After seeing so many shows itâ€™s hard to get excited especially when youâ€™ve been listening to a bandâ€™s MySpace 24/7. Itâ€™s even harder when none of your friends want to check said band outâ€”itâ€™s almost like a battle. You have to keep defending this little known band and describing how awesome they areâ€”that is until you see them live and you are truly blown away. Seeing Gobble Gobble live, was like that. I felt like I had just plugged my finger into an electric socketâ€”I was recharged.
Curious to see what their likeâ€”check out their MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/leatherjowels, it’s filled with animated furby .gifs, kaleidoscope colors, creepy looking animated romans statues, a hand sculpture, and various other â€œhey I just invented the internetâ€ animations. Itâ€™s actually entertaining and after seeing them live I can say I â€œget itâ€. Venture over to their music and youâ€™ll be infectedâ€”their riffs are so catchy. Thatâ€™s basically what happened to meâ€”I was intrigued. I stalked the bandâ€™s page eager to see when they would come to New York from Canada (their homeland). I even emailed their publicist to see what the guys were up to.
Fast forward about 6 months and my bestie at The Audio Perv, who I basically would not stop telling to check out Gobble Gobble, was able to hook me up to check them out at Glasslands in Brooklyn. I could not contain my excitement, I responded â€œof courseâ€ in caps, to you know, show my excitement.
I arrived at Glasslands and I couldnâ€™t contain myself, I convinced a friend to come who had never even heard of the band, I promised it was going to be an epic show. The first two bands were ehâ€”I canâ€™t even really remember their names, they were a bit too experimental for my tastes. Once Gobble Gobble started to set upâ€”I knew this was going to be an unforgettable experience– all of the bandsâ€™ equipment was set up directly on the venue floor. They were 2 inches away from the audience mob. Finally ready, the guys started their shtick. At 12AM the venue was completely dark and out of nowhere lead singer, Cecil (he has a really interesting hairdo) came out with a pair of white wings and these glow stick gloves where he started tantalizing the audience like some sort of Edward Scissorhands meets E.T., singing a slow number. The music then went full blown crazy when the other three members of the band ran out wearing these tutus with shorts and basically running through the crowd with tambourines and drums and other instruments wanting people to get involved.
The music stands aloneâ€”the production is great and builds an unexplainable draw to listeners, especially their notable tracks- “Lawn Knives,” “Wrinklecarver,” “Eat Sun Son,” and “End of Days.” At the start everyone, even myself were a bit confusedâ€”were we supposed to dance, watch the performance, or participate with the props? The band at one point even had shovels, a leaf blower, a spaceman sheet creation, a fake ear, human body props, tutus, stilts, circus pants, a giant tent, confetti. It was Sensory Overload, but I was in love. Everyone was dancing and smiling and just going apeshit. It was awesome.
Sadly though everything comes to an end, and for their last track the group played a joke and started to cover House of Painâ€™s “Jump Around,” then segued into the Pixies’s “Where is My Mind?”. Gobble Gobble’s layered effects and shrill vocals, paired together, completely altered the track, and in a lot of ways made it betterâ€”it was unbelievable live. The show culminated with flashing lights, synth overload and a general euphoric feeling to everyone who had just spent 45 minutes of pure dance funâ€”it also didnâ€™t hurt that there was a giant tent floating over everyoneâ€™s heads.
Seeing Gobble Gobble live was everything and more than what I expected. It was one of the best experiences of my life. I will definitely be checking them out again the next time they are in NY. I also think they have something a lot of artists lackâ€”true creativity. They stand completely alone in a music world that is filled with clichÃ©s, and personally I think their interactive approach to performing is the future of music. I left the show with an ear-to-ear smile, and thatâ€™s what counts at the end of the day. Cheers!