At one level throughout his interview with HollywoodLife, Goldfinger founder, vocalist, and guitarist John Feldmann says, “I wanted to get again to my roots and make a ska punk report.” That homecoming, of kinds, was 2020’s Never Look Back, a landmark album within the band’s storied historical past. It marked the return of authentic guitarist Charlie Paulson, becoming a member of a lineup that features Philip Sneed of Story of the Yr, Mike Herrera of MxPx, and Nick Gross of girlfriends. The critically-acclaimed album receives the deluxe therapy right now (Aug. 5), with 4 new songs and three re-recordings of previous hits, two of which characteristic visitor vocals: “Superman,” with Simon Neil of Biffy Clyro; and “Right here In Your Bed room,” with Avril Lavigne.
If that wasn’t sufficient to get the ’90s/early 2000s hearts all a’flutter, Travis Barker co-wrote the 4 new tracks and performs drums on them and the brand new re-records. “He undoubtedly has an enormous songwriting impression after I work with him,” John tells HollywoodLife, referring to how he produced blink-182’s final two albums – 2016’s California and 2019’s NINE. Nonetheless, John’s relationship with Travis goes past the recording studio.
“Yeah, he’s my neighbor, and he’s an outdated, outdated buddy again from The Aquabats days, and he’s the best drummer ever to have lived,” he says. “So I would like him to play on every little thing I do, however he’s a busy man. He was capable of make this work as a result of we made the report throughout the pandemic, and I wouldn’t have – I imply, this report wouldn’t exist if it wasn’t for the pandemic. I might’ve simply continued to work with different artists, however I wasn’t capable of have artists come into my studio.”
“I needed to lock down and simply write these songs, after which I’d name Travis over to play drums,” he continues. “After which I’d ship the session as much as Mike Herrera up in Bremerton, Washington. I despatched them over to Phil in St. Louis and Charlie at his place downtown. And we simply all did our elements and our personal little [studios]. It was a one-of-a-kind report I’ll hopefully by no means must repeat. I imply, it was superb, however I like being with folks after I report music.”
That heat can be felt on one of many standout deluxe tracks – “Right here In Your Bed room,” which transforms into one other track, due to the addition of Avril’s voice. “Making these new recordings was simply unimaginable,” says John. “And I really feel like we’ve given these songs a brand new life. Clearly, having Avril sing on it was an enormous blessing. Having Biffy Simon from Biffy Clyro sing on ‘Superman’ was unimaginable.”
“It got here to be, actually, in a pure method,” he shares. “These weren’t like some compelled options, the place we had a supervisor attain out to a different supervisor. Avril was at my home, making Love Sux. And I’m like, ‘I had the re-records,’ and you already know, she advised me, she goes, ‘Once I was 15…’ I believe she was courting Deryck [Whibley] from Sum 41. I believe we have been taking part in a present with them. And he or she stated her first stage dive was at a Goldfinger present when she was 15. And so it’s come full circle that now she’s singing on our first hit on a Goldfinger report, which, making it a duet, can be such a cool twist on the entire thing, you already know?”
One other motivation behind the re-records? It was an opportunity for John to regain management of his band’s legacy. “Part of it, I needed to personal the masters,” explains John, “being that I’ve received my very own report label, and I need to have possession. I don’t personal any of the stuff we recorded for the foremost labels again within the day. It’s simply clearly the best way we got here up, and I’m actually grateful we had these alternatives, however now that I’m a grown man, I need to have possession in it.”
Although they’re grown, the glimmer hasn’t light on Goldfinger. The band shines on the deluxe version of By no means Appears Again, and the 4 new songs – “Excellent,” “3AM,” “Searchlight,” and “Damaged In Paradise” – present a whole image of the band’s musical perfective. Hovering vocals, emotionally charged lyrics, and surging punk rock manufacturing create a listening expertise that can resonate with new followers and those that have been following the band for the reason that late 90s.
Although the recording course of wasn’t excellent, the ensuing By no means Look Again acquired rave evaluations from locations like Kerrang, Alternative Press, and Wall of Sound. Many referred to the album as a return to kind for the band, which was fairly intentional.
“I work with so many artists,” says John, whose manufacturing discography options everybody from 311 to Korn to 5 Seconds of Summer season to Mod Solar. “I used to be doing a lot emo-trap, and I used to be doing… I made a part of a rustic report,” he says. “I used to be making these metallic data with like Atreyu, and Ice 9 Kills. And I simply wanted to make a ska punk report. I wanted to get again to my roots and make a ska punk report.”
“Once I had the completed songs, I despatched all of them the Matt Appleton who performs in Actual Huge Fish out in Vermont. And he did all of his elements on the market,” continues John. “However in the long run, we did make a traditional. I believe this report and The Knife are two of our followers’ favourite data, which is loopy as a result of they’re each made over the past ten years. And it’s loopy how we will nonetheless connect with our viewers though it’s been a minute since we began the band.”
When requested why the sound of the 90s punk scene is taking maintain of contemporary audiences, John factors to 2 years of every little thing getting “actually heavy throughout the pandemic” and that folks wish to “loosen up a bit of bit and simply keep in mind what it’s wish to have enjoyable.”
“Everybody was caught at dwelling and considering, ‘What’s going to occur? Is everybody going to die? And what’s going to occur with this virus,’” he says, “I believe that [90s punk] sound likens you to partying, to going out, to being with mates, to only singing alongside and having enjoyable. I believe that popping out of the pandemic and when that sound actually got here again, it simply is smart. We’re caught at dwelling listening to Billie Eilish, and now we’re going round bopping to Willow. It’s only a completely different factor, completely different vitality. And I really feel like time… It’s been twenty years for the reason that form of explosion of Inexperienced Day and Blink and all that stuff for the reason that mid-nineties. It’s simply time. It was time for a comeback.”
Maybe the world is primed for a Goldfinger comeback – however has the band ever actually gone away? Merely point out Tony Hawk Professional Skater to somebody over the age of 18, and likelihood is they’ll begin singing the opening lyrics to “Superman.” Actually, days earlier than John spoke with HollywoodLife, a video went viral of Tony Hawk leaping on stage with The 900 – a Tony Hawk Professional Skater cowl band – to sing “Superman” to a packed home.
So I went to see a Tony Hawk cowl band in a small bar in East London and @tonyhawk confirmed up and sang some songs. WHAT THE ACTUAL HELL. @SignatureBrewE8 pic.twitter.com/xxPSQro2Pt
— Isabel Davies (@IsabelDavies_) July 30, 2022
The lyrics – particularly the strains of “So right here I’m, rising older on a regular basis / Wanting older on a regular basis / Feeling youthful in my thoughts” – resonate with any millennial or GenXer every time they move by the mirror, and John acknowledges this. “I believe after you hit like 18, you begin feeling outdated, older, however at 55 it undoubtedly hits me differently than it did after I wrote the track at 25,” he says. “In some methods, I really feel youthful than I used to be then. As a result of there are such a lot of issues in my life that I do know that I simply love doing and I need to do for the remainder of my life, the place again then I used to be like, ‘am I really going to make it?’”
“My dad would at all times inform me, ‘You’re by no means going to make it within the music enterprise,’” he continues. “It’s a cutthroat, gnarly enterprise. And so I didn’t know. However we received signed in 1994, and now we’re in 2022. So I believe I’m all proper. There’s additionally a way of calm that comes with age too, that you simply’re not continuously attempting to show your self and continuously hustling with like, ‘hey, hey, hey, have a look at me, have a look at me, have a look at me. I don’t really feel like that anymore.’ You recognize? In order that a part of the track resonates method completely different for me.”
“Superman” will proceed to endure, together with “This Lonely Place,” “Mabel,” “See You Round,” and the remainder of the Goldfinger discography. “The final exhibits we have been taking part in earlier than the pandemic, it was like there are tons of oldsters with their youngsters and their teenage youngsters are discovering our band as youngsters, and their mother and father grew up on it,” John says. “That’s the beauty of being a legacy act and persevering with to make music. It’s like we gained so many followers on The Knife that, I really feel like our viewers is so well-rounded age-wise. It’s loopy.”
The query is now, who would Goldfinger have sing on the re-recorded model of “This Lonely Place” if the band determined to revisit it? “I imply, Gwen Stefani can be superb on that track,” says John, recalling Gwen’s time in No Doubt. “I imply, she’s the most effective, and yeah, that may be rad. However, like I stated, I don’t love to do something except it’s pure, except it appears like that is meant to be.”
Time will inform. Till then, followers can sit up for listening to Never Look Back performed for the primary time when Goldfinger hits the highway within the fall/early winter.