Taking cues from Sunday morning soul, RnB and the classic songwriting of the 80s, BE GOOD make velvety off-kilter pop that needs to be listened to through headphones in the dead of night.
Despite their relative infancy as a band, the quartet from Oxford already seem like silky-smooth masters of their craft, with 2019 EP ‘God Of Nowhere’ sounding like Hot Chip at their most downtempo, tender and inward-looking.
How would you describe BE GOOD to a stranger?
“Wonky pop for dancing in the nude.”
Who are the biggest influences on your sound and why?
“We try to channel a lot of RnB, 80s pop and funk influences through a warped lens of suburban boredom. We’re inspired by songwriters who can talk about small moments and feelings with cinematic intensity – Paul Simon and Frank Ocean are pretty good examples of that. Toto and Steely Dan find their way into our music too.”
What was the best gig you’ve played so far?
“Our last headliner at the Bullingdon in Oxford was pretty special. It was just before we put out our record ‘God of Nowhere’, and that show was a real celebration with so many friends and musicians we love. We also played with Sunset Rollercoaster in Brighton and it was an absolute dream.”
You’re based in Oxford – what’s your local music scene like?
“The Oxford music scene is really flourishing right now and it covers such a wide landscape in terms of musical styles. There are a lot of artists with strong and varied identities appearing, plus the live scene has really picked up and people are really supporting each other. A few artists like Low Island and Willie J Healey are breaking out and absolutely smashing it at the moment.”
Who are the THREE other new artists we should listen to right now and why?
“I’d check out LVRA, Theo and Premium Leisure. LVRA’s production is nuts, Theo has an absolutely amazing voice and Premium Leisure are so good live it makes me want to give up playing music.”
And finally, what does the rest of 2019 hold for BE GOOD?
“We’ve got a couple of new singles coming very soon, we’ll be touring the UK in November and in the meantime we’re finishing off writing and recording our second EP. We also recently started some Twitter beef with Donald Trump. He hasn’t responded yet, but I know he’s salty about it.”