Uncoordinated people could be of several minds while watching a movie like Defenders of Awesome 2: Stay Bad Ass. As some of the best snowboarders in the world perform insane (don’t try this at home, kids) tricks on the big screen in the same manner as old school skateboarding flicks, viewers may have felt they were watching complete wizards, masters of their craft, or numbskulls trying to one-up the Jackass crowd. But it was clear that the crowd filing into The Neptune last Saturday night were enthusiastic snowboarders themselves, hooting and hollering with approval as boarders rocketed down steep, rocky slopes and gut-wrenching staircase railings on the big screen.
The film showcased CAPiTA! brand boards, and a raffle was held involving tons of gear as prizes. When it was time for Seattle’s own My Goodness to take the stage (whose song “I’ve Got a Notion” was featured in the film), a percentage of movie goers melted away. Many of those who left were probably more interested in the film than its soundtrack (or came with their parents and had to go home), but those who remained were rocked. The band has always been solid; walking and rocking a tension-taut line between the rock and punk worlds with precision.
Drummer Andy Lum plays really, really hard, yet he is also very nimble, speeding up or slowing down the crashing and bashing as needed, while maintaining a serene demeanor. Joel Schneider’s voice has an awesome touch of vibrato that has him sounding tortured and pissed off, and then he pushes off into choruses with throat shredding yells, like frustration boiled over.
When he’s not at the microphone, he curls himself up around his guitar while still on his feet; it’s between him and his instrument, which spews forth angry waves of distortion. Cody Votalato’s bass adds the perfect dimension (and some head thrashing). It’s very probable that My Goodness will provide the soundtrack to many a winter’s trek up and down the mountain passes.