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The Goo Goo Dolls on the cover of Maximum Ink in June 2006

The Goo Goo Dolls

by Paul Gargano
June 2006

From their days as an indie-rock band with punk roots on an upstart Metal Blade Records in the late-‘80s, to their present status as one of the premier Top 40 rock bands in America, the Goo Goo Dolls have been defined by a single constant: Damn-near perfect songs. With the May release of Let Love In, the band’s eighth studio album and tenth release overall, frontman John Rzeznik and bassist Robby Takac have returned with eleven tracks ripe for radio and primed to conquer mainstream America. Days after completing a six-week club tour that debuted the new material, Maximum Ink caught up with the bassist to discuss the evolution of the Goo Goo Dolls, and life as a pop culture staple.


Goo Goo Dolls

Goo Goo Dolls

by Lane Klozier
March 2003

Way back in 1985, a Buffalo, NY band called The Sex Maggots was busy evolving into what would eventually become The Goo Goo Dolls. After ten years of moderate success in the indie market, TGGD honed their Replacements meets REM sound into every major label’s dream.  It seems that, while many critics sell them short when it comes to depth and impact, TGGD, since their 95 release of ” A Boy Named Goo” and its’ hit single Name, keep churning out albums that contain at least one or two power ballads that are for some reason, irresistible. Currently the boys are touring in support of their latest CD, ” Gutterflower,” which has been hailed by many as their best yet. In a recent interview, the bass player/vocalist Robby Takac.

LK: Good morning.
RT: Hey man, where ya callin’ from?

LK: Milwaukee, WI
RT: Milwaukee? Hey man we really love Milwaukee…. Summerfest, The Safe House…all of that!


Goo Goo Dolls

Goo Goo Dolls

by Justin Beckner
July 2010

The Goo Goo Dolls are back with a new album due out in July. The Goo Goo Dolls have remained a staple of alternative rock since they first emerged from the streets of Buffalo, NY in 1986. In the following interview with bassist Robby Takac, we discuss the new album and explore what has made them so perseverant over the years. 

MI: Tell me about this new album, “Something For The Rest Of Us”.
RT: It’s certainly been a labor of love man, we’ve been working on it for what seems like 80 years. We did the basic tracking in a studio in Buffalo, NY which is were Johnny and I grew up. It was at a place called track master back when we were kids, we cut our first few records there. We went back this time and basically redesigned the whole studio and remodeled and put in some amazing gear. That took a couple months and then we did some writing and recording, then we went out to LA to finish the record. We worked out there with a guy named Tim Palmer. Then we had a little bit of time to sit around and listen to the record because the release date for it got pushed back. So that was a luxury we never had before. Usually you turn your masters in and it goes right to the stores and you run around kicking yourself in the ass because you didn’t have time to change some things you want to change. But we had some time, so we went back in and fixed some things up before the record came out. And it turned out that we got a lot deeper than we thought we’d have to and we ended up doing some work with Butch Baag who actually worked with Soul Asylum for a little bit, and we ended up mixing it with our live sound guy who’s out on the road with us right now.


Sarah McIntosh

The Good Natured

An interview with singer and songwriter Sarah McIntosh
by Tina Hall
September 2010

The Good Natured (aka Sarah McIntosh) is not the typical work you’d expect from a 19 year old, especially with songwriting that tends to lean towards the darker side. The band is also includes members Hamish McIntosh and George Hinton. The new single Be My Animal is due to be released on November 1st by the indie label KIDS with Prisoner being the B-side. Both tracks were mixed by Adrian Bushby, who’s also worked with Foo Fighters and Muse.

Maximum Ink: There isn’t much about you out there yet. Can you tell us a little about where you are from? How does coming from where you have impacted your musical style?
Sarah McIntosh: I’m Sarah, I am 19 and I live in a village called Highclere in Newbury, Berkshire. Highclere’s a nice little village. It has its own castle where Peter and Jordan got married. Nice. I wouldn’t say where I live impacts my musical style at all, it’s probably impacted more by the way I have been bought up around my grandparents and parents record collection.

MI: How would you describe The Good Natured sound?
SM: I would say its electronic pop with a darker element, that’s how I see it anyway.

MI: What led you to form this band?
SM: I have always enjoyed music, I used to play the violin, the drums and sang in a youth choir when I was younger. I formed the band out of a love for music, but also a need to express myself.


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Madison's Good Time Camper

Good Time Camper

by Dan Vierck
July 2008

We didn’t discuss it specifically, but the more and more I talked to Good Time Camper about their menagerie of sounds it became clear that the foursome is a condensed version of a group not unlike Scooby, Shaggy and the Gang, except that in the case of GTC, instead of solving mysteries, their sound is the mystery.

Patrick Sweeney, the easy Freddy of the group, brings the songs. Then the pieces are created layer by layer with the aid of the other three. Rounding out the parallel, bassist Sean Ellis runs the Shaggy route being aloof but always in the middle of the action, drummer Jamie Zander, the Scooby, brings the smile and the comic relief which leaves (sorry, dude) guitarist Adam Ginsberg to be Velma, with the fantastic guitar science into the chemistry.



by Sarah Klosterbuer
January 2003

an interview with Dustin Tooker of Grade8


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Great White

Great White

by Mike Huberty
June 2009

Emerging from the 80’s Los Angeles hard rock scene, GREAT WHITE has seen the highs of rock and roll success (Grammy nominations, world tours, multiplatinum albums, and heavy video rotation in the Golden Age of MTV) as well as the lows of tragedy (a Rhode Island show that ended in a fire that claimed the lives of 99 fans as well as their guitarist.) In the new Millennium, the band has gone through periods of breakup and relative dissolution but in the past couple of years has reformed their most famous lineup (sans original bassist). Now embarking on their fourth decade performing together, GREAT WHITE has released a new album, Rising, and vocalist Jack Russell is happy where the new music has been taking them.

“We’re getting real airplay on this record and that’s something we haven’t had for ten years”, he says. “It’s amazing to me. It’s always my goal to do one more record. Hopefully the voice will hang in there and keep going. I just want to keep doing this until it’s not fun anymore…


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