GOAT @ KOKO, London

Date: 2nd December, 2013
Review by Anna Dumpe
Photography by Michelle Murphy

On a grim Monday evening in London, we had the opportunity to cheer ourselves up with some Voodoo rituals in a rather psychedelic performance by the Swedish experimental fusion collective Goat.

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Goat

Goat have been the talk of the town for a while now, after they caused a massive hype with their debut album World Music.

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Goat

For your average listener, Goat not only sound extraordinary and defiant, but they also look damn weird. Their stage presence and character is inspired by Voodoo religion and rituals, as the band hail from a tiny village in Sweden called Korpilombolo and according to its legend, all of the inhabitants have been dedicated to practicing and worshiping Voodoo centuries ago until they were burned out by crusaders. To this day the village of Korpilombolo is still haunted by the curse of Voodoo and Goat music perfectly captures and represents its vibe.

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Goat
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Goat

Tonight Camden Town’s KOKO is packed out with keen listeners intrigued to see the band and their outrageous performance for themselves.
After an ambient and atmospheric set by New War coming all the way from Australia, it is finally time for Sweden’s funkiest bunch to take the stage.

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Goat

Kicking things off with the energetic „Goatman,” the band not only make a statement, but also put on a visual performance that’s previously unseen and unlike any other show around.

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Goat

Both female singers appear to be in top form and their stage presence and energy seems simply unique and unstoppable. With craziest outfits, moves and spectacular vocal abilities, their harmonic performance is the main focus of the very colourful show. To emphasize the already indisputable character of the band, Goat use visually striking and psychedelic video projections.

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Goat

The main tool Goat use to seduce London’s crowd is the dynamic rhythms of their music. The catchy and attitude fuelled “Run To Your Mama” get’s the crowd going and suddenly Londoners find themselves hypnotized by the wild and fierce Voodoo rhythmics and both bare-footed singers participating some ritualistic dance with their tambourines. With an epic synthesizer performance and long instrumental breaks between choruses and songs, Goat make sure their show does not lack psychedelic elements.

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Goat
Goat
Goat

But it’s not only the psychedelic aspect that does it for Goat. As psychedelic, funky and tameless their performance might seem, they’re also one of those bands that like to keep their personalities to themselves and create a rather mysterious character for the whole group with their Voodoo inspired masks, outfits and ritualistic presentment.

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Goat

Apart from delivering some of the crowd’s favourites, like “Goathead,” “Let It Bleed” and “Disco Fever” the band introduce some new and previously unheard material that goes down well and perfectly fuse with their oldest material.

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Goat

Goat finish with the epic “Diarabi” and leave songs like “Stone Goat” and “The Sun The Moon” for the encore that doesn’t come as a surprise, as the audience is on fire and are left wanting for more.

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In the end of the day seeing Goat live is like taking a hell of an acid trip without even touching any drugs. Their stage presence and musicality is simply mind-blowing in its originality and ferociousness.

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Goat

Goat are recommended for anyone who’s capable and willing to think outside the box. Their music, image and performance are all refreshing and unique elements in today’s music, as they’re taking world and traditional music influences to a new level.

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Goat
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Goat

Goat setlist:
Goatman
Golden Dawn
Disco Fever
(Unknown) New song
Let It Bleed
(Unknown) New song
Run to Your Mama
Goathead
Dreambuilding
Goatlord
Det som aldrig förändras / Diarabi
Encore:
Stone Goat
The Sun The Moon

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