Goat, Holy Wave | Empty Bottle | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

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When: Thu., May 2, 9:30 p.m. 2013

Swedish heavy-psych band Goat cannibalizes pan-African, Haitian, and Middle Eastern styles for a sound that’s as fluid as its lineup—though it’s difficult to say who’s in the group at any given point. Last year’s World Music (Rocket Recordings/Stranded Rekords) features three core members plus a mob of guests (the live lineup is usually seven people), but the musicians conceal their real names and wear masks onstage and in photos. Thus it’s easy to be skeptical of their backstory, no matter how badly I want to believe that they hail from a tiny northern town called Korpilombolo that has a history of voodoo practice. Either way, though, Goat’s music has the magnetic mysticism of black magic: their album sounds like theme music for an acid-fueled hippie cult that runs a satanic disco in Nigeria. The band’s dark, cosmic style builds on a foundation of metal and psych to create a hazy trance that can be eerie or blissed-out, and those feelings link the best songs on World Music, so that they sound like distant cousins of one another. “Run to Your Mama” could’ve been ripped from a chase scene in a 70s blaxploitation film, then covered by a bhangra band that’s into early Sabbath, and “Det Som Aldrig Förändras / Diarabi” creates a transcendental aura with fuzzy, mind-melting organs and go-go percussion. —Leor Galil Holy Wave opens.

Price: $10

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