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Show #120: Goliathon Returns

By: Darrin Snider (darrin at indyintune dot com)
Saturday, October 20, 2012 5:00:00 PM

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The last time I interviewed Goliation, November of 2009, they were literally a garage band.  Or was it a laundry room band?  I sat in on part of a practice, heard some really rough demos, and chatted with them out on the patio (they were mostly still living at home at the time).  I remember at the time being most impressed with the "feel" (for lack of a better term) with which they played.  Sure some of them had had some musical training here and there, but to make the leap from rote recital to instinctively playing in a complex poly-rhythm/multimeter composition, to have a grasp of the power of dynamics, and above all an understanding of how to properly play with other musicians -- sitting out at times; stepping up at times -- well, maybe for one or two guys, but certainly not for an entire band.  When I learned they were planning to start work with a producer, I was both enthused at the possibilities, but quietly saddened at the prospect that a more-refined ear would somehow cull the unbridled experimentation and innovation of a great band.

Three years later, this interview anachronistically plugs the release of what was then their upcoming CD, Pretend It's Not Happening, which allayed any fear I may have had about someone else tampering with a band that I loved.  Goliathon still remains a force to be reckoned with.  Sure, the compositions are a bit tighter, the sound is a bit more refined, but the willingness to experiment, while kept a bit more accessible, is still first and foremost.  No longer a bunch of kids in a garage, Goliathon are now serious players in the local scene, commanding respect and attention from several of their peers, occasionally on this show.  I look forward to seeing what the next year brings them.

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