The Good Mad
In Jack Kerouac’s novel, On the Road, he writes, “The only ones for me are the mad ones…” Lewis Carol also gives a shout out to madness in Alice in Wonderland when he wrote, “We’re all mad here.” Madness is something we’re all born with, and it can be fueled in many different ways. Madness can fuel acts of violence and revenge; alternatively it can fuel art, tell a story, and help humanity. One is a mad kind of madness, and the other is, well, good. The Good Mad is an alternative folk trio comprised of Adam Brooks, Andy Fischer-Price, and Allie Gonino. Hailing originally from Nashville, Seattle, and Dallas, respectively, each member made their way to Los Angeles to pursue careers in acting and music. Formed in 2011, the band made its commercial debut on the ABC Family original series, The Lying Game, and has since released two EPs, a single, and licensed music to several films and television shows. Though they’ve been fortunate to capture the attention of the film industry, the band now intends to do the same with national radio, and tour the world.
Adam Brooks grew up in the country music capital of the world, Nashville, TN. Though he wouldn’t pursue music as a career until later in life, Adam says, “I listened to a lot of Bruce Springsteen, Richard Marx, and The Beatles as a kid. I played bass in the school band. Music has always been a big part of my life.” And the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree; Adam’s dad is a former jingle writer, and professional guitarist, and his uncle wrote the classic Christmas tune, “Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer”. After graduating with an English degree from The Ohio State University, he moved to L.A. to pursue a career in acting. There, he and a childhood friend would start a band, The Scholars, which quickly lit a fire in him for writing and performing music.
Andy Fischer-Price was born to a mountain climber and a pilot. Not one to miss out on adventure, he made the move to L.A. at the young age of seventeen to become an actor. He participated in various choirs from age eight through high school, played piano and saxophone as an adolescent, and then quit to focus on learning to play bass. Andy’s parents were instrumental in exposing him to classic musicians, such as Roger Miller, Waylon Jennings, James Taylor, Grateful Dead, and Michael Jackson. In middle school, Andy’s Aunt Alta, (the namesake of The Good Mad’s first EP), bought him Led Zeppelin IV, which started his classic rock obsession with bands like The Doors, The Beatles, & Pink Floyd. “I never thought I had a real chance of having a music career. I always wanted and dreamed of being a professional musician but never thought it was realistic,” he recalls.
Alternatively, Allie Gonino aimed for a career in music since an early age. At age four she met her childhood idols, The Dixie Chicks, and became infatuated with singing and learning the violin. Acting is a passion that would later develop once she made the move to Los Angeles, but growing up, Gonino performed frequently throughout the Dallas area. When the country music industry turned its back on the Chicks, she found herself wanting to pursue pop music instead. Once in L.A., she joined an all girl pop group, The Stunners, which toured with Justin Bieber in 2010, but the band broke up after just 3 years. Allie has since been steadily working as an actress, and now stars on the Sundance TV original series, The Red Road, opposite Jason Momoa, Martin Henderson, and Julianne Nicholson.
Adam and Andy first met in L.A. through mutual friends and auditioning. When Adam mentioned he was in a band, Andy expressed an interest in playing bass with them. In 2010, they added two percussionists and became Mr. Adventures. Allie went to one of their shows, and immediately wanted in. For the next year, she would play violin during various sets with the band. Mr. Adventures disbanded in 2011, and Andy, Adam, and Allie then formed The Good Mad. When Gonino started filming The Lying Game in Austin, TX, the show’s creator knew of her musical background, and offered to write her character a music storyline. She solicited the help of her band mates, and together, they recorded and performed several songs on the show.
“Our music naturally took on a very folk/Americana feel at first, because I play violin, and Adam would play acoustic guitar. Combine those elements with three part harmonies and our country music backgrounds, it was pretty inevitable that we would be compared to bands like Mumford & Sons, and The Lumineers”, says Allie. “It’s a compliment, we love bands like Fleet Foxes, Father John Misty, and Mumford. But we also love bands like Tame Impala, The Beatles, The Black Keys. Continuing to evolve as writers and producers is something we all strive for,” she adds. Their third EP, ‘Face Your Feels’, drops January 20th, 2015.