Chris Kearney On Goings’ Debut Album.

Cover Photo:
Goings by Connor Rothstein.

Exploring vivid synth melodies and exciting guitar riffs, the Philadelphia-based band Goings have dropped their debut album, titled It’s For You.

“We are eager, elated, and relieved to finally put out our first full-length album that we have been diligently working on since the band’s inception,” Chris Kearney, drummer and occasional vocalist of Goings, explains. “It is truly an honor and a privilege to put music out into the world.”

Going back a few years, Kearney had an idea. As his grandmother owned a dance studio with no sessions taking place during the Christmas season, he brought some of his closest friends together to “set up some gear and some microphones, hit record, and see what happens.” Little did he know that would the beginning of Goings.

“We have a special bond,” Kearney says. He met the band’s bassist Keith Rogers in elementary school. Keith’s cousin Aidan plays synth with Jack Meidel being the lead guitarist of Goings. “Our ideas are different, but that’s the beauty of it. It’s so satisfying to develop each new song idea to a point of mutual satisfaction through collaboration.”

From left to right: Aidan Rogers, Jack Meidel, Keith Rogers and Chris Kearney.

As a whole, It’s For You explores the themes of “technology dependence” and “societal digitization.” Kearney then reveals that the record is based on the band members’ experiences and observations. “We feel that having access to such convenient technology makes it easier to stay connected, but it often leaves us with the feeling of isolation and lack of genuine human interaction.”

“I think it is safe to say that ‘Trying//Dying’ is the favorite track for all of us,” Kearney admits. “We knew from the start that it was going to be the one. We are so proud of how it and its accompanying music video turned out!”

In fact, the music video was filmed at Putt-Putt Fun Center in Clifton Heights, Pennsylvania. “More music videos are in the works so be on the lookout for those as well,” Kearney continues.

“If it wasn’t making music, we’d probably be starring in our own show called ‘Career Opportunities’ — not to be confused with the 1991 film written by John Hughes — where we all work at the same retail job and shenanigans and hilarity ensue,” Kearney observes. “At the end of each season, we get fired and then onto another retail job.” Quite ironically, Keith Rogers and Chris Kearney have already worked together at multiple office supply stores.

Fortunately for them, the members of Goings can simply focus on music right now. It seems as if they’ve got a long and exciting journey ahead of them. “You can do anything you put your mind to — believe in yourself, trust the process, don’t be afraid to ask for help, stay positive, and everything will fall into place,” Kearney encourages. “Don’t forget to love yourself and those around you.”


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