Band took the 'long road' with second album

Kingston band Goldwing just released its second record, Love Sick, which took more than three years to complete. (Shayne Bampton/Supplied Photo)

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Things don’t always go the way we want them to. Just ask Kingston’s Goldwing.

“It’s been a long road,” frontman Ryan Gollogly reflected on the recording of Love Sick, which was finally released this week.

There are a couple of reasons it took the band almost four years to release the followup to its eponymous first album.

It started when producer Geoff Chown, with whom the band had been recording for a year, got offered a job doing the sound for Kingston’s The Glorious Sons when they were on tour. He said yes and relinquished his producer role.

Gollogly then turned to friend (and former drummer) Bill Cassidy of Tiny Racket Studios, who produced the first-ever Goldwing recording. Problem was, like Chown, Cassidy had just received a great job offer, one he couldn’t refuse, so he was now only free on weekends.

“I didn’t want to scrap it again,” explained Gollogly as to why he stuck with the weekends-only schedule. To keep himself occupied in between recording sessions, Gollogly created an 18-panel colouring book, which is included with the disc.

While Gollogly considers Goldwing, with its rotating lineup of players, to be a musical “family” or collective rather than a straight-ahead band, they did have to wait for some core members to be available. Guitarist Matt Kirby, for one, was away on tour for months on end with Matthew Good, making it tough to eke out time to finish his guitar tracks.

“That’s the problem with having so many good musicians in the band who are in demand [elsewhere],” Gollogly explained.

And Gollogly himself had to get his personal life sorted, too.

“I had to sober up so I could sing the way I wanted to sing,” he confessed.

The songs on the first Goldwing record were built around Gollogly’s folk-leaning melodies — he had to quieten his singing at the time because of vocal fold nodules — with musicians brought in to flesh out the sound.

New record Love Sick, the dozen tracks of which tell the story of a person on their death bed talking about their life while in a fevered dream state,” is much more of a collaborative effort, Gollogly feels.

The band — which includes or has included Nick Patterson (banjo), Daniel Chalmers (drums), Aidan Campbell (drums, too), Tony Silvestri (keyboards), Matt Simpson (bass), Chown (also bass) and Kirby — has become much more of one since that first record, Gollogly said. They now gig every week, occupying the Monday night slot at the Toucan for the past two years or so.

“It has helped us tremendously because we became a really tight band, both musically and as friends,” Gollogly suggested. “And it helped us learn how to react at different moments. Sometimes you’re performing to not many people, sometimes you’re playing to a packed house, and sometimes it gets a bit rowdy.”

The weekly gig also saw the songs change a little bit, saw them become “heavier,” Gollogly said.

“We were playing some of them live. I kept writing new songs to change up the Mondays, rotating things so people don’t have to hear the same songs every week.”

Some of the songs demoed for Love Sick — the ones recorded with producer Chown, in particular — were slower, acoustic-centred ones, but they were supplanted by the more upbeat new ones.

“Then I started writing more rock songs because we were a full band, and then, of course, you like the newer songs as they come along,” Gollogly said.

So Gollogly and company are thinking about releasing an acoustic record to complement the rollicking alt-rock songs on Love Sick, which is now on streaming platforms and for sale at the now-reopened Brian’s Record Option.

In the meantime, the band hopes to head out and play some weekend mini-tours — they will be in Trenton this weekend — in support of the new record.

The band hasn’t decided where or when it will formally release the new record in Kingston.

“I kind of want to make an event of it,” Gollogly said.

“It’s been so long.”

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