Goodnight Fellows: Bubble Machines, Glow Sticks, and Rock And Roll

If you are into melodic pop/punk bands such as New Found Glory and Blink 182, then Goodnight Fellows is well worth seeking out.  An up and coming collective from the State of Colorado, the band has released several wildly infectious songs on iTunes and has gained an impressive following due to relentless social networking and their energetic live performance.  We recently caught up with one of the Goodnight Fellows to find out more about this promising new entity.  Break out the glow sticks and prepare to meet your next favorite band…

Introduce yourself, tell me what you do in Goodnight Fellows, and how long the band has been together.
Hey I’m Josh Urdiales. I sing for Goodnight Fellows. Mike Leach plays guitar, Erek Johnson plays drums and Carrington Beard plays bass. We’ve been together for about… 5 or 6 years.

Where is the band from and what is the music scene like there?
We’re all from Pueblo, Colorado which doesn’t really have a music scene at all, but Colorado Springs and Denver are just up the road from us and they both have very decent music scenes. That’s where we usually play.

Where did you get the name Goodnight Fellows from?
Everyone asks us about our name and we always just look at each other and shrug. Haha, we really can’t remember when or why we came up with it, but I wish we had a really cool story to tell people.  Oh well, maybe I’ll make something up someday

What is a live Goodnight Fellows show like for those of us who have yet to see you play?
Hopefully really fun! We try to get as funky as possible and make it a really fun and different experience for people. We have a bubble machine and we like to hand out glow sticks, so…it gets pretty interesting.

Tell me about your new song Best In Me and what inspired you to write the lyrics?
I was sitting in our van one night outside of our apartment complex (that’s the only place I could play or write without making our neighbors mad) and I was thinking about how our last E.P. was totally about trouble with girls and things not going good and I just wanted to write something happy and fun. So I put some parts together and we took it up to Hollywood and met up with our buddy Blake from Metro Station and finished it up. I hope everyone enjoys listening to it as much as we enjoyed making it.

Where do you get the ideas for some of your lyrics? Please cite two other songs and what the lyrics are about.
I got the idea for the song “Not a Thing” a while back when I was really into McFly and their style of music and how they had a really timeless sound and deeper lyrics; and I was in highschool at the time and wanted to write a love song that people could relate to and connect with. The song “Over with Me and You” is about an ex girlfriend of course, who kinda lost her mind after we had been off and on for so long and it was over for good once she finally heard the song. haha A song can be a really affective way to get your point across.

Being from Colorado, what made you decide to put out an EP called Arizona?
When we moved to Arizona we were just four young guys away from home for the first time. And as you could probably guess it was a pretty sureal and crazy. Once we recorded with Matt Grabe and were about to pack it all up and move back to Colorado, we kind of took a step back and looked at all the friends we made and times we had down there and the name “Arizona” just seemed to fit the E.P.

Who are some of the bigger bands you have opened for in the past and what was the experience like?
We opened up for The Summer Set back a while ago in Denver which was blast and was pretty much our first time playing with a really big band. We also opened up for Stereo Skyline back in Arizona and that night was absolutely insane. They’re some of the coolest dudes I know.

Any strange or unusual Myspace stories you could share?
Myspace stories? Well, way back when we first made our myspace, somebody or some people kept hacking it somehow and making our background like naked people and really disturbing stuff haha which really sucked. But we learned out lesson and made our password like 50 characters long.

If you could be a donut, what kind would you be and why?
I would have to say… chocolate with rainbow sprinkles because not only is it delicious, but it looks pretty cool too.

Has Goodnight Fellows ever played in the Los Angeles area or plan to do so in the future?
We’ve never played in Cali but we would really love to someday!

If there was one thing you’d like a listener to remember the most after hearing your band for the first time, what would it be?
I’d like for them to most importantly, remember our band name, haha so they can come back for a second listen if they liked it.

Any final words of wisdom?
Say no to drugs! and stay in school, unless schools not your thing…

(Interview by Kenneth Morton)

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