In Session: Tim Goodspeed of We’re History
SARATOGA SPRINGS – I’ll never forget sitting backstage a few years ago waiting for my band’s time slot at a day-long festival. I, along with several other bands were all gathered at the Strand Theatre in Hudson Falls. As I’m going down the list of performers for the day, my eyes scanned the words, We’re History. “Name’s catchy enough,” I thought, so I made sure to check out their show. Damn, was I impressed. Here comes Tim Goodspeed, slinging an acoustic guitar – beating the hell out of it, too, if I say so myself – and delivering crystal clear vocals. While their current bassist, Kyle Rodd, was not yet a member, I still witnessed the burgeoning chemistry between Tim and drummer, Bryan Mearon. Both Tim and Bryan – at least every time I’ve seen them – seem to play the game of “Who Can Hit Their Instrument the Hardest.” One of the things I’ve always really liked about We’re History is that at each show I’ve seen, the band gives it their all. No matter the crowd size.
Over the weekend, I caught news from a little birdie (OK, I’m lying, it was Instagram) that We’re History is going to be releasing another record. Excited to see what was in store, I reached out to Tim for a chat. What follows below is our conversation. Continue reading to see what the band’s been up to, as well as other topics that we delve into over the course of our conversation. To catch them live, you can attend the upcoming Super Dark show, hosted by Desperate Annie’s in Saratoga Springs on Monday, January 24th. For more information on that show, click here.
Lucas Garrett: Thank you, Tim, for sitting down tonight.
Tim Goodspeed: No problem!
LG: How’ve you been?
TG: Not too bad! Working, grindin’, writing, playing. Mostly practicing, but…
LG: It’s been a big adjustment. I think I saw you for five minutes in August. We haven’t really had a conversation in a while. What’s new with you?
TG: Not a whole lot. Band-wise, we’ve recorded our second album and now we’ve been working on getting content and stuff built up to release that; which will be very soon!
LG: What’s the name of the album?
TG: It’s a doozy! It’s called The Immovable Object and the Unstoppable Force.
LG: Did Kyle have anything to do with that name?
TG: No, but he definitely approves of it! That was definitely me…driving home – we played First Night in Saratoga, the last one they did – and I had that thought on the way home that night. Just kind of popped in my head.
LG: That was in 2019, right?
LG: Yeah, I remember I played that with Mike O’Donnell and Chris Carey. That was one of the last shows I did before the pandemic.
TG: It was the second to last one we did.
LG: I remember when it happened, I was like, “Damn, this is going to be bad for a few months.” We’re in the third year now, right?
TG: Yeah. Things are just different. It’s difficult but I think it’s worth the try to make things work. I’ve always been good with adversity; things happening and it kind of gives me the chance to think outside of the box that I’m usually in.
LG: I played the same show that you did in August: GEM Fest.
TG: Yeah! You played right before us.
LG: I’m booking shows now, and I don’t know about you, but it feels weird! Everything that I knew about the process, I just don’t know. How are you handling the new environment of live music?
TG: It definitely is. I see everything through a different lens, that’s for sure. I try and remember how thankful I am that I still get to maybe do this every once in a great while. But, we didn’t play too many shows – and we have definitely played way less since. I’m just thankful to be up on the stage and play for people; I’ve kept busy, I’ve kept writing the whole time. When left to my own devices and no bandmates to slow me down, like, “Hey, maybe we should take a second on these songs.” I’ve just kept going.
LG: Are you still in the Pop-Punk outfit for this record?
LG: How many songs are on the new album?
TG: I believe eleven? I think eleven.
LG: Oh, that’s a lot.
TG: Yeah, it was a lot of songs but that’s how we roll. At any point in time, we’re always cultivating… like, “Hey, I got a new song. Want to try it out?” Then, we’ll work on it and we’re going to play it again and keep doing that. It kind of naturally happens that way. Eventually, we’re like, “I guess we have to record an album? ‘Cuz we have enough songs now!”
LG: How many songs did you write recently that are on the album versus songs that you’ve had in your catalog for a while?
TG: It’s kind of a mishmash, really. A lot of the songs happened and I think there was one that we ended up just writing randomly at one of the last practices before we went into the studio. It was one that I had brought in right at the beginning; before the pandemic. Half the album was written before the pandemic, and half of it post-pandemic. Well, not post… you know what I mean.
LG: Nobody really knows the answer to this question, including myself, but I gotta ask: What are you going to do with the album once it’s released?
TG: We are cautiously going to play a show here and there. We have some ideas we’re kicking around as to how to give an experience where you might not necessarily need to be there. You could be! But, you don’t necessarily need to be there and it can be something that anyone can enjoy. I really liked how that worked out; one of the best things about the pandemic – if there was the best thing – or close to it, was that bands started doing live streams. People became more musical, in a sense, ‘cause they’re just like, “I have all this energy! I have all this stuff! Let me just put it out there and you can see it, and everybody can see it.” It opened up a lot of things for me. I’m a glass half-full kind of guy. I try to be, at least.
LG: That’s a good way to be. I feel like that’s easier to do in the summer or springtime, than in the winter, you know? As far as playing out right now, I just don’t know what the hell to do.
TG: Yeah, it’s kind of scary. But, I don’t know if I can never not play out again.
LG: Yeah, I mean… it’s weird in the winter.
LG: I don’t know if you feel antsy, or as antsy as I do, but if you get back out there… I don’t want to risk it, you know? But…
TG: Wintertime has always been associated – with me, at least – with shutting myself in and writing and playing it cool. Everything’s kind of thrown off now, anyway. I’m just trying to steer through those feelings of extra anxiety to get around it, you know?
LG: For sure. When is the album going to be out?
TG: I would say around mid-February. We haven’t announced anything officially, yet. It’s looking like mid-February.
LG: Are you releasing it everywhere online, or…?
TG: Yeah! It’s going to be uploaded to all major streaming services for the masses to enjoy! Haha.
LG: How are you doing? Are you staying safe and everything?
TG: I am. I’m all boosted up. All vaccinated and good to go. The place I work is really cool about everybody wearing masks. Everyone is super safe and we’re all protective of each other. So, it’s nice. My circle’s small like it normally is, but it feels much tighter. You know what I mean?
LG: That’s great, and I’m glad to hear you’re doing well. Is there anything else you want to talk about before we wrap this interview up?
TG: I don’t think so, but thanks for getting ahold of me and having a talk with me. I really do appreciate it. It’s always good to talk with people who I respect and want to talk about music.
LG: Thank you, Tim, I respect you, too! Thanks again for your time, and I can’t wait to hear the album!
TG: Thank you so much, Lucas.