Swedish destructo-hippies Goat have announced the release of a new compilation, the cheekily referential Headsoup, and have previewed the new album with the single ‘Queen of the Underground’.
Utilising some aggressively quacky wah-wah guitar and a driving rhythm section more reminiscent of funk metal, ‘Queen of the Underground’ finds the band spewing their psychedelic sound out of your speakers and mainlining straight into your brain. When the vocals start proclaiming the band’s own royal status, the last thing you would expect is a jazz flute solo, but that’s exactly what you get. It’s awesome. Mental, but awesome.
“Who says a rock band can’t play funk? Electric guitars can be just as sexy today as when Eddie Hazel funked the shit out of ‘em,” the band explain in a press release.
Amen to that. Bringing the funk back is always welcomed in my little corner of music, especially when it’s dressed up in experimental electronic touches and a pounding drum and bass combo. Speaking of dressing up, if you’re not familiar with the costumed antics of Goat, then boy is it a fun rabbit hole to dive down.
Their concocted origin story is wild: it’s a tale that involves voodoo, curses, Christianity, trances, and somehow rock music. Allegedly different versions of the band have been passed down from generation to generation, making Goat an entity nearly four decades in the making. That’s almost certainly not true, but never let the truth get in the way of a good story, right?
What we do know is that the band were first signed to Rocket Recordings in the early 2010s and have been freaking people out with their genre-bending sound and theatrical live show ever since. Watching YouTube videos of them is now a favourite pastime of mine, and I’m going to have to keep an eye out for when the band decides to gig in my neck of the woods.
Check out the video for ‘Queen of the Underground’ down below. Headsoup is set for an August 27 release.