From the San Diego, CA music scene, Goodnight Caulfield has made their way across the country introducing themselves to a wide variety of music fans. The band has toured with Showbread, The Higher, and Between The Trees, gaining a good deal of notice from their energetic live shows and tremendously infectious music. With a brand new EP entitled Taking Shape unleashed, Goodnight Caulfield will once again be sending their musical hello’s to the masses all across the nation. Here is a recent interview we conducted with one of the Goodnight Caulfield members…
Introduce yourself, tell me what you do in Goodnight Caulfield, and how long the band has been together.
My name is Adam Cuadra and I sing for Goodnight Caulfield. The band has been around for a little over 4 years now.
Where is the band based out of and what is the music scene like there? Any bands in your area you could recommend?
We are based out of San Diego, California, a place with a heavier music scene. That being said, there is also a great scene for Pop/Rock. I am really digging a band called The Greater Heights right now – definitely worth checking out.
Where did you get the band name from?
The band name came from the book The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger. Holden Caulfield’s character is the epitome of negativity and depression and the portrayal of innocence lost. We wanted to put those feelings and that notion to rest and instead project positive music as well as a positive image.
Is there any story or concept behind the Taking Shapes EP title?
After The Masquerade and the tours, we went through a few lineup changes and decided to refine our sound a bit. We feel that our sound and image is more consistent than its ever been. Therefore “Taking Shape” seemed appropriate as the title for our new EP.
Select any two Goodnight Caulfield songs and what inspired you to write the lyrics?
The title track Taking Shape was influenced by the idea that the ultimate revenge on someone who used you is to follow your dreams and become successful. There’s a line in the song that says “watch me as my heart is taking shape” which makes the song a mental/spiritual coming of age song. Basically you’re growing up and have found who you are as a person, while others around you still struggle with their identity and define themselves by who they are with, as opposed to who they are.
The third track on our EP The Ghost in the Machine was influenced by the reality that “Hope” runs our lives. Me being a fan of horror movies, I took note that in most zombie movies the main characters are being guided to safety or sanctuary by a voice in the radio. This is the Ghost in the Machine which also translates to hope. One line in the song states ” All hail the ghost in the machine, if we don’t believe than we’ll all be swept clean.” which means without hope we will cease to exist or just become a part of the living dead.
What could one expect from a live Goodnight Caulfield show?
Energy! Energy! Energy! Did I say Energy? One should expect not just a show but an experience.
How did your tour with The Higher go and what were some of the highlights?
The tour went very well. It was definitely an eye opening experience that gave us insight into the current state of the music industry. Some of the highlights were meeting new people at every stop and the friendships we established with The Higher and Between The Trees.
How did The Showbread tour go? That sounded like a pretty long tour!
The Showbread tour was amazing and yes it was two and half months long to be exact lol. It was a very beneficial tour for us though because we were able to establish ourselves in many different markets outside our own.
To you, what is the very best and worst part about being on the road?
To me the very best part is being in constant motion, visiting new places and knowing that our music and our passion reached others in those new places. It is a very empowering feeling. The worst part is the extended times I’m away from home and family.
How has your sound changed or developed since the release of The Masquerade?
I would say our sound has become more consistent and a bit more edgy. We are traveling to the Rock side of the Pop/Rock genre we have been placed into.
Who produced the EP and what did he contribute to the band’s overall sound?
The amazing, incredible, all knowing Erik Ron produced our EP and has contributed not only musical guidance but pushed my vocal limits to places they had never been before. He is a musical genius that truly gets our sound.
What would you like a listener to remember the most after hearing your music for the first time?
I would like them to remember that artists with substance still exist. We are a band that prides ourselves on writing relatable songs from our own personal experiences.
Any final words of wisdom?
The music industry has become a very difficult place to navigate and we artists depend on fan support. So remember to support your favorite artist and follow your dreams.
Goodnight Caulfield is:
Adam Cuadra -Vocals
Sisco -Lead Guitar
Ian Douglas – Guitar
Wes Wenhold – Bass
Matt Clemens – Drums
(Interview by Kenneth Morton)
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