Goblin Cock @ Highline Ballroom (2/11/2009)

The CD for Goblin Cock called “Come With Me If You Want To Live” had only recently arrived on my reviewers table and I did like the Doomish riffs being laid down enough to say that I enjoyed it. The timing of this was perfect as the band had also scheduled an area appearance in NYC and what better way to absorb what a band is all about than in the live sense. I made my way down to the Highline Ballroom where I would find both Orphan and Warship providing support and should you want to learn more just click the logo below to be taken to our item on the main PiercingMetal.com site. We shot photos and offered commentary about all the players this evening and it was surely an interesting time to say the least.

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Artist: Goblin Cock
Venue: Highline Ballroom (New York, NY)
Opener: Warship, Orphan
Date: 2/11/2009
Label: Rob Core Records

Having recently recieved the album “Come With Me If You Want To Live” by the band Goblin Cock and finding it somewhat interesting; I decided to catch the area appearance that was going to happen at the Highline Ballroom this evening. It was a good night to do something and since this would be the chance to absorb not one, but three new bands in concert I took a chance on it. The show would also feature Orphan and Warship so I got in early enough to see what everyone was going to be about musically. Here is how the event progressed should you have missed it and heard good things after the fact.

Orphan: These guys were a two-piece group that featured only a bassist and a drummer. The drums were kept rather steady by the girl who was playing while the bassist had a really heavy distortion going on with his rig which I felt upped the beefiness of the sound. When they started playing I found it interesting to notice that they played facing each other and not the audience. I admit that this is a personal pet peeve of mine but perhaps it’s part of this bands mystique. Some people refer to type of thing as being “Shoe Gaze” but with only the one guitarist looking down and no one else in the band but he and the drummer I was hard pressed to label them. This could very well be what is being referred to as “Hipster Metal” and while such a title might cause the purists some disdain, I am happy to see Metal music infiltrating more and more ranks of listeners. I had to give credit to Speck Brown on the drums, as she was sitting directly next to the bass amp and that was one loud mother. The bass and vocals were being handled by Brendan Majewski. It’s safe to say that if you like Doomish riffs and a lot of distortion that they might appeal to you. Check them out if that is your thing. Warship was up next.

Warship: I was told that these guys came from being former members of Long Island’s own From Autumn To Ashes and I had to say that I really liked the three-piece outfit from the moment they began to play this evening. The “front man” is actually drummer Francis Mark who offers up the vocals while pounding away solidly on the drums. He was not merely playing simple 4/4 time, but at some points really thrashing away and offering up technical patterns while not seeming to lose a breath. One could almost feel his physical exhaustion during the longer song breaks and if you liked what he did with FATA then I am confident that you will like his new project. They recorded material with Rob Lauritsen who did bass and guitar, but I was not sure that he was one of the two other musicians on the stage tonight. I don’t believe they were since one of them mentioned how they were happy to be a part of Mark’s new project and bringing it to the stage. There was a lot of feeling and groove to their sound and it was something that I would see again. His drums tonight looked to be vintage and one of the toms had a car jack holding it in place. I felt that some road work band aid action was being demonstrated but I was told that the leg had broken and the toms overall weight was too much for anything less. They were copper and sounded awesome. I wish Francis good luck with this very different sounding project and feel it opens up his fans to some other feels in heavy music that are worth visiting. They’re recorded product is called “Supply and Depend” and this should be investigated by even those remotely curious. Now it was time for Goblin Cock and I was really looking forward to what they would be like after being impressed by all the talented openers.

Goblin Cock: By the time that Goblin Cock was ready to play, those who were here tonight mainly for Warship had moved aside and let those fans of Goblin Cock move forward. It was interesting to see two distinct crowds in place for a show, as often everyone just mingles and shuffles about. There were amusing shirts on sale that proclaimed “I Love Goblin Cock” but I failed to take a snap of one of them for the photos we presented. The bands “roadies” ran about the stage setting everything up and the guitar roadie’s shirt said “Guitar Tech” while the drummers said “Drum Tech”, and of course for those who were aware of this bands presentation already would tell me later – the roadies were in fact the band members themselves. The stage filled with the pre-requisite Metal show smoke and the lights became very dramatic as out walked the members of Goblin Cock who were all garbed as what appeared to be wraiths. Long robes and hoods and faces pretty much covered with the exception of the singer and drummer who you could hardly make out unless you really looked hard. It was very dramatic to say the least and this would be how the band remained for the night as they delivered a solid set of Doom and Drone styled Metal. Leading the group is Lord Phallus who in real life goes by the name Rob Crow who is also a member of the band Pinback. That bands Indie Rock style was far from the course being taken by Goblin Cock this evening so I was not sure if any of their fans were in the audience tonight.

The band is made up of Bane Ass-Pounder (guitar), King Sith (bass), Braindeath (drums) and Loki Sinjuggler (keyboards) and during the show there seemed to be a duel between the keyboardist and one of the masked axe-slingers to see who would hold up the Metal horns the most often and for the longest amount of time. You knew that they were playing up to some of the Metal mystique by doing this and with a sense of comedic flair as well when for no reason whatsoever a human skull was brought out and held above the keyboardists head and modeled with for a couple of seconds while the cameras all snapped away to capture this. The skull then sat comfortably on the rig he was playing as the songs kept being delivered. The set seemed to mostly come from the bands “Come With Me If You Want To Live” CD and that was cool by me since it was the one I recognized. When Phallus spoke to the crowd it sounded like gibberish and would be echoed and distorted. This was a band that was not taking themselves too seriously and one observed this easily when their choice of covers came from both Frankie Goes To Hollywood and Tears For Fears. How often can you say that you heard a Doom Metal band do “Relax” and “Head Over Heels” when you went to see them? Not often I am willing to wager.

I had to say that this was a really fun night and the lead singer seemed to be having fun as well by tossing in some Led Zeppelin riffs to mix things up at one point and when the time for the climatic finish would come he would say proudly into the microphone “thanks for coming out to another sold out show for Goblin Cock”. Yes, there was a decent sized crowd for the day of the week that it was but hardly the sell out which made his statement all the more amusing to hold against the night’s events in the end. This was one of those gigs that you had to experience to believe and it was a lot better than I had anticipated. Enough so that I would come to see them again and maybe even brave wearing one of their double entendre laced band shirts. Check out this album when you can because it’s off the beaten path enough but still has plenty of solid hooks and riffs to keep you entertained for awhile.

Set List:
1. Hissless
2. Loch
3. Big Up Your Willies
4. We Got A Breeder
5. Ode To Billy Jack
6. Beneath The Valley Of The Island Of Misfit Toys
7. Haint
8. Mylar
9. Tom’s Song for TOF
10. Trying To Get Along With Humans

Official Website: http://www.myspace.com/goblincock
Official Website: http://www.myspace.com/mywarship
Official Website: http://www.myspace.com/orphannyc

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