Posted in music | pictures on April 24, 2013

photos by PSquared Photography; words by Bill Pearis

GOAT @ MHOW, 4/23/2013
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The lights went down and I think half the crowd lit up, as Music Hall of Williamsburg instantly reeked of pot. GOAT, Sweden's premier voodoo disco psych band, took the stage for their first-ever North American show and the packed house was primed to get their minds blown. Dressed in robes and tunics and wearing a variety of masks and hoods, the band came out and without a word to the audience started laying down the fuzzed-out, conga-driven grooves. The band were about as stoic as Oasis, but sounded fantastic and were tight as hell. (The Swedes really excel at this type of thing.) Luckily, the two female masked singers made up for it by dancing up a storm. There was also some dude in front of me doing the hippy dance the whole show but I'm trying to forget that.

We got most of last year's World Music, including "Let it Bleed" which featured a skronky guest saxophonist who looked like he just left the Sun Ra's Ark. GOAT also played both sides of their upcoming Sub Pop single. Apart from wishing the show was somewhere smaller and sweatier (like Glasslands where the show was originally supposed to happen), they definitely met my expectations for this show, even if my mind remained intact.

Opening the night was Austin's Holy Wave who definitely in the Brian Jonestown Massacre / Black Angels school of post-VU psych. They were good and their set was definitely aided by the oldschool trippy oil-based visuals from the folks at Drippy Eye Projections. Bear in Heaven kept things weird as between-set DJs.

Both GOAT and Holy Wave will play Austin Psych Fest this weekend. More pictures from last night's MHOW set are below.

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Comments (36)

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Posted by Anonymous | April 24, 2013 4:25 PM

M(ore)
H(ate-filled)
O(atmeal)
W(hite people)

Posted by Anonymous | April 24, 2013 4:39 PM

SHOW OF THE YEAR! goatsmoke!

Posted by Anonymous | April 24, 2013 4:40 PM

Worst shit I've ever seen. Anyone who likes this is an asshole

Posted by Anonymous | April 24, 2013 4:41 PM

Thurston was there with his new lady love. She was wearing a burka though, so I couldn't tell who she was.

Posted by Anonymous | April 24, 2013 4:42 PM

^ Anyone who likes an asshole is this guy.

Posted by Anonymous | April 24, 2013 4:45 PM

OH MY GOD! WEED!

Posted by Anonymous | April 24, 2013 4:45 PM

oops. damn fast commenting. 4:45 was meant for the asshole afficionado @4:41.

Posted by Anonymous | April 24, 2013 4:46 PM

complete psychedelic ritual trance

Posted by Anonymous | April 24, 2013 4:46 PM

4:46 what a dope!

Posted by Anonymous | April 24, 2013 4:53 PM

pretty sad making corrections to your anonymous bv comments.

Posted by thurston moore's new chick | April 24, 2013 4:57 PM

Just what I need, another Black Sabbath/Antibalas/Go Team! hybrid. Seriously, that's just what I need.

Posted by Anonymous | April 24, 2013 4:58 PM

Definitely show of the year. Too bad the Goat missed GOAT.

Posted by Anonymous | April 24, 2013 5:02 PM

If only the Goat was there!! His Goatography was sorely missed. HE TAKES THE BEST GHOTOS! :-(

Posted by Anonymous | April 24, 2013 5:05 PM

what kind of turd gargler is named Goat? And misses a chance to see Goat?

Posted by Anonymous | April 24, 2013 5:09 PM

I heard the Goat is an upstanding member of his community.

Posted by Anonymous | April 24, 2013 5:17 PM

Enough about this mythical Goat person. I feel like someone is trying to make this guy the next hummus or frohawk. The Goat band, however, seriously put on a G(reatest) O(f) A(ll) T(ime) show.

Posted by Anonymous | April 24, 2013 5:20 PM

holy crap that was an amazing performance last night.

Posted by Anonymous | April 24, 2013 5:23 PM

another great set by the jesus lizard!

Posted by Anonymous | April 24, 2013 6:04 PM

Holy Wave!!!!!! Best Austin band! Hands down!

Posted by Alberto | April 24, 2013 6:39 PM

great ghotos! was supposed to go to this show with a guy who goes by the name "Goat" but he had an important "PTA meeting" & bailed at the last minute. hopefully these pics will bring further shame to him.

Posted by Anonymous | April 24, 2013 7:33 PM

Goat were awesome. Having a guy named Goat at Goat would have been mindblowing.

Posted by Anonymous | April 24, 2013 7:35 PM

Are Goat & Frohawk one and the same person?

Posted by Anonymous | April 24, 2013 7:39 PM

Goathawk works hard. he's losing weight. he drinks a protein shake, every day.

Posted by Anonymous | April 24, 2013 7:40 PM

441 As if you're not one. Now go back to your treasured Grimes cd.

Posted by Anonymous | April 24, 2013 9:26 PM

is 441 the Goat person?

Posted by Anonymous | April 24, 2013 9:50 PM

THESE GUYS WEAR MASKS? AND THEY'RE FROM SWEDEN?? holy shit what a bunch of assholes.

Posted by Anonymous | April 24, 2013 11:48 PM

The Goat wil BAAAAAAA again. Mark my words. This is not the last you have heard from the Goat. Or Goat the band, they seem popular.

Posted by Anonymous | April 25, 2013 7:26 AM

I saw Baaba Maal once.

Posted by Anonymous | April 25, 2013 7:28 AM

The soundman for this show should be fired, the snare drum sounded like a cheap casio sample, especially during holy wave's set.

Posted by Anonymous | April 25, 2013 1:28 PM

What a great song. Even Wwe used it for No way out 2003

Posted by reyez | April 27, 2013 7:40 AM

Definitely show of the year. Too bad the Goat missed GOAT.

Posted by Free e3lanat | April 28, 2013 3:49 AM

Anybody who says this was show of the year wasnt at Austin Psych Fest. They destroyed my mind and melted my face off. Dead Skeletons / Goat / Clinic in a row!

http://www.nyctaper.com/2013/04/goat-april-23-2013-music-hall-of-williamsburg-flacmp3streaming/

Posted by Anonymous | May 1, 2013 3:52 PM

Some say they are illigal immigrants making music while hiding from the police. Others talk about ancient voodoo tradition in northern Sweden.

Posted by Olive | May 15, 2013 4:33 AM

The concert images are really great. I am happy to see that there's are still a lot of fans of this band.

Posted by Leemas | July 20, 2013 6:06 PM

this song makes me want to tear off my skin and walk through fire

Posted by Loga | September 27, 2014 3:46 PM

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