The Best Philadelphia Band of 2009: Goodman Fiske

Nov 24, 2009

Written by: Karli Rizzo

GoodmanFiskephotoAmong hundreds of Philadelphia and New Jersey based cover bands, Goodman Fiske (GMF) is one of the most impressive groups of musicians to set foot on stage. GMF is the ultimate cover band, providing live musical bliss as well as captivating stage presence. Founded by Gene Goodman and Ryan Fiske in 2005 GMF has garnered major regional attention catapulting them into local rock and roll stardom. GMF consists of Goodman, lead guitarist and backup vocalist, Fiske, lead vocalist and guitarist, Ian Lightcap, bassist and John Kresge, drummer.

Together the band sounds phenomenal and the instrumentals alone are so cohesive, they’re awe-inspiring. When GMF played the opening rift to AC/DC’s “Thunderstruck”, at Mad River in Manayunk on November 19, crowds of men and women started cheering as they rushed the stage. Individually, each member of GMF is a musical prodigy. Front man, Fiske possesses an insane vocal range, going from Pink Floyd’s “Another Brick in the Wall” to The Killers “All These Things That I’ve Done” with out missing a beat. His vocal prowess combined with his interaction with the crowd makes him a favorite at local venues. Goodman is a kind of guitar genius, known for shredding on his Zakk Wylde guitar. A self taught musician, Goodman was born to play the guitar. At any given show, you can find all eyes on Goodman as he rocks guitar solos one-handed behind his back, criss-crossed and with his teeth. Goodman is easily the best local guitarist I’ve ever seen. Lightcap is a ball of energy, simply owning the bass. His playing evokes emotion, while his head bobbing and bass pumping sets the vivacious tone for every song. Heads turn when they hear Lightcap thumping the bass like a true rock and roll star. Finally, Kresge on drums, also self-taught has the intensity, rhythm and hitting style comparable to some of rocks greatest drummers. Kresge, the heartthrob of Goodman Fiske, dominates the drums, going all out for each performance. The kid can seriously jam.

GMF, part of Shore Bets Management, is acclaimed for their outstanding cover performances as well as their masterfully written original music. GMF covers a wide range of artists including, Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd, Pearl Jam, Lynyrd Skynyrd, ZZ Top, Black Crowes, Kings of Leon and dozens more. GMF appeared again Philadelphia’s CBS studios to perform live in support of the Eagles kick-off festivities. Check GMF perform one of their original songs at CBS 3 at

In just three years GMF has made enormous strides in the Philadelphia, New Jersey music scene scoring them a sponsorship with Bud Light. GMF is quickly rising up in the music industry, earning them much deserved respect as both cover musicians as well as the next up-and-coming original band. GMF hopes to release an original album in 2010. Be sure to check out GMF at Dazzy O’s in Winslow, N.J. on New Years Eve. For more information on GMF and their upcoming shows please visit

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