Drenched in hazy rich harmonies, ringing guitars, and horns, the mysterious El Goodo are a ’60s influenced psychedelic pop band from the village of Resolven in South Wales.
The band’s eponymous self produced debut album was released on the Super Furry Animals’ label, Placid Casual, in late 2005 and the band opened for SFA on their subsequent UK tour in 2006. The album was released in the U.S. on Empyrean Records in October 2006.
Following in their own meticulous manner, El Goodo returned five years later in 2010 with their second album, Coyote, which was mixed by Cian Ciárán of the SFA; it was released on Dell’Orso Records in the U.K. and Grease Records in the United States.
For their next project, El Goodo set up their own 16-track recording studio in an abandoned movie theatre in their hometown’s Miners’ Welfare Hall and after eight years, in September 2017, finally shared their work with fans on their third album, By Order of the Moose.
August 7th 2020 will see the release of only their fourth album in a 20-year career, Zombie.
The result of a rapid-fire period of easy-come recording at the legendary Rockfield Studios in the company of experimental producer, Tim Lewis (aka Thighpaulsandra, a Julian Cope collaborator and former member of Spiritualized), El Goodo’s 13-track long player gathers loose ends from the band’s stop-start lifespan, as well as brand new songs exploring parenthood, losing parents and – tangentially – Spanish surrealist film.
Featuring over 20 musicians – including core members Pixy Jones (lead vocals/guitars/keys), Elliott Jones (drums), Jason Jones (vocals/guitars) and Andrew Cann (bass) – the album welcomes contributions from Sweet Baboo/Stephen Black (Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Flute) and Welsh Music Prize-nominee, Eugene Capper (violin/slide guitar). The Grey Tower itself is assembled of 17 players, finessing the ride between bright, sun-dappled hippy pop and intense, squally fuzz with saxophone, harmonica, heavy strings and a Baldwin Electric Harpsichord.
An incomparable world of bug-eyed, harmony-rich folk-pop-psych-alt-country-rock lies in wait for intrepid listeners as the best Welsh band the world nearly forgot, El Goodo, return!