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51 Squares

by The Good

Raw and enchanting, melodic and intimate harmonies, warm pure honest compositions and big grooves.
Genre: Rock: Roots Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Big Brother
3:49 $0.99
2. It Isn't Me
3:18 $0.99
3. Racist Skin
3:45 $0.99
4. Devil In My Head
3:10 $0.99
5. Coming Home
4:28 $0.99
6. Things Change
4:16 $0.99
7. Forever In Time
3:59 $0.99
8. Get On Stage
3:20 $0.99
9. Say It Now
3:19 $0.99
10. Who Knows What The Future Holds
3:56 $0.99
11. Warming
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Album Notes
“.... Watching The Good is like having the ocean in a jar, their music has an innocence infused with power, that is beguiling in its intensity".
Alan Jeff, Matmata Media


Current members Heather Barnes and Gareth Hudson formed The Good in 1999.

The pair met while undertaking Bachelor of Music degrees at Newcastle University Conservatorium of Music, where Heather studied classical double bass and Gareth studied classical piano.

From the beginning, Heather and Gareth's song writing was highly commended.

Gareth received recognition through the success of various bands that he performed with and wrote for, including taking out the grand prize in the Mattara Rock-Fest with 'Reverend Sam' (1997) and reaching the grand final of the national 'Rock Eisteddfod Band Challenge' with "EDGE".

Heather spent most of her teenage years playing with 'Silent Scream', who were finalists in the prestigious 'Sydney Youth Rock' Competition (1996), and she was also singled out for the 'Encouragement Award' at 'Mattara Rock-Fest' (1996).

Between 1999 & 2004 The Good wrote and produced a 5 track E.P “True What They Say” and two albums titled “TheGood” and “Move Along”, selling out of all releases and creating a following in the Newcastle and Sydney areas.

The Good arrived in England in 2004 ready to showcase their material and tour the country. The tour included performing at:

• D&G's 2005 International Men's Fashion Show in Milan
• Liverpool's International Pop Overthrow Festival
• Richmond Live
• The Blakey Ridge Music Festival
• The Sunderland Waterfront Festival
• The Cavern (Liverpool)
• The Edinburgh Fringe Festival

Other highlights during 2004-2005 included being nominated for the PRS Atom Award and receiving an ABC Radio Music Award for their song "Miss You".

2006 has seen The Good perform in major venues in, Newcastle, Sydney, Melbourne and the National Folk Festival in Canberra. They have also written a rock opera titled "The Shining Isle" - which they will perform in at The Civic Playhouse, Newcastle, Australia in October 2006.

The bands touring schedule will see them returning to the UK in July 2006 and all over Australia from late August onwards.

Both tours coinciding with the release of their new album “51 Squares”

“51 Squares” introduces The Good's new line up of Jae Nelson on drums and Chris English on piano and hammond organ.

Jae met Heather and Gareth during his schools annual band camp whilst meandering his way through the intricacies of High School.

When Heather and Gareth returned to the land of OZ in late 2005 there was Jae looking for any opportunity to play with the band he had looked up to for so long.

A few jams and many conversations later, Jae was asked to join the band.

Jae now splits his time between pursuing his academic degree as an Audio Engineer through SAE and being the rhythmic backbone for The Good.

Chris is currently undertaking a Bachelor of Music, majoring in piano performance, and a double major of music technology at The University of Newcastle, Conservatorium of Music.

Chris is also the current recipient of the Adamstown Uniting Church Organ Scholarship.

“They played 2 sets lasting a total of almost 2 hours… I could have listened to them for at least another two hours, the passion they played with was evident, and the vocal harmonies were nothing less than beautiful. This wasn't rock and roll as we know it.. but it rocked in a very different and special way. I feel very privileged to have caught this performance from a very unusual band”.



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Pete Bell

"An excellently produced and totally recommended album".
Aussie duo The Good made a lot of friends and thousands of fans whilst based first on Teesside then up in the Moors 2004 - 2005. Touring relentlessly they totally sold out their albums “The Good” and “Move Along” plus the CD EP “Send in the Cavalry” produced over here. All the venues they played, from Liverpool’s Cavern to the Lion at Blakey, invited them back for return gigs. Their work with Kev Howard (didge) was stunning. So a new album and a new tour is eagerly awaited.

51 Squares does not disappoint. Gareth Hudson (vocals, guitar, didgeridoo, keys) and Heather Barnes (vocals, bass, double bass) are augmented by Chris English (Hammond, piano, percussion) and Jae Nelson (drums, percussion) on 11 tracks ranging from anger fuelled (sadness tinged) hard driving “Racist Skin” to the gentle balladry of “Things Change” via the latin groove of “Say it Now” and the stadium style classic rock / meditation of “Forever in Time”. Musicianship throughout is top class, nice touches in every tune - bowed bass in “It isn’t Me”, the didg opener in “Racist Skin”, soaring hammond in “Get on Stage”, piano details closing “Racist Skin”, menacing bass and drums in “Devil in My Head”..... And Gareth and Heather sing and harmonise superbly. An excellently produced and totally recommended album.

The Good return in July for an extensive 25 date UK tour, visiting venues stretching from Cornwall to Edinburgh. Locally they play the Woolpack, Beverley (Sun 2nd July), Tap n Spile, Whitby (Mon 3rd), the Grove, Leeds (Sat 8th), the Causeway, Hartlepool (Sun 9th), the Roman Baths, York (Mon 10th), and, for an end of tour party, the Forum, Darlington (Fri 21st). Make it to at least one of these gigs and buy this album! More details from

Mike Bond

"....a breath of fresh air. 51 SQUARES is an album well worth your time".
Favouring pristine pop melodies, chunky power chords and shimmering guitar lines, The Good are an Australian outfit writing bittersweet pop tunes.
Sounding like The Corrs crossbred with Crowded House, 51 SQUARES is an album full of melodic pop that whilst sounding a little too radio-friendly and sugarsweet to truly love, on the other hand has a charm and warmth to it that's hard to ignore.
Boasting two charismatic vocalists in Gareth Hudson and Heather Barnes, The Good manage to cover everything from softly rocking pop to mellow folk, mining that middle ground between rock and pop with gentle ease.
Opening track here, BIG BROTHER is a decent folk pop tune with added didgeridoo to inject some unique colour early on; Heather Barnes crooning pleasantly over proceedings with gentle charm. The equally decent IT ISN'T ME finds Gareth Hudson handling the vocal honours and delivering a gently rocking performance. RACIST SKIN rides a fuzzy bass line and snappy acoustic guitar strums whilst DEVIL IN MY HEAD is a laid back campfire blues jam that takes in middle eastern flourishes, snazzy organ runs and tasteful dual vocal melodies.
COMING HOME is a simpler acoustic folk affair with Heather Barnes putting in a passionate performance, the stark and stripped back production lending things a classy and graceful air. THINGS CHANGE sounds like a long lost Crowded House tune, Gareth Hudson in particular coming on like a doppelganger for the melodic croon of Neil Finn. Rocking out more, FOREVER IN TIME finds The Good plugging those guitars in and letting loose with soaring melodies and drum beats.
Continuing in this vein, GET ON STAGE is an uptempo slice of rock tinged pop, a little fluffy and lightweight perhaps, but as mainstream radio-friendly pop fodder goes, pleasingly solid stuff. WHO KNOWS WHAT THE FUTURE HOLDS bridges the gap between the pop and folk sides of The Good's sound, warm acoustic guitar work intertwining with snappy drum patterns and summery pop melodies whilst closing song here, WARMING ends things on a stark piano led climax; Heather Barnes taking her cues from gospel and soul and delivering perhaps her strongest and most affecting performance yet.
51 SQUARES is a record that has the ability to pleasantly charm and surprise, an album that delivers an engaging blend of folk, pop and rock.
In places perhaps a little too smooth, slick and polished to completely convince, The Good are nevertheless a band who within the mainstream pop genre sound like a breath of fresh air. 51 SQUARES is an album well worth your time.