Very Good. In these times, where irony and passivity reign, we must create ways of saying things without actually saying them. Thus: this band is Very Good.
It’s issues like this that Vancouver band Very Good addresses, and consequently questions the importance of; all while creating musical tapestries that create a journey through styles and various states of lucidity. After winning the Galaxie Rising Star award at the 2010 Vancouver Jazz Festival, and recording a brand-new album or two, “Vancouver’s most original band” is ready for the streets, or a bar, or a living room. Sean Cronin is the band’s leader, and his musical life is a testament to the diversity of this project. Cronin was raised on Country, trained in Classical, steeped in Punk Rock, and brought to maturity as a Jazz musician. Similar tales have shaped all of the members of the band, and Very Good is Cronin’s place to conglomerate such stories into song. Some inspirations include Steve Reich, Bjork, Leonard Cohen, and the Band. The band’s malleable nature enables it to fit into any circumstance – be it a dance party or a theatre. Whether they’re performing in
the dark, singing a capella to announce that “the show will start soon”, or joined by a marching band that emerges from the audience, Very Good is always full of color, spontaneity, and madness. Very good, indeed.
Very Good’s Players:
Sean Cronin – Vocals, Bass, Piano, Banjolele
Martin Reisle – Classical Guitar, Cello, Vocals
Evan Arntzen – Woodwinds, Vocals
Meredith Bates – Violin, Viola, Vocals
Tom Wherret – Guitar, Vocals
Andrew Millar – Drums
Jack Garton – Trumpet, Accordion,
Sam Cartwright – Drums, Bass, Vocals