Not only do I like the name Goats of Death but I love the ways it contrasts against the name of their EP Made in America. Made in America by Goats of Death. It has a ring to it. The current lineup Cam Holtcamp (guitar), Joe Robertson (drums), Chris Cortright (bass) and Matt Fisher (vocals/guitar) apparently were best buds and the songs were made by accident! I’m not sure how you accidentally write a song but they made three of them and varying results.
They open with a success entitled “Made in America.” It revolves around a couple of distorted power chords, hard-hitting drums and a steady bass. The vocals are distorted and work well in the mix. Fisher sings, “i see you, stupid copper, walking my way / i bet you got something racist to say / ain’t got nothing better to do anyway.” It’s a solid, simple song.
Up next is “All the Liez.” I was instantly reminded of The Strokes. Fisher’s inflection sounds similar to Julian Casablancas. I can’t even tell you how many indie bands sound similar to The Strokes that have come through this very website . If there's any advice I have for bands it's to not sound like The Strokes because it’s easily the most replicated sound in the last fifteen years.
Luckily, the band veers away from The Strokes vibe on their last track “Deep Thought” which is the highlight by a good margin. The song is the most original and unique sounding out of three and I hope this song is the foundation for their future work. All things considered the song isn't fancy but there are some inventive guitar riffs along with parts. Take for example the part around three minutes. The band deconstructs the song as it goes in unexpected directions.
Overall, Goats of Death is a work in progress. With only three songs out so far they are a case of wait and see. If they build off the success of “Deep Thought” I can only foresee good things happening.
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