Starting off the week with more recent music and a session by Goat Girl, for Marc Riley at BBC 6 Music on July 26th of this year.
With their debut album out and have already finished their first U.S. tour, opening for Parquet Courts, Goat Girl have been getting a considerable amount of positive word-of-mouth. Spending the remaining months of the year touring Europe and throughout the UK, Goat Girl have come a long way from their initial hype as one of the UK’s most promising bands, while still in their teens. Their music was likened to post-Libertines with a pessimistic edge, brought on largely by the post-Brexit atmosphere in Britain and the gentrification issues facing London (and just about every other major city in the world) along with the erosion of the creative independent edge which made London one of the cultural centers of the world. Despite all that, they’ve managed to carve out an engaging and original niche. They’ve been described as playful and unsettling while building something distinctly new and surreal in the face of a crazy, aimless time.
So maybe Goat Girl is the right band at the right time – you cannot call their music depressing, but neither can you call it mindlessly hopeful. It avoids giddiness like the plague, but it doesn’t take itself too seriously. There is a sort of “it is what it is” quality in their work which is essentially a good thing. We forget that art often reflects the times – and times of anxiety and stress and the sheer uncertainty of waking up in the morning can be catalysts for poetic observation that can (and often do) foment change. It’s been a long time since we’ve had our world shaken and turned upside down. To come to grips with it via words and expressions from the heart is ultimately a healing thing; it’s also a call to action. Face it, we need to get off our asses and start changing things. And Goat Girl is offering those subtle electric prods to do just that.
Count me in.