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As patrons migrate to the rim of the Georgeâs Majestic Lounge stage, the lights dim and a well dressed black-haired 20-something sneaks up to the microphone. Clutching the barrel, he stares down at the floor with building intent, perhaps fighting to replace his anxiety with the courage that heâs been saving for this special night. The crowd politely clamors in wait and lead singer Eddie Loveâs girlfriend shoots a âYou can do it, babyâ look while his friends resort to the all-purpose âWhoo!â that gets a show really started.
To either side of Love are the Woods brothers, guitarist Dustin and bassist Jon. The Woods have been planning for this night since 2003, when they first created A Good Fight. Sean Merriott, the drummer, is entering his own state of Zen. Sitting peacefully with his drums in the dark corner behind Love, he could be thinking about any number of things. He could be wondering if Eddie, who has never performed live other than karaoke, remembers back six or seven months ago the charmed second audition that brought Love and AGF together at last. Or he could be hoping Jonâs cord is plugged in all the way. Maybe Sean is hoping that Dustin is as excited as he is about all of this. After all, he knows how hard the Woods brothers worked to make A Good Fightâs debut a reality.
A Good Fight spent its first two years in Northwest Arkansas auditioning vocalists to fill their front man spot before they found Love.
âWe actually wrote a lot of songs two years ago with no lyrics in mind,â Dustin said. âWe would go over and over each song section and perfect it [while] trying to fill the void of not having a singer.â
The fight for perfection is a shared philosophy in the group.
âI donât really know the point of writing a half-assed song,â Love said. âI donât think I could, or would do it. And if itâs not good enough, then itâs obvious, so it gets thrown out, or changed, evolved, until itâs as good as it can be. You can print that.â
Love was actually in the practice space next door to A Good Fightâs at the time, leading his project The Scenery. Realizing it only when the band met for the first time to do a photo shoot recently, before AGF came together, they occupied three different practice spaces on Center Street in Fayetteville without ever having met one another.
Like the majority of artists, Love had to make ends meet somehow.
âThere was The Future, The Scenery, the Dorothy House, then some depression because The Scenery went awayâ¦there was a sword fight where I almost lost my eyeâ¦losing friends, gaining new ones, getting the old ones backâ¦shitty dead end jobs, getting fired from said jobsâ¦you knowâthe same shit everyone goes through,â Love said.
The Future, The Scenerey and Dorothy House are all bands that Love fronted before joining AGF.
Unless youâre a close friend, itâs hard to imagine AGF off-stage, away from the cluttered platform flooded with lights and littered with speakers. Is being in a band a full-time job? Maybe for Eddie.
âEddie Love? That just sounds like a rock starâs name,â Dustin said.
âI look at it like Iâm just oneâfor lack of a better word, discipleâin a long line of rock,â Love said.
But Love works too, just like everybody else. But maybe thatâs why so much music sucks these days. Bands seem to shoot out of garages and book shows at breakneck pace without ever having really experienced labor. Real work. Trial before treasure. Thatâs not to say rockinâ out is easyâmusic is an art of practiceâbut it takes a lot of integrity to save the fun until after youâve done your eight daily hours.
AGF knows all about that. Sean works full time at Dead Swanky hair salon as a stylist. Seanâs dedication to AGF is consistent to the driving backbeat behind âThe Drama,â one of the songs in A Good Fightâs playbook that could âuntie your shoesâ as Dustin put it.
Discounting the AGF girlsâ a pack of sexy 20-somethingsâmuscling their way into the front row, cries were heard from a range of voices. Bodies were up, guys were saluting with the international sign of ârock on!â and butts were shaking.
Maybe thatâs why AGF nearly incited a riot at Georgeâs that night. If you wanted to get any closer to the stage, youâd have to shape-shift between row after row of human chain link fences.
All the band members work all day just like everybody else. The boys spent Saturday afternoon letting the fever build until it was play time. They practiced, tweaked and perfected up until the last minute. And the show blew everyone away.
Perhaps the trick is in AGFâs doing-not-saying attitude. Take Jon, for example. A lot of popular bands have strong opinions about politics but few ever take action. Maybe they just like to stick it to âThe Man.â Bon Jovi became a United Nations ambassador after decades of playing rock music and becoming famous.
On the flip side, Jon Woods is already a state legislator, an elected official taking real action with a real effect in government policy. Politician by day, rock and roll guitarist by night? Howâd this come to be?
âMy older brother would make Dustin and I watch Guns N Roses and Motley Crue videos when we were kidsâseven and eight years old. That had a huge impact on us seeing the live videos of sold out stadiums cheering for a group of guys running around on stage having a blast.â
Dustin puts food on his plate as the manager of Marketplace Grill in Springdale.
âI think everyone should work in a restaurant for a year. They would learn the true meaning of being humble, courteous and a true servant.â
That makes sense. Julian Casablancas, lead singer and principle songwriter of The Strokes, worked feverishly as a bartender before launching his musical career. It just so happens that Casablancas is Loveâs prime influence as a performer.
â(Casablancas) is the reason I am who I am today,â Love said, â(The Strokes) really showed me, made me realize and believe in myself.â
By the end of AGFâs May 5th performance, fans were already demanding an encore. Loveâs reaction was apologetic.
âWe donât have any more songs!â he announced. To which, the crowd began to chant for an encore of âThe Drama.â So they played âThe Dramaâ again, and it drew an even more cheers. AGFâs members were reeling in their new celebrity.
At the end of the show congratulators swarm AGF. First time listeners hail the band as the next big thing.
âItâs between rarely and never that you have a band, right out of the gate, with 200 people show up just for them,â said Harold Wieties who books shows at Georgeâs. âAnd they followed with the same two weeks later. Since theyâre a new band, I can only assume the music is going to get better and better.â
But when all is said and done, the players part to continue their contribution to working society. Dustin had to wake up at dawn to set up shop at The Marketplace.
Theyâll reconvene again, brighter yet, with the goal of sporting a couple new originals and maybe another cover or two. Their next performance at Georgeâs will be June 8 with Six Hung Sprung followed by a feature at the Fayetteville club Blu with Benjamin Del Shreve. For more information on shows and band profiles, go to www.myspace.com/agoodfight.
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December 03rd, 2007 | Category: Music
You donât often go to a small show and see panties flying through the air. Ok, so I have to admit that I havenât seen a local show with local artists in quite some time. This was definitely a great re-entry into the scene. A Good Fight put on a great show at Georgeâs Majestic Lounge, they were energetic, animated, and seemed to honestly be enjoying what they were doing. By the 4th song there were thong panties being thrown at the stage (I think they ended up stuck on the drum kitâ¦). The crowd was enthusiastic and even got invited onto the stage to dance along to a cover of âHungry Like the Wolfâ. The beats were driving, the sound was varied enough from song to song, and they even brought their own light show. After their set was over they still had more time than expected (apparently another band cancelled), and the crowd wasnât ready to let them go, so they played the first song in their set again. Good sports. If this is what the Fayetteville music scene has to offer, I look forward to discovering moreâ¦
Would I pay to see them again? Definitely.
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