Live Review: Goat

The mysterious Swedish, psychedelic-fusion band Goat claims to be a tribe from an obscure village. They are known to consistently perform their concerts in tribal masks and referring to their tours as “rituals.” Whilst the stories surrounding the band may be questionable, we do know for sure that they’ve released a second album named Commune just last month and are paying Glasgow a visit as part of their ritual.

As soon as the band appear on stage, the industrial concrete interior of Studio Warehouse is contrasted by the band’s mystic aura that is spreading throughout the room. One by one the band members enter, all of them wearing a variety of masks; from an eerie hangman’s mask to a burka. The bands’ energy does however radiate from the two female lead singers in flamboyant feather masks and oriental-inspired costumes. Their shrill voices are constantly entwined in chant-like vocals with intensity reminiscent of punk singers. From the very moment they step on stage, until the very last encore – the two singers are vigorously dancing, something which clearly spreads to the whole audience. Despite the great variation of age in the crowd, everyone is moving along to the rhythmic songs.

The live performance adds new dimensions to their music. Where on their albums the songs tend to fall into a monotony of sound, the visual experience of the live performance combined – with an improvised air – proves to give the music a forward-flowing feel to it. The extended versions of the songs reinforce the mantric aspect of their music and it is easy to be carried away in the musical landscapes that they are exploring.

The crowd completely let themselves go in a frantic version of the catchy ‘Run To Your Mama’, as well as to newer songs such as ‘Hide From The Sun’ from the latest album. It is an energy packed concert which manifests Goat’s worldwide musical influences. The “ritual” culminates in the very depth of the dark Scandinavian woods with an almost unrecognisable instrumental version of the Swedish folk song ‘Kristallen den Fina’, exposing Goat’s singular combination of krautrock, psychedelia and folk in an eclectic blend.

[Lara Sindelar]

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