Goat to tour Rome
The members of Goat continue to maintain that the group is 'merely an ongoing multi-generational collective of musicians from the isolated Swedish locality of Korpilombolo. Located north of the Arctic Circle, the town is a junction of native Sami people, Scandinavian settlers, and the rare infiltration of wayfaring outsiders,' says the record label's website.
Certainly, Goat has found its way beyond the town and its traditional songs to release music which it calls a 'conglomerate of outside influences.' That much is evident on the band's second full-length album, "Commune," which bowed September 23 via Sub Pop Records in North America, a day later via Stranded Rekords in Scandinavia, and September 22nd via Rocket Recordings for the rest of the world.
"We often talk about how all music is world music and all other genres are old fashioned," members of Goat said in a statement. "All you can hear is the universal similarity between all music. The music from some old cult in northern Sweden can be the same as the music from wherever." And with that philosophy, GOAT said it is fully invested in propagating its crossbred music and mysticism by sharing "Commune" with the entire world.
The band is also touring relentlessly in 2015, including a short trek through Rome in May where they'll play Orion Club, Magnolia Club, Bronson Club and Latteria Molloy. The Mamuthones will support as opening act on three of those dates (May 7, 8 and 9th).
They drew serious praise for their album "World Music" back in 2012. So serious, in fact, the project was proclaimed by some to be the best of the year. So it's odd (or is it?) that many would use words like "funky" and "freaky" to describe Goat. To understand, let's visit the origins of the band. Just close the barn door on your way out.
Currently based out of Gothenburg, Sweden, Goat traces its origins to Korpilombolo, which is said to have a history of voodoo worship and other such unsavory things. While the story goes that the village was once destroyed and a curse placed on the town, there was certainly no curse placed on Goat. Yet it has impacted the band's sound, as the music from the area – namely its rhythmic, trance-like effect – went on to shape the band's album.
If you've never seen a Goat concert, let's just say you won't unmask the secret behind the band. All the members perform wearing elaborate head coverings and keep their identities hidden, making them somewhat of a pop culture mystery that fans still find both cool and progressive. There's a sense of energy and excitement they have on stage that many bands cannot attain, and others cannot sustain.
Wondering about the mystery of Goat? Fans just had a chance to see them at Sux by Suxwest 2014, and the band will play the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in April. They are also in the lineup for the Latitude Festival in July in Southwold, Suffolk, England.
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