Good Friday is an alternative pop/rock band from Portland, Oregon. The band consists of Hayden McAllister (drums, trumpet, and background vocals), Eli Fissell (bass), and Dawson Kolstad (lead vocals, guitar, and piano).
How is 2019 treating you so far?
It’s been great, 2019 has been by far our best year as a band to date.
Have you released any music so far this year? If so, what can you tell us about that?
Yes, back in June we released our 2nd album, which we self titled “Good Friday”. In addition to pouring the last two years of our lives into it, we also worked with a producer who helped us to refine our sound; we couldn’t be happier with the outcome. The album tells the story of a character who combines experiences that our lead singer, Dawson Kolstad, and I, Eli Fissell, had over the last few years. A prominent theme is the search for identity that everyone has when coming into adulthood, and the anxieties and struggles that come along with that.
Are you working on any new music at the moment? What are you working on, and when will it be released?
Since our latest album was so recent, our main focus for the past several months has been promoting that. We’ve been touring, and making music videos for many of the songs on the album, so we haven’t had much time for songwriting. That being said, we do have several pieces that have developed just from messing around in rehearsal times, and I’m looking forward to when we can devote time to fleshing them out, and putting lyrics to them.
Have you got any upcoming tours planned? If so, where are you playing and where are you looking forward to going most?
Yes, we’ve actually been touring for the past three months nearly! Come August we are taking about 3 weeks at home in Portland, then we begin our fall tour! We’ll be playing all across the west coast, and also out as far as Utah and Colorado before heading home for the holidays. I’m probably most excited for our time in central California, just because we have a lot of friends down there we will get to hang out with.
Who/what has influenced you the most as musicians?
We’ve got influences over the map, from The Beatles, to U2, to Michael Jackson, to Kendrick Lamar. Obviously the amount they’ve influenced our sound itself varies from artists to artist, but those 4 have probably influenced the way we view songwriting and music as a whole the most.
What have you been listening to recently that you can recommend to our readers?
I wish I could offer some underground, diamond in the rough album, but unfortunately I’m no good at finding those. The album we’ve had on repeat the most while out on the road has been Rumors by Fleetwood Mac; It’s certainly a classic and worth a listen if you never have.
Why do you think people should pick up one of your records or come and see you live, and what can people expect from one of your shows?
Our goal with everything we do is connection, we want to make music that anyone can relate to, we want to create a personal bond with every audience we play for. So you can expect us to be jumping around, bringing people up on stage during the higher energy songs, then trying to create a focused and honest atmosphere for heavier songs. To close we love to play the song Hey Jude, because it’s one everyone in the room can sing along to by the end.
Any last words for the fans?
Just to follow us on Spotify and social media to stay up to date with where we are and what we’re doing, our Instagram is @goodfridaytheband and our Spotify is just called Good Friday!