"This was, I believe, only the second song I had worked on with Alex, Spencer, and Jon. The night we recorded the first demo, we listened to Spencer’s old solo recording and Jon said something to the effect of “let’s just make this song super dirty and grungy.” Alex started it off with a sneakily offbeat drum fill, we turned the gain up on the amps, and we just took it from there.
Spencer wrote out the lyrics for each of us so that we could kind of shape the dynamics of the song to coincide with the lyrical content. I don’t think the arrangement has changed at all from the night we did that first demo together. This was definitely the song that set the mood for rest of the album. Dark, grungy, driving, and fun.
I recommend listening to this song right when you hit the 15 freeway on your way to Laughlin."
-Brandon Osorio (Guitar / Vocals)
I helped Spencer record a demo of this song years ago that I hated. There was just something terrible about the version we did, and we tried doing it again and again but just ended up never finishing it. It stayed tabled for years until we completely forgot about it, which was fine with me. While Work Friend was writing the album, I went to a rehearsal, and they pulled out this updated version of "Any Good" and I loved it. It was the first time the song did anything for me, and it was because I could tell how much fun they were having playing it. It took the whole band to make the song work. I think as soon as they wrote the song we were set on making it the first track on the album. It was a goal to capture that "four guys in a room having fun playing music" energy in the recording of "Any Good," and that vibe stayed for the rest of the tracks too.
I recommend listening to this song while you drink the first beer you'll drink around a bunch of friends."
-Dan Miller (Assistant Engineer)