest, NYC's Canal Room, Chicago and Cleveland's HOB, LA's Whisky-a-Go-Go and Viper Room, and on many college campuses, The Good Luck Joes have won fans with a charismatic and highly energetic stage presence. Audiences relate emotionally to the band’s lyrics, which are done justice by lead-singer Andrew Martin’s impassioned and honest delivery. Next to him are lead-guitarist Andrew Krei and keyboardist Andrew Citron, who both intrigue with their stage presence: at some moments they are pictures of stoic concentration while at others they move with exuberance and rock’n’roll abandon. And in the rhythm section are, surprisingly, two non-Andrews; Joe Scheltema and Peterson Goodwyn on bass and drums, respectively, provide the groove and kinetic energy that drive the bands performance.

Thanks to Planetary Group (AAA speciality), Tinderbox (College), JB Brenner and Jesse Barnett, Machine Records, and Platform One, more than 400 radio stations (both internet and traditional) have played songs from the band's albums. Lynn Grossman of Secretroad Management (Los Angeles) oversees placement opportunties for the music. "Middle of Me" from "Noise" was used in a national promotion for a new fall drama on ABC-TV, the GLJs were the featured artist for an episode of MTV's Real World Denver. "Frozen" and "Much Too Young" were featured on ABC Family's Kyle XY. Currently The Weather Channel's Epic Conditions series is using "The Fugitive" and "48 Hours" in episodes on heli-snowboarding and extreme mountain biking, respectively. Two new videos were recently completed for "Invincible" and "Middle of Me." The band released a 5 song EP, "Why Everything Goes Wrong," in the summer of 2007. Recorded at Smart Studios in Madison, WI, it is now available through iTunes and other digital sources. Physical copies can be obtained through CD-Baby.

Lyrics

Middle of Me

Written By: A. Martin

You and I are not what I call stable
We change our minds every day
From afar I watch you rock my cradle
But, alas, I never could complain
You always did come out and play

And it’s you, and it’s me
And it’s everything I mean
In a shade painted green
It was easier

But now you can’t see
But it’s right in the middle of me
It’s hard to believe
But it’s right in the middle of me

Me and you grammatically don’t work good
But it’s true, we bleed the same
In a queue I wait my turn to see if you and I can work it out
But in the end I’m sorry that I came

And it’s you, and it’s me
And it’s everything I mean
In a looking-glass self
It was easier

But now you can’t see
But it’s right in the middle of me
It’s hard to believe
But it’s right in the middle of me
I’m not what I seem
But it’s right in the middle of me
Looks can deceive
But it’s right in the middle of me

I know it probably seems naïve of me to think
We’d easily forgive and forget everything
But I think we should try it out and see what it may bring
‘Cause it’s you, and it’s me
And it’s everything

And I know you can’t see
But it’s right in the middle of me
It’s hard to believe
But it’s right in the middle of me
I’m not what I seem
Looks can deceive

The Fugitive

Written By: A. Martin

Scatterbrains and scuttlebutts
Stay awake all night so they can hear the news
It’s gonna be the end of all of us
Playing way too loud and breaking all the rules

In the shadows you wait just to make your escape
At the perfect juncture in time
You’re climbing the wall, to the window you crawl
It’s the only egress you can find

You can’t find me, you can’t catch me
I’m already gone
You keep chasing miles behind me
Always on the run

We sleep outside bars in rental cars
So that we avoid the city lights
And the cameras and movie stars
And the predators that only stalk their prey at night

In the mirror I see someone staring at me
With a devious look in his eyes
I slam on the gas in a move like a flash
And it’s only the engine that cries

You can’t find me, you can’t catch me
I’m already gone
You keep chasing miles behind me
Always on the run

Get away, get away
If it kills you
You gotta get away, get away
If it makes you weak
You gotta get away, get away if it kills you
Get away if it makes you weak
You gotta get away, get away if it kills you
Get away if it makes you weak

You can’t find me, you can’t catch me
I’m already gone
You keep chasing miles behind me
Always on the run

And they want me but
They can’t have me because
I’m a regular fugitive on the run you gotta come and get me

48 Hours

Written By: A. Martin

In 48 hours for the first time I’ll feel
The end of a story too good to be real
In 48 hours my thoughts will transcend
The line between loving and losing a friend

In 48 hours I’ll finally arrive
As news of the blackout slowly subsides
The worst I remember in seventeen years
Walk me to my car
We’ll hold back the tears

You can feel it on me
You can feel it grow on
You can feel it grow on me

In 48 hours you’ll be gone
And I’m standing alone where you belong
In a garden outside your suburban home
Where the stars all come out
And the moon’s always full

In 48 hours I’m in line to equate
A collection of theorems to rebuke and berate
Regarding a system of trinomial pairs
That climb through your windows
And slide down your stairs

You can feel it on me
You can feel it grow on
You can feel it grow on me

In 48 hours you’ll be gone
And I’m standing alone where you belong
In a garden outside your suburban home
Where the stars all come out
And the moon’s always full

I had to laugh in the end
I had to laugh like hell

Best Medicine

Written By: A. Martin

I tend to believe everything I read without question
Because I have no self-discretion
When I saw her name on a list of people I had once forgotten
I could not recall her face

Caught in the middle of
The taste of a strange kind
Still unaware of
The way you just waltzed in

Guilt and shame were jokes until you came
And my sweat ran red and knocked me to my knees
Fill me out, you left me with no doubt
That you’d hold me
When you told me that you can’t live on your own

Since you’ve been around, everything fell down
Then you picked me up to something that I’ve never been
Maybe I’m not sure, maybe you’re the cure
To everything that ails me
You are my best medicine

Caught in the middle of
The taste of a strange kind
Still unaware of
The way you just waltzed in

Guilt and shame were jokes until you came
And my sweat ran red and knocked me to my knees
Fill me out, you left me with no doubt
That you’d hold me
When you told me that you can’t live on your own

My Little Thief

Written By: A. Martin

Once in a while she travels down
To parts of the city I wouldn't be found
But she'll still say it's all for the best
She's three misdemeanors and resisting arrest

She's got a criminal past she doesn't want you to see
She's lies and deceit that's hiding beneath
A veil of seduction so tender and sweet
She might be stealing my heart but she's still my little thief

Once in a while she comes around
Looking for something, not making a sound
And if she finds you, you'd better run
'Cause she's not afraid to face the loaded barrel of a gun

She's got a criminal past she doesn't want you to see
She's lies and deceit that's hiding beneath
A veil of seduction so tender and sweet
She might be stealing my heart but she's still my little thief

She doesn't know the way the things she does affect me every time
She doesn't know the way the things she does affect me
Every time she's walking by

Once in a while I get afraid
She's coming to get me and I can escape
But when I touch her she treats me so nice
I think I'm in heaven but then I think twice

She's got a criminal past she doesn't want you to see
She's lies and deceit that's hiding beneath
A veil of seduction so tender and sweet
She might be stealing my heart but she's still my little thief

Invincible

Written By: A. Martin

We were invincible so we drove fast cars and drank too much
The cigarettes didn't help too much but we always kept our Kool
'Till one day you were gone and we figured out we're not that strong
Understood we don't last so long

Alone on the perimeter you're telling the lost souls all the things you were afraid to say inside
Now you're at the gates you think you washed your hands of everything
You think that you've got nothing left to hide
But you would

We were invincible for a little while, but enough to find
All things must pass sometime
And on my dying bed I ask you grant this last request
Promise me you'll do your best to work this damn thing out

Alone on the perimeter you're telling the lost souls all the things you were afraid to say inside
Now you're at the gates you think you washed your hands of everything
You think that you've got nothing left to hide
But you would

I just wanted you to know

Two Drifters

Written By: Andrew J. Martin


Secretly she hides beneath the makeup on her skin
Her dark, painted eyes, just a trick taught by a friend
The hair across her face, it just might get in the way
Conveniently it’s placed in a style that makes it stay

I think she’s getting close
To loving again
I think she’s getting close
To finding reasons to live
When the light hits the pavement
It’s a lonely shade of grey
When the light hits my eyes
It’s a lonely shade of grey

I had let her go when we were still quite a pair
She left in the morning, when I left she wasn’t there
Now we’re just two drifters on the far ends of the map
Looking for ourselves and trying to get the other back

I think we’re getting close
To loving again
I think we’re getting close
To finding reasons to live
When the light hits the pavement
It’s a lonely shade of grey
When the light hits my eyes
It’s a lonely shade of grey

I am off to find the place where she has gone
But I have been so lost, I forget from where I’ve come
If you see her around could you tell her that I said
I never should have left, and now I’m tangled in regret

I think I’m getting close
To loving again
I think I’m getting close
To finding reasons to live
When the light hits the pavement
It’s a lonely shade of grey
When the light hits my eyes
It’s a lonely shade of grey

Discography

2009: Selected to perform theme song for Fox Sports Detroit's spring promotions
2009: "Middle of Me" used in trailer for Jennifer Anniston movie, "Love Happens"
2008: "The Fugitive" in PASTE Beat compilation for American Airlines on flights worldwide during September
2008: "Middle of Me" video selected by Fuse TV On Demand to run during August
2008: "Middle of Me" is nominated for "Best Pop Song" by the LA Music Awards
2008: ABC Family Channel features the Joes on the network's website music blog. ABC Family's "Greek" airs "The Sun Explodes" and "Butterflies" from "What Do You Think of That Noise?" on the season's first two episodes; "Middle of Me" from "Noise" airs in May.
2007: Finalist in Album Design and Poster categories for Independent Music Awards
2008: National Public Radio program, Day to Day, aired "Best Medicine" and "Middle of Me"
2007: "Sonicbids Listens" CD, Vol. 4: "Invincible" selected for inclusion in this widely-distributed disc.; selected by Indie Revolution Radio for play on 100.9 FM, New York.
2007: Blogs, internet radio (bglradio.net, chicago.insomniaradio.net, InsomniaRadio, etc.) podcasts (podcast.indielaunchpad.com, etc.) across the US review and play GLJs' new EP and videos (singingfool.com, WindowsMedia.com, Insomnia, etc.); video included on Windows Media site
2007: ABC Family Channel prime time series, Greek, licenses "The Sun Explodes" for upcoming episode
2007: ABC Family Channel prime time drama, Kyle XY, uses all of "Frozen" and part of "Middle of Me"
2007: The Weather Channel's Epic Conditions series (Warren Miller Productions) uses "The Fugitive" (heli-snowboarding) and "48 Hours" (mountain biking). The Travel Channel ("Wave Chasers") licenses "The Sun Explodes."
2007: Summerfest Emerging Artists compilation CD ("The Fugitive"); Stone Creek Coffee compilation CD
2007: Shatter Records A&R Compilation CD; "All States All Stars" Music For Troops CD Compilation
2007: MTV Real World Denver: Featured Artist; "Middle of Me" and "Best Medicine" on MTV Real World
2007: NPR's Day to Day uses "Middle of Me" for "musical interlude"--link added to NPR website
2006: "Middle of Me" on ABC TV to promote "6 Degrees" fall prime time drama
2006: Radio Airplay - "Middle of Me," "48 Hours," "The Sun Explodes" and "The Fugitive" played on over 400 AAA Commercial, AAA Non-com, and College stations
2006: "Butterflies" on NPR syndicated program "Day to Day"
2006: "The Sun Explodes" in Sampler for OnMilwaukee.com
2006: "The Fugitive" in Sampler for Midwest Music Summit, Cincinnati
2006: "48 Hours" featured by Elevate Film Festival, Los Angeles
2006: LP - "What Do You Think of That Noise?" - Third Ward Records
2005: "48 Hours EP"
2004: Self-titled LP - "The Good Luck Joes"
*All releases available on iTunes*

Set List

Sample Set List:
1. The Fugitive
2. My Little Thief
3. Letting Go/Hanging On
4. Invincible
5. Best Medicine
6. Work Out
7. The Peter Principle
8. ATM Machine
9. The Sun Explodes
10. Butterflies
11. Frozen
12. No You Don't
13. Always Be Around
14. 48 Hours
15. Middle of Me

Typical sets range from 45 minutes to an hour and a half. All of our material is original, no covers.