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    So 10.11. GOZU

    10. November @ 19:00 - 23:00

    CFBM präs.: Gozu


    Bio by: Dan Slessor

    To deserve the term ‘timeless’, an album really does have to transcend the era in which it was created. Equilibrium unequivocally achieves this. With roots in 60s psychedelia and classic rock, the fuzzy stoner riffs of the 70s, the grit of 90s grunge and the winning dirty rock n’ roll that has in recent years made a resurgence, Boston, MA’s Gozu have been churning out killer records since 2009. With 2016’s Revival they took their sound in a somewhat new and more aggressive direction, and in doing so, dropped the most compulsive, exciting and downright badass release of their career – and Equilibrium has only raised the stakes. “We wanted these songs to hit a nerve, make people shake their ass and enjoy simply being alive,” says vocalist/guitarist Marc “Gaff” Gaffney, who founded the band with lead guitarist Doug Sherman. Much of the record’s strength stems from the unit growing since Revival. “I would have to say that the band is sounding the best it ever has right now,” Gaffney states plainly. “It takes a bit of time to feel everything out. When you are serious about it, you have to work as a team, and we are four guys that dig the same kind of music and love to play, but we all bring in different elements that give us our sound. It is not just one person channeling, it’s the four of us bringing in the ingredients and together making it a delicious meal.”

    From the moment the opening riff that heralds the arrival of “Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat” erupts until the final feedback of closer “Ballad Of ODB” dies away, there is not a wasted moment on Equilibrium. Having reunited with Revival producer Dean Baltulonis (Hatebreed/Goes Cube/The Hold Steady) at Wild Arctic Studio in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, the record is certainly the catchiest and most instant music dropped by the quartet, embracing their love of pop music but without compromising on any of the other vital elements of their sound. “We specifically focused on songwriting as a whole on this album, looking at past albums and wanting to focus on creating earworms: big choruses, solos, huge vocals and melodies,” states Sherman. “Gaff is a true force in the studio and his vocals are simply incomparable, and Joe and Mike also communicated musically on another level during the sessions, which makes for a more cohesive album.” It is more or less impossible to listen to the likes of “They Probably Know Karate” or “Prison Elbows” and not find yourself humming the refrains hours – if not days – later. At the same time, the former also wields one of the most crushing riffs you’re likely to hear in 2018, and the heavily and gorgeously layered outro passages of the latter serve to take the listener to a whole other place. While the existence of a song that could be described simultaneously as “Alan Holdsworth meets Fuze” and “Neurosis meets Jeff Buckley” seems doubtful, this is exactly what they have realized with the eleven-minute sprawl of the aforementioned “Ballad Of ODB”. “It was the first song we wrote for ‘Equilibrium’, and the way it originally started was much different than what you hear on the album,” states Gaffney. “For me, it took a superb journey of open space and almost a meditative stance in the verses, and the intro simply morphed into something rather organically and we let it ride.” Indeed, “letting it ride” is something that serves the band well, and every song pulls its weight. Furthermore, defying those that proclaim the album a ‘dead format’, there is a true ebb and


    10. November
    19:00 - 23:00