Goose Bowls A Strike for Music City Debut [Photos/Video]

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goose opened a series of weekend shows, their fourth and fifth in as many nights, at Pierre Shapirois at the cutting edge of technology Brooklyn bowl in Nashville, TN on Friday. With a new notch in their proverbial belt of Goosemas VIIIand coming out of the tour opening radiators to the DCs 9:30 a.m. and The Fillmore in Charlotte, North Carolina, there was absolutely no doubt that Goose would raise the bar even higher and throw (yet another) pair of top gigs to mark the band’s first Music City appearance.

With long flowing locks (Ben “Spuds” Atkindwith the notable exception of Goose’s bald good looks) and visibly growing facial hair in real time, Goose looks a lot like a band on tour. And with the kind of full-team mind-meld that can only be the result of sharing cramped quarters with your best friends, it doesn’t just look like they’re sleeping in their tour bus, it looks like it, too.

Team Goose is positively composed. It starts with Mr. and Mrs. Everything Marta Goedde and Jon “Coach” Lombardiand continue with the tour manager Sam King. He transmits on the airwaves as he does in vivo with the front team of Goedde Sound & Light and the rising star of the stream/merch Naveed Quartermaster. And it plays out glorious note by note with the five men on stage enjoying themselves more than anyone, perhaps except the rabid fans who deliver it all with soul-purifying affirmation.

‘Atlas Dogs’ would debut on tour as Goose made its Nashville debut, with the anxious crowd simultaneously dancing in the dark and marching towards the light behind Rick Mitarotondathe first peaks and the emotional lyrics of . Speaking of mind melding, Goose’s transitioning play through improvisation was next level, as evidenced early on in the emotional ballad that meandered perfectly between the bouncy island vibes of “Butter Rum” and the teasing from “When The Saints”. Go in”.

Goose – “Atlas Dogs” – 03/04/22

As Pierre Anspach alternately in the spotlight on all his tropically colored instruments – an orange Vintage Vibe piano and a pink Fender Stratocaster – Spuds and the bassist Trevor Week found a pocket for Richk’s guitar solos that ignited the room. “Butter Rum” has become a serious jam vehicle in recent months and Peter’s work on the B3 organ has led his friends into a familiar off-script jam that has explored Medeski, Martin and Bois‘s “Bubblehouse” before finding a space vaguely reminiscent of the Pittsburgh jam on 2/12/22.

With best-in-class harmonies and heartbreaking lyrics, a ride down the emotional spectrum continued with an upbeat arrangement of “It Burns Within.” As I write these words on my 17th wedding anniversary, it’s worth noting that if I had to do it over again, IBW would be our wedding song, especially since the love my wife and I share for Goose’s music got stronger. the love that burns within us. Joy shared is joy doubled and just as that feeling fanned the flames of our union, it is also the phenomenon that drives the Goose community on a daily basis.

Peter showed his affinity for animals with a relatively simple tale of “The Whales” before finally giving in to “Switchin'”, the We s Montgomery instrumental which Goose extended behind searing guitar solos from Peter and Rick. Peter then kicked off the crowd with measured applause overhead before the band lined up for the first rehearsal of the tour as “Pancakes” was tapped out to close out the first set.

Even in its relative debut in Goose’s catalog (FTP 1/27/22), Goose has reliably extended each of its five readings of the Big Blue original well past the 20 minute mark (except for one that weighed in at 17:06 dense). Exploring new sonic territory that remained barely, if at all, attached to its original structure, the latest found everything from psychedelia to shredsville before falling back into the familiar short-pile chords it was born from. Is every “Pancakes” the best ever? So far, probably yes, but that’s beside the point. More importantly, has everyone been positive proof of Goose’s ability to paint an improvised masterpiece in real time? A resounding yes.

As I pondered the setbreak, taking this one from the comfort of home, I remembered that my grandfather used to avoid the stadium to watch the new York Dishes home, never deviating from his premise that the best seat in the house was in front of his TV. Goose’s production team made me think of that memory as they made their point throughout the stream.

With camera angles ranging from the hyper-engaged crowd to Andrew Godde, we’re also treated to intimate looks at Rick’s closed eyes moving up and down the neck of his guitar, Trevor’s icy coolness in the pocket, Ben’s measured ferocity on the kit, not to mention the contagion of Peter smiles and the sidelong glances that pass between them all night. But all that considered, perhaps no one shines brighter on camera than the Auxiliary Drummer. Jeffrey Arevalo, the multi-talented instrumentalist who joined the band in the summer of 2020. There’s nothing like the steady Jeff-cam to appreciate the value of his contributions as he tickles his wind chimes, adds a three-way harmony or s dramatically blossoms for a moment with a touch of his gong. To see his smile while he plays is to realize how much he brings to this band, both in personality and musicality.

The second set came back with drip fieldThe first single from “Borne”, another evolving account of the rapid yet brief evolution of the song’s history. A 24-minute “Rockdale” would follow, a Vasudo song first performed by Goose on 10/30/20 and rapidly gaining popularity the heaviest hitter in a catalog full of them. The play-by-play features double drums, three-way harmonies, punchy bass, a funky twist on Peter’s clavinet, and jaw-dropping guitar peaks as rainbow spotlights sparked ballistic energy a crowd.

“Researchers on The Ridge Pt. 1 & pt. 2″ climbed as usual before the Big Blue the classic “Yeti” arrived in all its bass-heavy glory, once again kicking the dance party into high gear. Although fans in the room are likely to have no idea, fans at home were treated to a back camera view of venue owner Peter Shapiro driving the coach to the bowling alleys just outside from the stage as the coach caught a ball and delivered a perfect shot in real time. It was an epic moment from an epic dude, a unique feat from the band’s founding father who delivers unique memories with consistent regularity.

Further evidence of Goose’s fun quotient followed shortly after the band slowed down in the middle of “Yeti” to allow Tweekz to pour himself a beer and regale the crowd with a poetry reading. But it wasn’t Robert Frost Where Edgar Allen Poe this time it was more the words of the southern poet Zac Alexander Chestnut“Chicken Fried” before the band brought the groove back for good. Strikes and poetry notwithstanding, “Yeti” is vintage Goose and this release reminded us that sooner or later, everything old becomes new again. Positively glorious.

Never giving up, Goose closed the set with a wildly enthusiastic, off-script retelling of “Magic Carpet Ride”, with the band once again pushing themselves and stretching the song far beyond its limits as they let the sound take them away. and brought steppe wolfthe words of life insistently.

Peter informed the crowd of Coach’s strike before a resounding encore of “Turned Clouds” put the finishing touches on what was arguably the best show from the last show until the next show. I wasn’t even at this one and had no intention of providing cover, but Goose’s artistry drew me in and inspired me to bring you these words, gloriously free from the bias of frequentation which generally stains my work. It’s a special band playing in a special venue in a special city at a special time in their lives. Miss the Music City finale at your peril. Tonight’s stream is available for purchase here.

Scroll down for a gallery of images of Goose at Brooklyn Bowl Nashville Courtesy of the photographer Keith Griner.

Setlist: Goose | Brooklyn Nashville Bowl | Nashville, TN | 03/04/22

Set One: Atlas Dogs {1} > Butter Rum {2} It Burns Within, The Whales > Switchin’ (Wes Montgomery), Pancakes

Set Two: Borne > Rockdale, Seekers On The Ridge Pt 1 & Pt 2, Yeti {3} > Magic Carpet Ride (Steppenwolf)

Encore: Turned Clouds

Coach Notes:

{1} “When Saints Enter” Tease

{2} “Bubblehouse” by Medeski, Martin and Wood teases

{3} During the song, the band entered a drone jam and Tweekz read poetry titled “Chicken Fried” by Zac Brown Band. Also during the jam, JonL threw a strike on the stream

Next show: 3.5.22 • Nashville, TN • Brooklyn Bowl

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