Lead Vocals / Guitar / Clarinet: Aidan Ward
Keyboards / Pineapples / Vocals: Ben Einstein
Bass / Vocals: Derek Burle
Trombone / Vocals: Lindsay Alexis
Drums: Taylor Moxon
Contact email: email@example.com
Hometown: Oakland, CA
Genre: Surf Punk/Swing Punk.
Sounds Like: The Pixies, Squirrel Nut Zippers, Shannon and the Clams, Man Man, CAKE, DEVO
INTERVIEW WITH THE BAND:
- SF Critic - “So” Video Premiere
- Bay Bridged: “So” Single Release
- I Heart SF Bands - Van Goat Show Review
- Theundiscovered.co - “The News” Video Write-up
- SF WEEKLY - “Revival” Video Write-up
- Polka Cafe “Wanna Be Like You” Video Writeup
- Santa Cruz Weekly - Concert Preview
- KALX Radio: Live performance and interview
- Bay Bridged: “Give Video Premiere”
- KDVS - Top 10 Most Played Records (3/8/15 - 4/21/15)
- Bay Bridged: Max Savage’s Song-Freud
- I Heart SF Bands - “Get To Know” the band
- Bay Bridged: Counter Culture MGMT / Pass Go MGMT Showcase
- Theundiscovered.co - “Revival” Video Review
- Bay Bridged: “Bare Lincoln” Announcement
- Signal Boost with America Young - Band Showcase
- Bay Bridged: “The News” Video Premiere
- I Heart SF Bands - Live Performance Review
- Those Artsy Kids - Interview
Van Goat takes the tradition of fun, fast, eclectic surf rock started by bands such as Agent Orange, The Pixies, and The Minutemen, mixed with their own brand of swing punk reminiscent of The Squirrel Nut Zippers. Fast, crass, and extremely catchy, Van Goat’s music is defined by constant hooks and changes.
Members Aidan, Ben, Derek, and Taylor met in Santa Cruz playing in a variety of high energy funk, surf, swing, and rock bands. The four moved to the Bay Area and formed a band called Bear Lincoln with the sole purpose of finding and honing a new sound and working as hard as possible to get that sound out. The ethos was built on constantly playing shows, performing anyplace that would have them. Averaging a show a week for the first 2 years (2013-2014), the band became incredibly tight, and incredibly tired. They played shows at The Independent and Noise Pop and toured Southern California twice, and they have shared the stage with eclectic powerhouses Dengue Fever and Battlehooch.
Following this string of constant live shows, the band spent the next two years focusing on songwriting, recording, and getting their shit together. They’ve come out the other end with a more focused, polished sound. In 2017, they adopted itinerant horn player and vocalist Lindsay Alexis, a finalist on the hit television show "Trombone You Think You Can Dance."
While visiting a farm in Pescadero, CA, a goat spoke to singer Aidan Ward and told him, “You are Van Goat”. And they were. With their new single ‘So’, and EP 'So Far No Good,' the band has found their genre-bending, high energy sound that is not to be missed.