The sound of this incredible musician is as if someone took everything you love about classic rock and grunge, balled it up, stripped it back and gave a guy a guitar and a mic. There's no doubt there are influences in his music from the likes of the greats, but even so, there is a uniqueness that will keep you wanting more.
Thankfully, Gozer Goodspeed obliged my grilling questions for this interview, for which I am grateful and a tad excited.
Gozer Goodspeed's first EP is available today via his Bandcamp Site, or on the 12th August on all platforms. You can read my review of the EP - as fan-girlish as it is - right here.
Ooh La La by Goldfrapp, on my car stereo.
Q: The Beatles or The Rolling Stones?
The Stones, though I like both bands. Early Stones, of course.
Q: What instruments do you play?
Guitar is the only instrument I really play well. However I’m OK on the Greek bouzouki and have written some songs using that – and then transposed them to guitar (3 of the songs on my EP were originally written on the zouk). And I have been known to noodle gracelessly on a keyboard or a piano!
Q: Best music to dance to?
Oh funk, every time. Failing that, foot-stomping Irish folk.
Q: Which album would you identify as your most played?
Historically, it’s probably Achtung Baby by U2, which was hugely influential on me. These days – it’d be probably be one of Bonobo’s albums, maybe Animal Magic. However PJ Harvey’s Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea is also, according to
iTunes, one of my most played albums ever.
Q: Which musician/group was your teenage obsession?
Nirvana. I was into them before they went supernova. By the time they went supernova they suddenly didn’t feel like my band anymore... but what a band they were.
Q: If you could see any musician/band play live right now, who would it be?
It would have been Bowie just a few months ago – I’m still gutted about his
death. Now? I’d really like to see Arcade Fire play live, and Seasick Steve, and
Quantic with his Flowering Inferno or Combo Barbaro.
Not really. Jimi Hendrix was an early idol of mine. John Lee Hooker was another. Nick Drake was yet another. Bowie was a huge influence. I could go on... and on... and on!
Q: What was the first concert you went to and what do you remember most
It was a hair metal band called Mad Hatter, who were playing at a local
pub. The lead singer had a shirt unbuttoned down to his navel and climbed up
to sit on one of the PA speakers mid-set. He sang falsetto, a lot. I remember
thinking it was ridiculous, but hugely enjoyable!
Q: What can we expect from your first release, The Rattlebone Colour EP?
Just under 15 minutes of upbeat acoustica, played vigorously and with a lot of
Q: Tell me how you came down the road of this EP. How did the journey start?
At the beginning of this year I did a charity gig and a few people got excited by
my set. I realised that I had a bunch of songs that I really ought to record. I set
about honing them, and then I found Momentum Studios and the excellent
producer Josiah Manning. And it all came together, albeit slowly.
Q: Your EP is beautifully engaging and raw. What do you love the most about
the stripped back acoustic sound?
It’s honest. You can’t fake it. I’m a big fan of people who can just pick up an instrument and make you feel something, tell you a story, or suck you in with their raw passion. That’s what I’m aiming to do. No idea if it’s working! Also there’s a lot less gear to lug around with acoustic stuff, and the sound of an acoustic guitar never goes out of fashion.
Q: Have you always embraced the acoustic scene, or have you experimented
with other styles?
I started off in a metal band, I was in a funk outfit, I was in an
indie band, and I’ve played in acoustic and folk duos. I’ve been around.
Surprisingly, gratifyingly good. I’m not taking anything for granted though! Tracks from it have been played on a couple of radio shows and lots of people have said nice
things... I’m sure it won’t last!
Q: You recently played live on local radio, tell me about that experience.
It was great. It wasn’t the first time I’ve been on radio but it was the first time on that
particular radio station. The DJ, Jackson Cooper. is a real music fan and had some pretty in-depth questions for me to chew on. It was a laugh, but it’s difficult switching between ‘interview mode’ and ‘live performance mode’. I basically worry I’m too bloody dull to interview and should probably just stick to playing music!
Q: Where can we find you live?
At time of writing, I’m due to play tomorrow at a venue in Plymouth called the B-bar, and I have a clutch of low key things in the pipeline. However my next gig of real note is at the Looe Music festival, on September 24 th . That’s going to be a blast – it’s a whole festival in an amazingly scenic fishing port in Cornwall.
Q: What’s next for Gozer Goodspeed?
Working on my collection of hats... er no, actually I’ve got a few gigs, and a very talented friend of mine has been working on a music video for ‘Rattlebone Colour’, which I can’t wait to see. Apart from that, I’m writing new material and I’m hoping to record another EP in about six months’ time.
The Rattlebone Colour EP will be available on all platforms from the 12th of August.
You can get your advanced copy from August 10th via Gozer Goodspeed's Bandcamp site.