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Mellower Sound Is Good News



Who: The Good

THE GOOD has been a staple part of Newcastle's original music scene for the past five years.

But the trio has been noticeably absent from local stages lately.

For the past three months, bass player HEATHER BARNES and guitarist GARETH HUDSON have been hard at work trying to crack the UK scene with their new album, Move Along .

And their efforts have begun to pay off.

The Good has established a strong relationship with music venue THE FORUM and performed live on RADIO CLEVELAND, a set which proved so popular that they have been invited back.

Barnes and Hudson have been performing in acoustic mode, stripped back from the band's usual buzzing electric pop-rock sound, while drummer DEAN GEARING spends time in Canada.

Barnes said the band's acoustic shows had gone down so well that the pair planned to record a new acoustic album.

``We brought our new album, Move Along , with us and they've been selling really well at gigs, so much so that we have already shipped over an extra couple of boxes,'' Barnes said.

``But we felt that it would be appropriate to record a new acoustic album, as people have been really receptive to our performances in this format.'' While there have been many stand-out moments for the group during its time overseas, Barnes said a recent show at THE WHITBY REGATTA, in the sea-side town of Whitby, had been the highlight.

The Good played an outdoor show at midday and was lucky enough to escape the rain.

``It was absolutely glorious weather which was a bit surprising considering otherwise we have witnessed little else than rain, even though it's summer,'' Barnes said.

``We attracted a great crowd, sold scores of CDs, and the MC announced at the end of our set that we were the best live act that he has seen for a good 20 years!'' Next up for The Good is a series of showcase nights in October and November, including a show at THE HOPE AND ANCHOR in London.

``We plan to stay here in England well into next year, particularly if we keep getting the response that we have been getting so far,'' Barnes said.

Visit thegoodband.com for updates.



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