19 reviews Gauche et Droite! 2013
It's punk, and a there's a heck of a collection of it here: two CDs
with 40 cuts and a big fat lyrics book. This band has been plugging
away for the past decade in Mesa, Arizona. Their sound is pleasantly
fuzzy and energetic, their lyrics clever and accessible. And by "accessible,"
I mean you can hear what Billy Goodman is singing without the cheat
Once you're though the little instrumental ear opener, there's a really
cool song: "Sounds Good to Me '83." The guys sing "It
was punk rock and now it's jock rock." True enough, punk has moved
mainstream to the point where the boneheads on the varsity team listen
to it and the little misfit kids have been driven off to Goth or dubstep
or whatever we hide out behind today. "Skateboarding Hurts"
is another nice bouncy mash-fest. It alludes to these Goths and how,
occasionally, they are willing to make out with the punks. (Just be
careful of the pointy fashion accessories.)
Both discs are riddled with gems like these, and the CDs are printed
to let the silver layer glow through the eyeballs of the band members'
portraits. It looks like their eyes are following you -- how creepy
is that? Its punk creepy, that's how creepy. -- Carl F Gauze
et Droite gets some love from Andy Hermann @ Metromix.com, featured
in over 60 cities nationwide! 2011
Latest release: Gauche et Droite
Who: Brothers Billy (guitar/vocals)
and Dale (drums) Goodman have been kicking around the Tempe, Ariz.,
rock scene for over a decade, with various bassists in tow. For the
first five of those years, they were almost insanely prolific, releasing
four albums, an EP and various singles and compilation tracks. Then
until this 40-track, double-disc opus.
What theyre saying:
You know those amazing rock bands you grew up with? Or wish you
had? You know. The Pixies. Built to Spill. The Replacements. The Necronauts
have swallowed them. Whole. Mike McQuillan, Yab Yum Music
What were saying: Listening
to Gauche et Droite is like discovering a really great college
radio station circa 1994the slacker-rock hits just keep on coming!
Just when you think Billy Goodmans songwriting cant get
any sharper, it does, culminating in the sunny yet sardonic Leslies
Deal, a Paul Westerberg homage masquerading as a mash note to
a female rock promoter. With 40 tracks (including some demos and alternate
takes, but still) and nary a misfire among them, the whole thing is
jaw-droppingly good. Like, Crooked Rain, Too High
to Die, Perfect From Now On good. Where have these
guys been hiding for the past five years? Andy Hermann
Listen: The Necronauts
- Ashes Over Idaho
et Droite receives 4 star review in Pennsylvania's
Daily News -- courtesy of Jeffrey Sisk 2011
Gauche et Droite It seems pretty clear to me that
half-brothers Billy and Dale Goodman spent a lot of time listening to
bands like Built to Spill, Dinosaur Jr., Pavement, Sonic Youth, the
Pixies and Fugazi while growing up in the suburban confines of Mesa,
Ariz. Since founding the Necronauts a decade ago, the Goodmans have
paid homage to those that influenced them through their own energetic
brand of indie rock.After a six-year wait, the Necronauts return in
a big, big way with Gauche et Droite, a sprawling two-disc,
40-track collection of tunes that represents the best work of their
career. Rock solid and occasionally spectacular from beginning
to end, it might be tough making it through Gauche et Droites
104 minutes in a single sitting. Unless, of course, youre planning
a long drive somewhere or are really, really bored one afternoon. Fortunately,
no matter what size musical bites you take, Im pretty sure youll
find the Necronauts quite tasty.
Disc 1 is (slightly) superior to Disc 2 with standout tracks such as
Land Survey (Put Another Bullet In the Chamber), Depredation
Medication, Firekid/Lovefriend, Gravity Is Not
Your Friend and On Fire. While not quite as consistent
(and bogged down with original versions of a half dozen
songs from the first platter), Disc 2 scores with the bluntly titled
S***, For the First and Last Time, White
Mouth and Too Fast for Johnny. Good stuff. (JS)
et Droite review @ BrooklynRocks NYC Music Blog
courtesy of Mike! 2011
Ive never heard of The Necronauts prior to receiving a review
copy of the bands sixth disc, Gauche et Droite. While The Necronauts
fall into the indie rock genre, this label is somewhat misleading
as this sprawling forty track / two-disc release has much more in common
with bands like Pavement and Sebadoh than with any of todays indie-rock
bands. This release is a welcome throwback to the days of lo-fi DIY
rock where, if a band got lucky, they might be able to break-out of
the get in the van underground with an appearance on MTVs
The Necronauts were formed
in the year 2000 by half-brothers Billy and Dale Goodman of Mesa, Arizona.
In their first four years, The Necronauts independently released five
albums, including a critically acclaimed self-titled EP in 2004. Recording
for Gauche et Driotte began in 2005 and singer/guitarist Billy Goodman
said I intended it to be a double album. I talked a lot of shit
and opened my mouth about making this epic album, I had to keep my word.
Ill never make that mistake again.
The 2CDs show the evolution
of the band's songwriting process as Disc One (Gauche) contains
nineteen tracks of lo-fi slacker rock and Disc Two (Droite) contains
nine early versions of tracks from Gauche that are significantly
different from the finalized versions along with ten new songs. The
song titles are completely unrelated to the lyrical themes, as reoccurring
themes seem to be about dysfunctional people, relationships and the
silliness of following the implicit rules of a given scene.
On top of the bands general skepticism, they seem to have a particularly
negative outlook toward organized religion. This somewhat cynical outlook
isnt immediately obvious as it is delivered amidst catchy, sing-along
melodies and memorable musical hooks.
The song Skateboarding
Hurts (video below) is about dysfunctional relationships.
For anyone who shot
up on The Minutemen and Meat Puppets in the 80s and Pavement
and Sebadoh in the 90s, this is essential listening.
Gauche et Droite contains
a 30-page booklet with lyrics, artwork by Dave 'Luster Kaboom' Quan.
attack" courtesy of Jarret Keene @ Vegas
Plenty of 90s, slacker-era rock bands are reuniting these daysfrom
Pavement to the Pixies. But wouldnt it be nice to catch a (relatively)
new, young band evoking the downcast energy of that decade while flying
the flannel for fiercely nonfinancial reasons? Lucky for us, then, that
Mesa, Ariz.s The Necronauts are playing Yayo Taco on Feb. 25,
and they seem to be blissfully unconcerned about cashing in on Gen X
Used to be alt-rock bands
didnt worry so much about having a trademark sound. Theyd
jump around stylistically for the sake of whatever muse they pursued,
often relying on more than one songwriter. Bands such as Firehose and
Fugazi and Janes Addiction and Hüsker Dü relied on more
than a single, primary songwriter, pushing the limits of any formula
they risked falling into, refusing to be pigeonholed, and preferring
to break up than settle for monotony. The Necronauts pay homage to that
time, making it sound like there are 20 writers in the band, even though
brothers Billy (vox, guitars) and Dale Goodman (drums) are responsible
for the music.
From the funky guitar licks
and killer scat singing of Ashes of Idaho to the highway-driving
pop-psychedelia of Stevies Deal, the Goodmans
recently self-released double album, Gauche et Droite, is a monstrously
good DIY masterpiece. Safe to say the band is quickly becoming an alt-music
Thats what people
say, says Dale during a recent phone chat in a Tempe, Ariz., bar
waiting for his girlfriends band to take the stage. Everyone
pins the 90s thing on us pretty strong, but at least people generally
seem to like us.
Well, most everyone. A few
critics chastised the bands first album for being too promiscuous
with too many genres.
Whatever we play is
always in our style, Dale says. So what if we sound like
two or three different bands? That shouldnt be a problem.
Its certainly not.
Now, where in my closet did I stash my flannel shirt collection?
review of The Necronauts Gauche et Droite 2011
Not unlike Arizona's beloved
Meat Puppets, the Necronauts are tough to categorize. This 2-CD set
finds the duo channeling the Pixies and other bands of that ilk on the
generous helping of 21 cuts on the Gauche disc (gauche et droite is
French for left and right) while the Droite sides are a little wonkier,
reminding of everything from British synth bands to the Velvet Underground
to surf-y garage rock. Probably the important thing here is not to worry
about comparisons; Gauche et Droite goes through as many enjoyable twists
and turns as a MGMT album and you won't regret the couple of hours spent
finding that out for yourself.
Necronauts are all kinds of awesome" courtesy of dez
@ azmusicconnect.com 2011
Its hard not to like, or at least respect, The Necronauts.
The Tempe band plays excellent music and gives you a lot of it. The
trio has been around for quite a few years, and released their fifth
album Gauche et Droite late last year. Its a wonder why the world
doesnt know about these guys.
The band consists of three
members, Billy Goodman on guitar, keys and vocals, brother Dale Goodman
on drums, and Jason Sukut on bass. Even with just a lineup of three,
the bands high energy indie rock is very full sounding. They employ
a mix of slower songs and faster songs and somehow employ an incredibly
diverse sound. Billy Goodmans voice seems to change on every song,
as if he was switching vocals cords like you could switch guitars.
Dont Want to Know Where Theyre Boldly Going
courtesy of Flagstaff LIVE! 2011
Since the release of their ambitious double album, Gauche et Droite,
Tempe-based band the Necronautscomprised of half brothers Billy
and Dale Goodman, plus an oft-changing cast of musicianshave been
heaping on the praise as they tour the country, garnering comparisons
to everyone from Built to Spill and Sonic Youth to Nirvana and the Pixies.
Catch their furious pop and hook-heavy rock n roll as they
return to Flag for a show at the Monte V.
et Droite gets an 'A' on Shakefire.com courtesy
of Jennifer Isbell 2011
Hey kids, do you remember when alternative when it really was alternative?
You know, NO ONE HAD EVER HEARD OF IT, and it didn't win Grammys or
get played on your parents' stations? Well then, "Gauche et Droite,"
the long-awaited fifth album from brothers Billy and Dale Goodman and
Chris Warmuth (i.e., The Necronauts) is right up your alley.
You get two discs of 40 pure
and raw and entirely enjoyable songs:
21 songs on disc 1 (gauche)
19 songs on disc 2 (droite)
That's a lot of music, peeps. Granted most of them clock in around the
2 1/2 minute mark, but WTH? This stuff is good. Is it perfect post-production
quality? Hell no, and thank goodness for that! These are not your typical
three-chord songs that spew angst, rather they are filled with meanings
that may deny the title (e.g., "Skateboarding Hurts" ain't
about skateboards) and hello, odd meter rythms! Ok, there may be some
angst, but it's so perfectly packaged, it's actually real. And you can
relate to it. All of it.
The Necronauts cite Sonic
Youth, Sebadoh, Pavement, Pixies, Nirvana, Fugazi, and Built to Spill
as some of their influences, but honestly I hear more than that, but
I just can't put my finger on what it is. All I know is that I like
it and will be listening to this record a lot.
cameo in Dave LusterKaboom Quan's Magical Moments 2011
Java Magazine's Gauche et
Droite Review by Mitchell L. Hillman 2010
Yum Music "Gauche et Droite" Review 2010
I read a lot. Over the years, this habit has earned me nicknames such
as nerd, poindexter, and Dude, you need
to get laid. And while there is a sliver of truth to these accusations,
I hope to use my bookish habits as an illustration tool in this, my
review of The Necronauts Gauche et Droite.
A month or so ago, I attempted reading Homers Iliad. This epic
struggle between Achilles and Agamemnon, with the meddling of the gods,
was fucking awesome
while I was reading it. The problem was, every
time I put it down and went to start again, Id think about the
600-odd pages of epic poetry before me. I ended up feeling overwhelmed
and never finished.
Gauche et Droits one
weakness, the one thing keeping it from being my favorite local album,
maybe ever, is its sheer enormity. Two CDs, 40 tracks. Not one a dud,
but I just cant take it all at once.
Where to start? You know
those amazing rock bands you grew up with? Or wish you had? You know.
The Pixies. Built to Spill. The Replacements. The Necronauts have swallowed
them. Whole. And, like the girl in Nightmare on Elm Street IV that gains
the abilities of her dead friends, The Necronauts became a hybrid of
the aforementioned bands, a bunch more from college rocks heyday,
and their own Tempe-bred frustrations.
Translation: seriously great
Some highlights: Land
Survey (Put Another Bullet in the Chamber) is Dinosaur Jr. on
a particularly good day. Old Highway 666 is the kind of
menacing rock n roll your pastor warned you about.
Droite, the second CD, is
a collection of B-sides, demos, and original versions. If anything,
it shows that the band takes their music seriously long before putting
the finishing touches on. If this were their entire album, they would
deserve kudos nonetheless.
There is a flip-side to the
album being so long. Its a lot of great music. Perfect for parties
where the keg is PBR. Perfect for a burst of energy before work. So
what if it isnt a headphone album?
And I cant help but
think the albums length is a big fuck you. To who,
Im not sure. Conventional album lengths? Those Tempe musicians
stuck in 94, still trying to make the next Gin Blossoms single?
Or maybe to the parts of themselves that thought they couldnt
do it. Well, they did it. And they made one of the best albums to come
out of the Valley in a long, long time.
Watt fucking remembers us! 2012
(from 2nd heapin' helpin' of 3rd opera tour diary)
raul takes south on I-17, I konk on the back seat and pop when we pull
up to the venue we're working tonight here in phoenix, "the crescent
ballroom" to give directions where to load in cuz I was here for
a fIREHOSE gig opening for m. ward just here last april. the weather
is warm but not broisting, very mild. we soundcheck w/knobman daniel
who is very cool people and then I chow a barbacoa burro (sic) from
the kitchen here, I dig it. the necronaunts (tee hee) are opening -
I think I played w/them in tucson before, maybe w/my secondmen like
eight years ago... my memory, aaarrrgggghhh - but maybe I'm write. I'm
really tuckered and go to the boat to konk.
Dale Goodman immortalized
by Satan's #1 Monk, Jeff Owens!
Music Review July 2008
July 5 2008 Emperors of japan, Necronauts, and Former Friends of
american kids @ the Monte Vista live concert review
OF AMERICAN KIDS)
As we walked into the Monte Vista hotel and lounge we noticed that the
first band had already taken the stage; Former friends of American kids.
Nothing caught my eye really other than the bass player was wearing
a graduation robe and cap for no particular reason, there was no definite
gimmick with this band, and the lack of energy on stage and involvement
with the audience, they just didnt seem too into it. The entire
band consisted of a drummer, the guitarist (that was also lead vocals)
and the bass player. Im not sure what was with the back-up singer,
she just stood there and hummed a couple of lines per song. Since were
on the topic of songs, Ill get into their music. It had a very
chill vibe which was appropriate for the small setting and
the lighting they had on stage with shades of blues and greens also
fit their sound. After listening to a couple of their songs it felt
tired and boring. Many of the guitar riffs sounded alike and were very
simple and most of their songs sounded like something you would here
in the background of a movie, or the tracks you would hear at the end
of an album
for the ENTIRE set. Most of their songs also sounded
the same from what we could hear, there was a lot of feedback from their
instruments and the entire thing sounded underwater. They
could be considered ambient rock and if thats what
they were going for, they met expectations but did not exceed them which
in turn left us with the feeling of being let down. The one thing that
really got me in the end was the last song, there were multiple build-ups
with no resolution what-so-ever. Most would see this as a unique move
(if done right) but it wasnt this time and may have caused an
uncomfortable dissonance for the listener. On top of that the last song
dragged out way too long as if they were trying to lull the audience
to sleep before the next band. Over all this band is nothing too special
and I think they can do more.
Former Friends of American Kids gets a 4/10
Ah, the second band, theres nothing negative I can think to say
about this band. They were amazing. Set up and sound check went by pretty
quickly. While they were still setting up the drummer was nice enough
to grace us with a drum solo to keep us entertained. Before they even
started their set they said a few words and even threw around the names
of a couple of other bands, showing them support as well. Pretty awesome.
They got right into their music without hesitation and the audience
exploded with the energy they put off. Their sound was like funky punk
with their own heavier slant. I could even go to say that they could
be compared to a combination of the Chili Peppers and sublime with a
dash of punk. They themselves called it Indie Space Rock,
which pretty much sums it up. They definitely have their own style that
is nothing less of rockin. Everything from the guitar to the vocals,
the drums and bass, was awesome and next to perfect. The songs were
short, sweet and to the point. And they seemed to have as much fun performing
as the audience did watching them. As my buddy put it, this band
has their shit together! and I couldnt agree more. The show
was free that night, but we agreed that we would definitely pay to see
them again, given the chance. The last sond they played was an instrumental
piece that was darker and heavier than the rest of the set, a perfect
finale full of rockin guitar solos, smashin drums, and sick
bass. Unfortunately the set has to end sometime. The only thing I have
to say is that I would like to see them use more of those super-awesome
last song skills in future work and they just rock. They come at ya
with more energy than you know what to do with and with a variety of
sounds that will leave you wanting more.
The Necronauts get a:
(Emperors of Japan)
So here came the stars of the show. Set up took way too
long, as if they expected the audience didnt mind waiting for
them. The first song started out with a repetition of the same 4 notes
twanged out on a clean guitar over and over. At first I thought that
it was for sound check or maybe just a little jam before the set started
it wasnt, it was the song and it was horrible. Soon after the
bass and drums kicked in and again I have to say it was nothing special.
The guitarist was even wearing one of those pooh bear kids costumes
as a hat as if it was cute or unique which it wasnt. And again
like the first band, this band was full of slow redundant riffs that
most people could probably play in their sleep and the lyrics were incomprehensible
and the melodies dissonant. In fact, this could be compared to the first
band only louder with more feedback which was surprising considering
how long they took to set up. We were very disappointed and did not
stay for the entire set, but did however drop of some business cards
of a local costume designer at their merch table, maybe theyll
use them and at least be something to look at instead of another generic
Emperors of Japan
get a: 3/10
After the show, and after
writing this review, its clear that even though Emperors of Japan
were the headliners for this show, the Necronauts were definitely
the stars. I recommend checking them out so you, too, can experience
Arizona Republic 2005
Esquire Magazine April 2004
Get Out (Tempe, AZ) sometime 2003
Indie rock trio the Necronauts have chosen a fine title (translated
from Spanish it means fresh air) for their second disc.
... The new album hones in on an appealingly straightforward pop rock
sound that helps singer Billy G.'s skewed lyrical tales go down easily.
The majority of Aire Fresco was recorded live at downtown
Phoenix's cozy Modified Arts, and though the sound quality is primitive
at best, the charm of songs such as Familiar Burns and the
menacing Bound to the Ground come through unscathed. ....the
Necronauts have unearthed a gem...
Zia Zine Sept. 2002
Impact Press sometime 2002
The Necronauts Melodic Array of Change
High School Football Records
From jangly indie pop to driving punk rock to a wee bit of funk, The
Necronauts hop from genre to genre effortlessly. The Arizona trio's
tunes recall a number of alternative staples, particularly the Pixies
(hey, what indie rocker hasn't been influenced a little by the Pixies
over the past 10 years?). This is some good stuff from the Grand Canyon