Episode 036: Dan Schwartz (Good Old War)
Good Old War’s new album, Broken Into Better Shape, was just released a few weeks ago, but it’s already in contention for one of my favorite albums of the year. Combining the band’s knack for picture-perfect folk with a newly tuned melodic precision, songs like “Never Gonna See Me Cry” and “Tell Me What You Want From Me” seem destined to find a home on a radio dial near you. But this is the culmination of years of hard work for the Philadelphia-based band; rising from the ashes of Fueled By Ramen act Days Away, Good Old War have been making music together since 2008 and have released four studio albums. They also serve as Circa Survive singer Anthony Green’s backing band, which, as you’ll hear in this episode, allows them to step outside of the classic Good Old War sound and embrace some weirder tendencies.
I caught up with Dan just shortly before the release of Broken Into Better Shape to chat about the band’s history, how their work with Green impacts how they approach making music with Good Old War, why you should never give up on an idea, and much more. Thanks for listening!