Goat (band)

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OriginKorpilombolo, Sweden
GenresExperimental rock, psychedelic rock, acid rock, hard rock, afrobeat, worldbeat, world fusion, fusion
LabelsRocket Recordings
Stranded Rekords
Sub Pop Records

Goat is a Swedish alternative and experimental fusion music group. The band originates—according to its own publicity—from Korpilombolo, Norrbotten County.[1] Their first album World Music, was released on 20 August 2012 by Rocket Recordings,[2] and in North America on the Sub Pop label. The group released their third studio album, Requiem, in October 2016.[3]



Goat, though currently based in Gothenburg,[4] 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."[5]

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.[5]

Recording career[edit]

The group signed to Rocket Recordings, a UK-based record label formed in 1998.[6] 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 said:[5]

"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.[7][8][9] The title of the album comes from the different styles of music on the album. Goat commented:[5]

"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.[5]

After touring the United States in early 2013[10] the band played at that year's Glastonbury Festival[11] and the final holiday camp edition of All Tomorrow's Parties festival in Camber Sands, England.[12] In 2014, they played at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, California and the Latitude Festival in Southwold, Suffolk, UK.[13] In 2015, they played again at Glastonbury Festival,[14] at Roskilde Festival in Denmark and Pukkelpop in Belgium. In 2016 the band played, amongst others, at Primavera Sound in Barcelona, Cactusfestival in Bruges, and End of the Road festival in Wiltshire, UK. The band played support for Foo Fighters at Ullevi stadium in Gothenburg on 5 June 2018.



Album Chart
World Music
  • Release date: 20 August 2012
  • Record label: Stranded Rekords (Sweden)
  • Record label: Rocket Recordings (UK)
  • Format: CD, vinyl, digital download
Live Ballroom Ritual
  • Release date: 2 December 2013
  • Record label: Rocket Recordings
  • Format: CD, vinyl, digital download
  • Release date: 23 September 2014
  • Record label: Sub Pop Records, Rocket Recordings, Stranded Rekords
  • Format: CD, vinyl, digital download
  • Release date: 7 October 2016
  • Record label: Sub Pop Records, Rocket Recordings, Stranded Rekords
  • Format: CD, vinyl, digital download
Fuzzed in Europe
  • Release date: 27 October 2017
  • Record label: Rocket Recordings
  • Format: Vinyl, digital download
Double Date
  • Release date: 21 April 2018
  • Record label: Rocket Recordings
  • Format: 10" Vinyl

EPs and singles[edit]

  • 2012: "Goatman/The Sun the Moon" (7" limited edition)[16]
  • 2012: "The Sun the Moon"/"Goathead" (cassette, 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: "Dig My Grave" (7")
  • 2014: "Al Lover X Goat" (12", limited edition)
  • 2015: "Time for Fun" / "Relax" (7")
  • 2016: "I Sing in Silence" / "The Snake of Addis Ababa" (7")
  • 2017: "Goatfuzz / Goatfizz" (7")
  • 2018: "Let it Burn" / "Friday, Pt. 1" (7")


  1. ^ Christopher R. Weingarten (16 October 2012). "Stream Goat's Magical Afrobeat - Metal LP 'World Music': Essential Listen & Q&A". Spin. Retrieved 20 October 2012.
  2. ^ Paul Lestor (28 September 2012). "New band of the day - Goat". The Guardian. Retrieved 20 October 2012.
  3. ^ Platt, John (28 September 2016). "Goat make throbbing world music as mystical as they are". The Line of Best Fit. Retrieved 2016-11-08.
  4. ^ Magnusson, Tobias (2012-03-21). "Goats voodoorock smittar av sig". Göteborgs Fria Tidning (in Swedish). Retrieved 2015-08-15.
  5. ^ a b c d e "The Quietus - Features - Escape Velocity - Voodoo Rams: An Interview With Goat". The Quietus. Retrieved 20 December 2014.
  6. ^ Rocket Recordings. Retrieved 27 March 2013
  7. ^ "Album Review: Goat - World Music". DrownedInSound. Retrieved 20 December 2014.
  8. ^ "Goat - World Music". Clash Magazine. Retrieved 20 December 2014.
  9. ^ "Goat". Pitchfork. Retrieved 20 December 2014.
  10. ^ Spin.com, Goat Announce First U.S. Tour Dates, Drop Mixtape of Afro-Rock and Black Metal, 10 January 2013. Retrieved 26 March 2013
  11. ^ The Guardian, Glastonbury 2013: festival lineup, 27 March 2013. Retrieved 28 March 2013
  12. ^ "End Of An Era Part 2 curated by ATP & Loop - All Tomorrow's Parties". Atpfestival.com. Retrieved 20 December 2014.
  13. ^ "Latitude 2014 Line-up". Latitude Festival. Retrieved 20 December 2014.
  14. ^ "Glastonbury 2015 Line-up". Glastonbury Festival. Retrieved 1 July 2015.
  15. ^ "SwedishCharts.com Goat discography". Swedishcharts.com. Retrieved 20 December 2014.
  16. ^ "Goat". Piccadillyrecords.com. Retrieved 20 December 2014.

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