Inhale. Hold it. Goooooaaaattt!!
It’s kinda the only immediate, appropriate response to The Dirty Ones, the new, raging slab from San Francisco garage-heshers, Lost Goat. We’re not talking about rocket science, here. But if you were interested in rocket science, you prolly wouldn’t be reading about a band called Lost Goat. So here we are. The setup is familiar — guitar, bass, drums, vocals — and, for the most part, so is the delivery. But somewhere between bassist-singer Erica Stoltz’s hyper-dramatic, paranoid classic-rawk wail and a production sound that lets you know exactly what the band’ll sound like when you’re standing, double-fisting Budweisers in a flea-bitten dive, taking the sound in, Lost Goat manages a go-for-broke swaggering appeal.
Guitarist Eric Peterson rocks the sinewy blooz riffage and drummer Tina Gordon lets the beat hang loose-limbed around the Goat’s going-nowhere-fast-and-enjoying-the-buzz pace. The whole affair feels like Southern-fried Sabbath stuck in the North woods howling to either scare off trespassers or to attract would-be rescuers and then eat them.
Sure, there are dozens of bands trolling similar waters, crammed into late-model Econolines taking in Waffle Houses between stops in midsized towns offering free beer, a place to crash and at least a couple dozen die-hards who care enough to raise their fist for the big riff. However, but for a few production tweaks here and there and a whitewashing of lyrical content, there’s also a hundred sub-Lost Goat quality bands touring on a label’s dime and clogging up the rock radio airwaves on the back of payola cashish. Lost Goat sticks to its guns and — judging by the evidence presented on The Dirty Ones — rocks and walks the talk. If that ain’t enough to keep you off the Puddle of Mudds, Godsmacks and tired alt/classic-rock retreads clamoring for your cash, then ignore Lost Goat.
There may be nothing new under the sun, but Lost Goat is at least a true rock believer. Fire up.
E-mail Chris Handyside at email@example.com.
We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Detroit Metro Times. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Detroit Metro Times, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Detroit Metro Times works for you, and your support is essential.
Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Detroit and beyond.
Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.
Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Detroit's true free press free.