Bleat bleat! Goat Girl are ready to play VISIONS festival!
Staged on Saturday August 5th Visions once again sees a heap of adventurous bands meet up with the wild temptations of a legendary Haggerston tattoo shop, a popular dog show and more street food than you can shake a fish taco at.
The festival – which is held across a handful of venues around London Fields – celebrates its fifth birthday with the arrival of Detroit noise agitators Wolf Eyes and the Danish pop provocateur Jenny Hval. It also features a host of up-and-coming bands, such as London’s Goat Girl who will toasting to success of their new Rough Trade single.
Goat Girl – who consist of Ellie (guitar), Lottie (singer), Naima (bass) and Rosie (drums) – is named after the questionable Bill Hicks comedy sketch Goat Boy (“It’s disgusting,” says Lottie, although she’s quick to add: “But I like his social commentary and the satirical element to what he did,”). The band are fresh out of their respective London colleges and a million miles away from everything else ‘new’ you’ll hear right now.
The band started in auspicious fashion: “A year ago Ellie and I were playing a cult open mic night in south London run by someone who used to be in Hawkwind,” says Naima. “Then we met Lottie in the street outside a house party. And later we met Rosie in the audience at The Windmill in Brixton.” Goat Girl was born.
All four members of Goat Girl are under 20, but their relative youth isn’t what makes them stand out. It’s the compelling music, stupid. “There is a teenage angst in our songs,” says Ellie. “But I think that was inevitable growing up in London over the last 10 years.”
To learn more, we asked the Goat Girls to reveal the albums or songs that have had the biggest influence on their lives. They each chose something – but who knew the spaced-out psychedelic rock of Texas trio Khraungbin would feature? Read for yourself…
Rosy: Sonic Youth – Daydream Nation
The record that’s had the biggest impact on my life would have to be ‘Daydream Nation’ by Sonic Youth. I’ve always really connected with discordant sounding music, and there were always parts of songs that satisfied me in that way. However, when I found them it all sounded like that and I couldn’t believe that there was a band that got it. I think I must have been 15 when my dad lent me the cd. Then my dad’s friend lent me a big handful of their other albums. I went a bit mad. I’ve even got a tattoo as an ode to the tune ‘Bull in the Heather’.
Ellie: Beth Woodbine – Best Before End
Beth Woodbine has definitely influenced me. The male/female softly spoken harmonies are sweet. But the instrumentation can be slightly eerie and atonal, with fuzzy distorted guitars. They have the perfect balance of good songwriting and elements of abnormality in the recordings. For me, the songs evoke emotions of melancholy, love and anger – all at the same time. I remember my dad used to play the song Mound of Venus in the car when I was younger and it really made me feel something, I don’t quite know what… but after that I wanted to make music that made people feel something, too.
Ellie: Khraungbin – The Universe Smiles Upon You
I recently discovered and love this album. It’s quite groove orientated, with some vocals and slight psych-style guitar, but it’s mostly instrumental. I also like the single note guitar style, the relaxed drums and hooky basslines. It’s one of those albums I will never get bored of hearing and can play it when I’m in any kind of mood. That’s when you know an album is good!
Ellie: Mellah – Greeny Blue
This is one of my favourite songs at the moment. I can relate to the lyrics, yet they are subtle and clever. Such as: “The easier it gets the less you try” and “Somebody is telling me to step in line” and “Can I have a minute just to waste your time”. And that’s not to mention his voice, which is quite unusually fantastic and carries nicely above the slightly washed out, phased guitar. While the outro with the overlapping syncopated vocals leave you in a kind of daze and you want to hear the song all over again.
Lottie: Metronomy – Pip Paine (Pay the £5,000 You Owe)
Pip Paine is an album I can pretty much listen to at any point and still be taken back to the initial excitement of hearing it. I remember first discovering the album when I was about 17 and it changing my whole idea of music’s potential. It has now influenced a lot of my work and has lead me to discover similar music. It’s primarily an instrumental dance album but with a load of experimentation, from the weird sounding drum machines and jittery rhythms to the dissonant melodies. You cannot put it in a box. It’s hard to say which is my favourite track from the album, as each one is so different and interesting.