Throw the Goat, a 4 piece band from Idyllwild, CA, is coming off the mountain and invading a venue near you. If you have not heard of them and you are a Punk Rock/Metal music fan living in SoCal, you are behind the times or living under a rock. Here is what happened when the boys took over the Whisky A Go Go in Hollywood recently.
If you know of or have been to Idyllwild, you will know that it is a small town by California standards. That said, when Throw the Goat took the stage at the Whisky A Go Go recently, it was obvious that half the mountain came with them. With wild fans sporting their Throw the Goat tee's, it was easy to see the invasion of fans at this world famous Hollywood club. I have to say that the fans did not just show up, they supported. Coming to the front, they created a huge mosh pit of mostly ladies who danced and sang along with their hometown band,Throw The Goat, now playing on the Sunset Strip. I have been to lots of shows and seen hundreds of bands, but Throw the Goat by far has some of the most loyal fans and the funnest mosh pits. I say fun because a Throw the Goat mosh pit is aggressive without being violent, a very unusual but important distinction.
Now that you have met the fans, meet the band: Michael Schnalzer - Bass/Lead Vocals, Johnny Wilson - Rhythm Guitar/Backup Vocals, Brian "Puke" Parnell - Lead Guitar/Backup Vocals, and Tim Olivier - Drums. Their sound is punk/rock/metal/and a splash of folk. Their debut album “Black Mountain” is a must have. I have it and there is not 1 bad song on there. All the songs have the elements of sound listed above and stellar sound quality. If you have not scooped it up yet I recommend going out and getting it.
A true test of a good band is not how their cd sounds, but how they sound live and what kind of a show they put on. This band is in your face, high energy, and puts on one hell of a show. Proof is in the pudding and it was proven at the Whisky A Go Go when they brought not only their fans to the floor, but pretty much the whole club to their feet. As soon as the first song ("Southeast Bound") started, people paid attention and got into it all the way until their last song, the crowd participation favorite, "Havin' A Beer". As always the guys put on an impressive and off the hook performance.
If you missed this show hit up their page on Facebook. The boys are playing local dates as well as playing a 2 week British tour this summer, starting in London on July 4th. Check them out and support local music.