Goat (band)

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Origin Korpilombolo, Sweden
Genres Experimental rock, hard rock, fusion, afrobeat, worldbeat, acid rock
Labels Rocket Recordings
Licenced to Stranded Rekords
Website goatsweden.blogspot.ca
Members Christian Johansson,[1] others

Goat is a Swedish alternative and experimental fusion music group. The band originates - according to its own publicity - from Korpilombolo, Norrbotten County, Sweden.[2] Their album World Music, released on 20 August 2012 by Rocket Recordings, was hailed by The Guardian as one of the best albums of 2012.[1]



Goat, though currently based out of Gothenburg,[3] claims to hail from Korpilombolo in Sweden which, according to the band's own publicity, has a history of voodoo worship after a witch doctor came and lived there. Supposedly, when Christian crusaders came and destroyed the village the surviving people fled and placed a curse on the town. This has been described as "a lovely story, if possibly not entirely rooted in reality."[4]

The band started playing music when they were children, as part of a local community tradition, and there have been many incarnations of Goat who have recorded over the last "30 or 40 years". There are now three original "core" members of the band, from Korpilombolo, but in live concerts they are augmented by four other performers from Gothenburg.[4]

Recording career[edit]

The group signed to Rocket Recordings, a UK-based record label formed in 1998.[5] In 2012 they released their debut single "Goatman" on limited edition vinyl, and began recording their first album. Commenting on the writing process, band member Christian Johansson said:[4]

"The songwriting process is strange. Normally, when we play together we don't play songs – we make music – and every time we play is a new time. When we had the possibility to record, we have made songs for the album. It started with the song 'Goatman', and that song was recorded just for us. Then Rocket [Recordings] asked us to write some more and we continued. Our songs are never really finished and we never know how they will end up when we start recording."

World Music was released on 20 August 2012 and has won good responses and international attention.[6][7][8] The title of the album comes from the different styles of music on the album. Johansson commented:[4]

"We've been taught since we were small to have an understanding of not only western bands, but of music from other parts of the world. The title World Music was chosen because we believe we play 'world music', and that's what we think everyone plays".


The band performs wearing masks and costumes.[4] They have arranged a short tour of the US to take place in April and May 2013.[9] On that tour, they played US venues including Chicago's Empty Bottle and New York's Music Hall of Williamsburg.[10][unreliable source?] In June 2013 Goat played at the Glastonbury Festival.[11] In November 2013, the band played the final holiday camp edition of the world famous All Tomorrow's Parties festival in Camber Sands, England.[12] In April 2014, they played at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival[13] in Indio, California. Two months later, they also were in the line-up for the Latitude Festival [[14]] Southwold, Suffolk, UK.



Album Chart
Certification Notes
World Music
  • Release date: 20 August 2012
  • Record label: Stranded Rekords (Sweden)
  • Record label: Rocket Recordings (UK)
  • Format: CD, vinyl, digital download
8 Tracklist:
  1. "Diarabi" (2:56)
  2. "Goatman" (4:15)
  3. "Goathead" (5:40)
  4. "Disco Fever" (4:24)
  5. "Golden Dawn" (2:50)
  6. "Let It Bleed" (3:54)
  7. "Run to Your Mama" (2:22)
  8. "Goatlord" (3:04)
  9. "Det som aldrig förändras / Diarabi" (7:44)
Live Ballroom Ritual
  • Release date: 02 December 2013
  • Record label: Rocket Recordings
  • Format: CD, vinyl, digital download
  1. "Diarabi" (6:55)
  2. "Golden Dawn" (3:19)
  3. "Disco Fever" (6:33)
  4. "Stonegoat" (3:03)
  5. "Let it Bleed" (5:26)
  6. "Dreambuilding" (4:36)
  7. "Run To Your Mama" (6:23)
  8. "Goathead" (3:26)
  9. "Goatman" (4:59)
  10. "Goatlord" (3:26)
  11. "Det Som Aldrig Forandras / Kristallen Den Fina" (11:07)
  12. "The Sun the Moon" (6:42)
  • Release date: 26 September 2014
  • Record label: Sub Pop Records
  • Format: CD, vinyl, digital download
  1. "Talk to God" (6:39)
  2. "Words" (3:07)
  3. "The Light Within" (2:57)
  4. "To Travel the Path Unknown" (2:29)
  5. "Goatchild" (4:01)
  6. "Goatslaves" (4:46)
  7. "Hide From the Sun" (3:36)
  8. "Bondye" (5:01)
  9. "Gathering of Ancient Tribes" (6:18)

EPs and singles[edit]

  • 2012: "Goatman" (7" vinyl)[16]
  • 2012: "The Sun The Moon" / "Goatman" (single, limited edition)
  • 2012: "First Sonic Ritual" (CD, Limited Edition)
  • 2013: "Run To Your Mama Remixes Vol.1" (12", Limited Edition)
  • 2013: "Run To Your Mama Remixes Vol.2" (12", Limited Edition)
  • 2013: "Stonegoat"/"Dreambuilding" (7", 12")
  • 2014: "Al Lover X Goat" (12", Limited Edition)


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