- Introduce us to your band!
We are Good Times & Company, an indie/alternative rock outfit based out of Springfield, IL. We play rock music our way. We also enjoy a good whiskey and cats and dogs.
- How did you guys start out?
I (Clint Kesinger- Vocals/Guitar) started an acoustic project called Good Times in 2013, then after a couple EP releases and some touring, I decided to bring in Shad Baldes on bass and Kyle Wells on drums, which prompted the name change to Good Times & Company. We put out 2 more EPs as a full band then added Keagan Cross on guitar. Since then we have just been writing, recording, and playing like the world is coming to an end.
- Describe your band’s sound.
Honest, catchy rock music.
- What influences your craft?
Life. Everything. We are ambitious and constantly looking at the world through an artistic lens. So, we take inspiration and influence from all we see. Struggles and conflicts always result in the best writing material, so often we will look within ourselves and find a way to convey our inner turmoil in song. Of course, the usual suspects, depression, drugs, happiness, death, and a yearning for something more are always shoving us into the creative well.
- What makes your band different? Why should people listen to you?
We are different largely because of where we are from. All of us are from rural Illinois, we didn’t grow up in a culturally diverse hub. Shad and I went to the same school in White Hall, a town of about 2500 people, so I can speak for us in saying that we had to learn how to become musicians. We had no reference of what was “cool”, so we did our own thing, created our own “culture”. Because of this we have emerged into this rock scene with entirely unique sounds, never influenced by trends. We keep that promise to ourselves, to always write from a place of truth. Our various backgrounds in rock, heavy metal, and some jazz have given us a lot of different flavour, and people should give us a listen to find a breath of fresh air. I can confidently say you will never confuse us with another band! You will be humming along in no time.
- When introducing people to your music, what song should I show them first? What is your quintessential track?
“The Sound”, from our second EP, ‘All American Grinder’. It captures our unique, often dark vibe.
- What has been the biggest struggle in your career so far?
Exposure. With us being from the rural Midwest, it is very hard to gain the popularity we might see in places like LA or NYC. We continue with steady momentum but must rely largely on social media, which is a “necessary evil” as Shad puts it. We have been lucky enough to reach audiences in the UK, Europe, Australia, and South America, but would like to see more engagement in the states.
- What has been the biggest highlight in your career so far?
Shooting the music video for “The Sound” is the most incredible thing we have experienced so far. We flew to LA and met with some very professional friends of mine in Red Creek Films, and in one weekend shot a great video of us in the desert. The entire weekend was just amazing and felt surreal. And the video turned out fantastic! You should check it out.
- How bright is the future of your band – what are the plans?
Very bright. Our goal is to create honest, well written, unique, catchy rock music. That’s it. The formula for us has been that simple. We never stop writing, so we have been putting out one EP or Album a year and it just keeps getting better and better. Our current plan is to put the finishing touches on our new album and record it in January 2019. We would really like to see our friends overseas, as we have become more and more popular in other countries. So, after we release this next album in 2019, our goal may be to take GT&CO international. Time will tell!
- When all is said and done, how would you like to be remembered?
As a band that stayed true to themselves and created honest, catchy unique rock music.