Good Old War is native to WXPN's neighboring town — Langhorne, Penn. — but the trio has been turning heads on the national scene with its catchy and refined self-titled indie-folk release. The band's name combines all three members' last names: "Goodwin," "Arnold" and "Schwartz." Rising from the ashes of the rock group Days Away, Good Old War has created one of the summer's most upbeat records.
With host David Dye, the three discuss the writing and recording process for their debut, along with their daily vocal harmonizing. On their most recent album, Good Old War continues its run of exquisite harmonies, uptempo instrumentation and honest, youthful lyricism. As the band alternately brings to mind images of 1960s doo-wop, whimsical folk and indie rock, Good Old War deserves credit for making simply appealing music full of great hooks. For this World Cafe session, the trio crowds around a single microphone for an intimate studio performance.