"Spectacularly catchy and exciting and addictive"    - The Bay Bridged

"Masterfully mixing Swing, Surf, Punk, and Pineapples into a magical Concoction." - I Heart SF Bands

BIOgraphy

Van Goat is one of those bands that is nostalgic but contemporary. Their songs pull from classic swing, punk, surf, ska, and rock‘n‘roll, but they have a sound all of their own, similar to influences Man Man, Shannon and the Clams, and Gogol Bordello. On their first full-length, slotted to be released this May through Prize Fighter Records, they mix driving guitar with clarinet, trombone, and the electric pineapple. Nearly every song is under three minutes with hot hooks, four-part harmonies, pronounced dynamics, and pointed lyrics.

The band is from Oakland and play up and down California. They released their first EP ‘So Far No Good’ in January 2016. Only a four-piece at the time, they soon met Lindsay Alexis, who added a brassy nuance and a powerful voice to the mix. Their live show is not to be missed and they have built a dedicated following on the West Coast.

Follow Me Under

On their first full-length album ‘Follow Me Under,’ Van Goat combines elements of swing, punk, ska, surf, psych and rock and roll - but have managed to find cohesion amongst eclecticism. No two songs sound alike, yet each song is distinctly Van Goat.

Much of this is due to the distinct and powerful vocals of both Aidan Ward and Lindsay Alexis. Ward also handles guitar and clarinet and Alexis the trombone. The rhythm section, composed of Derek Burle and Taylor Moxon, creates a unique pocket that is as bombarding as a stampede and tightly woven as an underwater basket. Ben Einstein is the band’s mad scientist, adding an array of instruments including the melodica, synthesizer, and electric pineapple. Not to mention he’s a firecracker on stage.

At its core, Follow Me Under is a swing-punk record. The band’s blend of these two  genres can be heard most prominently on the title track, as well as album closer ‘I Live In A Bubble’ and their cover of Frankie ‘Halfpint’ Jackson’s ‘Willie the Weeper.’ Other standouts include ‘Nothing Matters’, a night-gone-wrong ballad sung by Alexis and Ward’s “Ew La La,” a surf doo-wop rug-cutter.

Ward takes lead on all but two songs on the record. His lyrics examine serious subjects like overpopulation on ‘Dry Me Out’ and xenophobia on ‘National Identity,’ but he maintains a sense of humor. On ‘Aunt Arctica’ he looks at the construction of an oil pipeline through the eyes of a moose. His lyrics are also personal, most notably on ‘To Be Loved’ and ‘Hide and Seek.’

Follow Me Under is being released through Prize Fighter Records in May of 2018 on 12” vinyl. Although there are many singles, ‘Follow Me Under’ is an album with dynamics, interludes, and ebbs and flows.This is one of those albums best listened to as a record: front to back.


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