If so, please try restarting your browser. Posted by Steve Hodak. Steve Hodak was live. See more. Goat Brothers added an event. Goat Brothers back at Pier Goat Brothers. Goat Brothers updated their profile picture. Goat Brothers return to Grand Martini. Goat Brothers Debut. But it still manages to capture the psychedelic Mardi Gras spirit of the event: not a concert but "a harvesting of souls", in the band's own mock-portentous vernacular.
I admit that if you'll pardon the choice of words a little sheepishly, as an introverted ex-garage band drummer with two left feet who recently fell, after only a slight nudge from a Fellow Traveler in these Archives, under the spell of this young Scandinavian ensemble.
Hardly surprising, given the colorful mystique the band has created for themselves, extending beyond the music itself toward some sort of arcane ethno-spiritual connection with the inner experience of communal song and syncopation.
You'll notice a lack of individual credits here, because the band insists on masking its shared identity Even the total number of musicians is a dark secret, with maybe four employed in the studio but seven or more on stage. So where does that leave the music? Their debut album is eclectic in design but totally uniform in quality, despite being released on vinyl in a rainbow of editions matching the kaleidoscope of influences behind it: Krautrock psychedelia; "Maggot Brain" Funkadelic grooves; Talking Heads intelligent dance circa "Remain in Light"; Scandinavian Black Metal; and the Beach Boys the last two in their own words: personally I don't hear it.
The female vocalist s tend to shout in exuberance instead of actually sing, but it's all part of the ongoing Dionysian frenzy of funked-out rhythms and freaked-out guitars. The band may hail from Sweden, but are travelers on every continent: northern Europe, central Africa, creole America. Their backwoods hometown, supposedly a nexus of ancient voodoo sacrament and early Christian witch-hunts, is located above the Arctic Circle less than kilometers from the border of Finland, which may explain the slight edge of insanity.
Don't be surprised to hear a wild, Hendrix-inspired guitar solo give way to a gently unplugged acoustic coda. More than simply energetic, the album is celebratory.
This is music ideally suited to forbidden rituals in dark forest glens: the perfect diversion for extroverted pagans. Which, of course, makes it very appealing to a flat-footed, freethinking wallflower like yours truly. Look for the ceremony to continue with a new studio album, due next month as of this posting. On record, it doesn't quite match that experience. It is good mind you, and this review is really 3.
But, with all of the songs being from their releases all but one from their LP "World Music" and their new single there's not much new here to experience.
However, the performances are great and the sound is very good. No download codes comes with the LP, which is always a bit disappointing. Several songs get to stretch out a bit, and this is a good thing, things aren't rushed and the intensity can build.
Many songs are very similar to the releases though. Where things get the most interesting is in the couple of tunes where they really extend it in a sort of "Jam Band" fashion. I also don't recall hearing quite as amazing of a sax solo on the studio version of "Let It Bleed" as is on here, very nice.
The segue from "Dreambuilding" into "Run to Your Mama" is also cool. If their creation myth is dubious and it seems to be , its ethos-- this music is an extension of traditions, so there's no need to rush it or demand that it make them famous-- might not be. The short and infinitely catchy "Run to Your Mama" could be a single, but it isn't polished or produced enough to be meant that way. When the drift returns, the electric guitar sticks with it, following it toward the exit.
It's a fitting illustration of the band's philosophical insistence that all of this is world music-- ancient and modern, accessible and mutable. I wonder if, in a matter of months, the world were to learn that the story of Goat was one of complete hokum, would it matter? That is, if their tales of Korpilombolo and voodoo and ancestors passing down a tradition of inclusive and now-electrified ritual music were false, does it matter? Probably: Despite the detail droves that the internet and itinerant social media allow, a sense of mystery still begets a sense of wonder.
Perhaps you and your friends could begin your own Goat, live a myth of your own making? Monday 15 June Tuesday 16 June Wednesday 17 June Friday 19 June Saturday 20 June Sunday 21 June Monday 22 June Tuesday 23 June Wednesday 24 June Thursday 25 June Friday 26 June Saturday 27 June Sunday 28 June Monday 29 June Tuesday 30 June Wednesday 1 July Thursday 2 July Friday 3 July Saturday 4 July Sunday 5 July Monday 6 July Tuesday 7 July Wednesday 8 July Thursday 9 July Friday 10 July Saturday 11 July Sunday 12 July Monday 13 July Tuesday 14 July Wednesday 15 July Thursday 16 July Friday 17 July Saturday 18 July Sunday 19 July Monday 20 July Tuesday 21 July Wednesday 22 July Thursday 23 July Friday 24 July Saturday 25 July Sunday 26 July Monday 27 July Tuesday 28 July Wednesday 29 July Thursday 30 July Friday 31 July Saturday 1 August Sunday 2 August Monday 3 August Tuesday 4 August Wednesday 5 August Thursday 6 AugustGoat is a Swedish alternative and experimental fusion music group. The band originates—according to its own publicity—from Korpilombolo, Norrbotten County. Their first album World Music, was released on 20 August by Rocket Recordings, and in North America on the Sub Pop label. The group released their third studio album, Requiem, in October