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RIYL: Ghoulspoon, Divided by Zero, the Secret Seven, Geezer
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The day after singer/songwriter Zachary Goode was born, the Beatles publicly announced their break-up. He’s been trying to bring them back ever since.
Born in NYC and brought up in the small artist’s community of Provincetown, Massachusetts, Goode began writing, acting, and singing at a young age. Attending the legendary Saint Ann’s Performing Arts School in Brooklyn alongside future stars like the Beastie Boys and Jennifer Connelly (“She was in my sixth-grade class while filming Labyrinth”), he received classical training at Stagedoor Manor and Appel Farm Arts and Music Center in New York (whose alumni includes Adam Schlesinger from Fountains of Wayne). He sang and acted in dozens of plays and musicals, even performing in an Off-Broadway production of Runaways as a child.
“I was in a few bands in high school. There wasn’t really any music scene in Provincetown.... John Waters lives there every summer, so I grew up being babysat by people who were the basis for many characters in his movies.”
While living in Hawaii, Goode cofounded the group that eventually became Ghoulspoon. After relocating to San Diego in 1991, Ghoulspoon (2001 SDMA winner Best Hard Rock Band) evolved into Divided by Zero (2002 SDMA nominee, Best Hard Rock Album, for the Black Sea), with Godde occasionally playing solo acoustic shows and stockpiling songs.
In 2008, Goode formed the Secret Seven, joining forces with former bandmate James “Spooky” Albers and the powerhouse rhythm section of Twon Ridenhour and Troy Rippengale.
Goode also plays in the Weezer parody/tribute band Geezer. In October 2011, he hit the stage near his hometown of Provincetown, Massachusetts, to appear in a production of Rent at the Crown and Anchor in Cape Cod.
“I haven’t done theater since high school,” says Goode, “but when I was back home this summer, my friend asked if I would consider playing Roger [in Rent]. I wasn’t familiar with the play, so I watched the movie, and it turns out Roger is an aging, tattooed ex-rock star who’s trying to write one last great song before he dies. Perfect typecasting!”
Zane Isaac Goode, born at 4:47am on September 12. “Almost born in the back of the car due to 405 closures,” reports Zach. “Seven pounds, six ounces of all natural blonde beauty.”