BE GOOD release new wonky-pop single Not Waking Up along with debut EP God of Nowhere
Self-described as ‘music for midnight walks and dancing in the nude’, Oxford quartet BE GOODhave captured attention with a sound that is silky smooth, whilst maintaining just enough rough edges to stay warmly endearing. Steadily they’ve released a handful of R&B inflected alt-pop jams into the world, and now they’re pulling together a collection of these into debut EP God Of Nowhere. Explored across the 6 tracks are themes of ending relationships, the loss of religion, disconnection and more – all through the late night suburban lens the band have firmly established as their voice.
Central to this collection is Not Waking Up; a slinky, infectious effort accompanied now by a artful video replete with vivid imagery. The track’s ominous opening chord ushers in bobbing R&B rhythms, atop which mellow synths glide and wobble, and frontman Ash Cooke’s honeyed vocals deliver by turn resigned and defiant lyrical hooks.
Discussing the inspiration for the tune, Cooke says: “The song is about the time I woke up on New Year’s Day covered in soot because I’d slept in a fireplace at a house party – the prick who was having the party wouldn’t let me sleep anywhere else. Crawling out of the fireplace the next day felt strangely like a rebirth”, continuing he elaborates “In the end the track ended up touching on themes of disconnection and renewal, but you can really just take it as a groggy party anthem for the sleep-deprived”.
The band formed after vocalist Ash Cooke and drummer Charlie Clarke met at a ceramics club, and then bonded over nights listening to rap music in a South East London flat. Relocating toCooke’s hometown Oxford they enlisted James Cunning (synths)and Patrick Burley (bass), to start a band in response to small-town suburban boredom. Naming themselves after 96-year-old chemistry professor John B. Goodenough, they started releasing tracks in earnest – early singles came out via boutique labels Kitsuné and Communion.
Support has so far come from BBC Radio 1, BBC 6 Music, The Independent, Complex andDIY; Glass Animals also picked EP single Moving Staircase out for their own curated playlist. They’ve shared stages with The Big Moon, Fontaines D.C. and local buddy Willie J Healey, with appearances at Latitude and Truck Festival.
God of Nowhere is the debut EP from BE GOOD and is out today.