12 Jun 2013
Get the FACTs on Goat
FACT Magazine have published a feature an interview with Goat after their successful show at Primavera Sound:
“IMAGINE BEING PUT INSIDE A BIG DRUM WITH YOUR FAMILY AND THEN SENT OUT FOR A RIDE IN SPACE”: FREAKING OUT WITH MASKED MYSTICS GOAT
As Blur’s ‘Girls & Boys’ sparks the first visible signs of excitement at Barcelona’s Primavera festival, whose concrete expanse feels not dissimilar to a chilly Clapham car park, it’s hard to peel away to see the experimental Swedish tribal-funk act starting on an adjacent stage.
Goat are already in full swing. Two female singers draped in colourful outfits – part Islamic head-dress, part Voodoo gown – are flying around the stage to Afrobeat drums and wailing psychedelic guitar riffs that don’t scrimp on the wah-wah. The two return from their running dances to chant and cackle down their microphones. “People get rea-dy! Under the rain-bow!” they sing in unison, “People keep danc-ing! Into the ear-ly dawn!” A masked band member launches into an unashamedly-long keyboard solo with all the richness and imperfections of some jam off a 1970s Ethiopiques record. Goat, it seems, are much more fun than 20-year-old Britpop.
The masked band hail from Korpilombolo, a sleepy village in Sweden’s sparsely-populated northern wilderness located between Lapland and the Baltic Sea. According to Goat, or more accurately their press release, Voodoo arrived to Korpilombolo centuries ago via a travelling witch doctor and her followers, who were searching for the village by means of a cipher hidden within some ancient scripture. Their customs and music took hold and remained undisturbed for centuries, before crusaders came and vanquished them. The Voodoo curse still hangs over the town and is now channelled through Goat’s music…"
Read the rest of the piece here: FACT Magazine