Volume 93, Issue 80

Thursday, March 2, 2000


Local grad making good comedy

Gob drips naked fun on punk

Pop culture guilty for death of novel

Spooky, Scanner expand horizons

Gob drips naked fun on punk

Photo by Crystal Heald
WE WALK HARDCORE AND CARRY BIG STICKS. Vancouver punks Gob take the stage with a vengeance tomorrow night at the Embassy.

By Shawn Despres
Gazette Staff

And the Juno Award for best new group goes to… Gob.

As shocking as this sentence may seem to any Canadian punk fan, these words could in fact be uttered on March 12 in Toronto. When the nominations for the Junos were announced back in January, Gob's co-founders, Theo Goutzinakis and Tom Thacker, along with a lot of other people, were caught off guard when their latest album, How Far Shallow Takes You, made the elite list of candidates. When discussing the award, however, Thacker is quick to point out he doesn't expect Gob to win.

"We figure we got a one in 50 chance of winning because all the other records in the category achieved at least gold status," the guitarist explains. "But it's still cool that our label is going to fly us to Toronto just so that we can screw around and piss off the press."

The Juno nomination tops off an exciting year for Gob. After five years of hard work, 1999 saw the Vancouver quartet increasing their profile by signing to Nettwerk Records and having their version of the Rolling Stones' "Paint it Black" included on the Stir of Echoes soundtrack.

The band also played across North America as part of Sno Jam, Edgefest, the Warped Tour and the Moist/Matthew Good Band tour. The latter stint saw the boys gain notoriety by performing naked in London and Toronto during Moist's encore, for an all-star version of AC/DC's "Back in Black."

"The Moist/Matthew Good tour was a lot of fun. It was cool that Moist invited us to play because we got exposed to a lot of people who wouldn't usually see us. By the middle of the tour, the other two bands would come and visit us whenever they wanted to party," Thacker says. "We decided to try the naked thing in London just for kicks. The next show was in Toronto and even though we weren't playing that night, Moist begged us to come on stage and do it again. They even got us our own dressing room just to get naked in."

When asked what Gob's goals are for 2000, Thacker offers a simple answer – "World domination." The band hopes to achieve this by releasing a new album before the end of the year. They are currently practicing and writing songs. Ideally, they would like to release the record sometime near September. Those who have begun to worry about the group changing with their ascent into the mainstream can relax though, as they have maintained their sense of humour.

"The new album is going to be called Wuz Up," Goutzinakis laughs. "Actually it doesn't have a title yet," Thacker adds. "We're just working on ideas right now. We are thinking about trying something new. We're going to play all heavy and get a full orchestra to play with us. I don't think anyone has done anything like this before. If we do it we need a cool title for it though. Maybe give it a bondage theme – something along the lines of 'Tie Me Up and Smack My Ass.'"

Along with working on their next album, Gob will also be touring throughout the year. The odd collective are already scheduled to play the eastern leg of this year's Warped Tour as well as some solo dates, including a show in London.

When asked if he has any messages for his London fans, Goutzinakis leaves these closing words. "I've got a huge boner in my pants and we're going to rock London."

Consider yourself warned.

Gob will be playing at The Embassy tomorrow night.

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