When they first got started back in 2008, the founders of Good Old War -- Keith Goodwin, Tim Arnold, and Dan Schwartz -- carved their band name out of their own. Though they bid farewell to Arnold, the moniker still stands for the group's fourth full-length release, 'Broken Into Better Shape,' just out on Nettwerk.
The album leans heavily on raucous folk-pop to make its point, but closes with the tender acoustic ballad, "Don't Forget." While traveling around in support of the release, Goodwin and Schwartz stopped by the Mobli Beach House in Florida to lay down an even more tender, more acoustic rendering of the tune.
Schwartz explains the sparseness, "The song was written to say goodbye to a person very close to us. The music was meant to be as intimate as the lyrics are, so it was recorded that way. Because of that, it doesn't really change much in an acoustic setting. Mainly, we try to make sure we're on the meanings of songs and do our best to make sure we're expressing that whenever we play."