Much has changed musically for Good English since the release of its full-length debut “Radio Wires” in 2013. With a smoking new self-titled album set to drop at Blind Bob’s in Dayton on Friday, March 11, the rockin’ Rasmussen sisters, Elizabeth (vocals, guitar), Celia (bass) and Leslie (drums), finally have a product that captures its more muscular, garage rock sound.
“Making this album was an interesting process,” Elizabeth said. “We wanted to put something together because we hadn’t released anything since ‘Radio Wires.’ It’s unfortunate because we were just a different sound back then. It was still raw but it was a lot softer. The audience really reacted to the heavier songs we played, especially in Dayton. People here want heavy, dirty rock ‘n’ roll and we realized that so we quickly started writing new songs.”
Good English recorded the bulk of the album’s material with Micah Carli at Popside Studio in Troy.
“We had never worked with Micah but we had only heard good things about him so we decided to check it out,” Leslie said. “We did three songs with him and sold that as a very small EP. People loved them, which was really cool.”
Three different songs were recorded with Andrija Tokic at The Bomb Shelter in Nashville.
“We thought about doing a series of little EPs,” Elizabeth said. “We did a few songs with Andrija. We liked the vibe there but we really liked how the Micah stuff sounded so we decided to put all the songs together on an album. We went back in and recorded the last five songs with Micah. It wasn’t as planned out as we hoped but we knew the mastering would make it all sound cohesive.”
Mission accomplished. The 11 songs form a seamless blast of no-frills rock.
“We didn’t know what it was all going to be until we were done but it turned out well,” Celia said. “We were just champing at the bit to the give people what they were seeing live. It was killing us to play these shows and not have a product that was a true representation of us.”
“It was time and, miraculously, it came together really quickly,” she said. “We’ve been working with a PR firm out of New York that we met through mutual friends. They’ve been helping us and it’s been a really cool lesson in how it works. It would’ve been nice to have six months to really plan it instead of three-and-a-half months, but it worked out.”