It’s not a total surprise considering they released the band’s last single (“Dreambuilding” b/w “Stonegoat”), but Sub Pop has signed Goat just in time for their west coast tour around Coachella. Dates and details for that trek are below, but first, here’s the Swedish group’s too-good-to-be-true tale:
Goat are a collective who hail from a small and very remote village in deepest darkest Sweden. Legend has it that, for centuries, the inhabitants of the village were dedicated to the worship and practices of Voodoo. This strange and seemingly-unlikely activity was apparently introduced into the area after a traveling witch doctor and a handful of her disciples were led to the village by following an unknown Sami traveller from this area of Sweden. The reason he led them there is unknown, but their Voodoo influence quickly took hold over the whole village, and so they made it their home. There they were able to practice their craft unnoticed and unbothered for several centuries.
This was until their non-Christian ways were discovered by the Church and they were burned out by the crusaders. But the survivors returned to the village, rebuilt it, and to this day the now-picturesque village is still influenced by the power of Voodoo; this power can be felt throughout the grooves of the Goat records.
Good thing the music actually holds up — especially live, to the point where we can actually recommend the Live Ballroom Ritual LP Goat released last year with a clear conscience…
Goat tour dates:
4/10 Pioneertown, CA – Pappy & Harriets
4/11 Indio, CA – Coachella
4/12 San Francisco, CA – Slims
4/14 Seattle, WA – Neumos
4/15 Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theater
4/16 Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom
4/18 Indio, CA – Coachella
6/12-15 Manchester, TN – Bonnaroo
6/20 Toronto, ON – NXNE