Interviews

Goldenboy's Shon Sullivan Talks Phoenix and Elliott Smith

The New Familiar is more than just the name of the forthcoming album from L.A.-based Goldenboy. It's an aesthetic, says songwriter Shon Sulllivan, whose resume includes work with Elliott Smith, Spain, The Eels, The Watson Twins, The Rentals, and more.

"People always ask us, what do you sound like? The only way you can describe it is to name a bunch of bands and hope they get it," Sullivan says, prepping for a short tour that finds the band bringing its literate, understated pop to the Lost Leaf on Saturday, September 22. "So we started using the term 'the new familiar,' [drawing influence] from simple songs people understand, but approaching them in different ways."

The approach pays great dividends on the band's records, including 2011's swooning Sleepwalker, and Blue Swan Orchestra, the band's 2003 record is scheduled for re-released by Eenie Meanie Records on Tuesday, October 9, and features vocals from Elliott Smith.

See also: Goldenboy's Shon Sullivan on Bisbee, Johnny Marr and South by Southwest See also: Elliott Smith Archival Interview From Local DJ Shane Kennedy

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Jason P. Woodbury is a music and pop-culture writer based in Phoenix. He is a regular contributor to the music blog Aquarium Drunkard and co-host of the Transmissions podcast.