What’s in a name? Evidently quite a lot for the prog-rock band Goblin also known as Back to the Goblin, New Goblin/Goblin Rebirth, the Goblin Keys and most recently Simonetti’s Goblin since the new formation features Goblin’s original keyboardist Claudio Simonnetti as well as members from his Goblin cover group Deamonia.
Simonetti's Goblin is currently touring the states with a show within a show. That is, they perform the Suspiria movie score composed by the original band Goblin. Least ways, that’s what they did on May 3 at Metro Chicago.
Similar to an organist providing live accompaniment to a silent film, Simonetti’s Goblin recreated the soundtrack to Dario Argento’s 1977 cult classic starring Jessica Harper as the film was projected at the vintage venue.
Although Metro has a Goth charm that’s ideal for alternative music events, it’s not the best place to screen a film. There are only a few chairs and the audio on the movie was difficult to decipher. However, the band did sound clear and powerful whenever they would play yet that was sporadic since the film literally took center stage.
For those who are unfamiliar with Suspiria, it’s a visual feast of saturated colors, wild wallpaper and art direction akin to the Cheesecake Factory on acid. The movie’s over-the-top violence, kitschy plot, partial dubbing and late ’70s setting add to its cult appeal.
Whether movie buff or Goblin fan, Saturday’s performance will enhance one’s appreciation for soundtracks—and seating.