If one of the ingredients of success is working freaking hard, Vancouver's Goodbye Beatdown has that quality in spades. And it isn't just about writing catchy party melodies or touring relentlessly. It's also about shameless self-promotion—in a good way, of course.
Like there's the time vocalist Dustin Overhill had George Stroumboulopolous and Rick Campanelli cornered in a hotel bathroom, getting their takes on a possible name for his then two-week-old band. Strombo created a hybrid of the possibilities he was presented and Rick the Temp suggested that the moniker could signify the forces of adversity.
"Basically, on a silver platter, a name and a meaning from two ex-MuchMusic types," says bassist Mark Luongo (formerly of Daniel Wesley). "It had to be the name at that point."
More recently, the band got an interview on noted music journalist Alan Cross's ExploreMusic because of Luongo's last name. His distant relative Roberto helped Canada achieve one of its gold medals by being a rockstar in the net.
"Now that the Olympics have happened and everyone's gotten to embrace him as a Canadian asset, not just a Canucks player, it's been really cool," laughs the avid Canucks fan. "It's definitely good for business. Just because we won. I shudder to think what would have happened if he totally choked and let in eight goals."
Goodbye Beatdown probably would have found a way to turn even that situation into its advantage—judging from the way the band has taken the bull by the horns in its short one-year existence. Indeed, just a couple of months after forming, the five-piece machine won the 30th annual CFOX Vancouver Seeds contest, the same contest that launched the careers of Nickelback, Default, Bif Naked and Matthew Good.
Despite the win the guys know that nobody is going to hand them a golden ticket to fame and fortune—and signing a record deal does not automatically mean a limo ride down Easy Street.
"I've heard that since I started playing rock music," Luongo says. "Everyone's, like, 'Man, when we get this label; we just want to get signed; all we want to do is get signed; I know our lives will be so much different.' And then you talk to bands that are signed, that are maybe a few steps ahead of where we're at, and they're, like, 'Man, this sucks! I wish that we hadn't thought that this would be the be-all-end-all. I wish that we had made ourselves more appealing so we could have bargained better,' because if you just step up and sign a deal, and then think that everyone's going to do everything for you, you're sadly mistaken. And it's a myth that continues to be perpetuated." V
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