Sunday night I popped into the Makeout Room to see David Stockhausen & the Special Goodbye, also know simply as the Special Goodbye. I’d met him when Blammos, which he’s one quarter of, played on my radio show and then later I bumped into him at that Or, the Whale show at the Great American. As it turns out we’re from rivaling towns outside of Pittsburgh. I don’t hold this against him…anymore.
This is the first show I’d been to at the Makeout Room since the venue drastically cut down on the number of shows it puts on, but it seemed pretty much the same as always.
Here’s a secret: the Special Goodbye is basically Blammos without one member and with a different songwriter. This time, David, rather than Arthur, is the songwriter and Arthur’s on bass. Tim plays keyboards here rather than bass in Blammos. Confused yet?
I got there right before the band went on. There was a small or moderate, but appreciative crowd. They played a set of a nice length filled with good songs. The harmonies and band were well-rehearsed and I think they delivered the songs well.
They finished with a really lovely song called “Country Radio”. I asked about it and David sent me a rough mix of it. I like it a ton. The go-to pedal steel player of San Francisco (it seems) Tim Marcus usually plays keys in the band, but it sounds like they got him to lay some of his steel stylings on this song to great effect.
If you want to check out the band, they have two local shows coming up:
2/19 the Special Goodbye @ The Knockout
4/2 the Special Goodbye, French Miami @ The Elbo Room