The first thing that grabbed me about Sean Gospel’s full-length debut “Good Times with Bad Acid” was the distorted sonic rage of the lead-off track “Witch”. Well, okay I guess that’s not entirely true, I did notice the ski-mask, but we’re talking about the music.
Anyway, by the time I got to “Black Car” I was all in. Released on cassette from Ghoulhouse Records – straight outta California, GTWBA is a 10-song fuzzed-out garage rock and roll blowout. This is explosive r’n’r played Stooges raw; you know there’s blood on the guitar, blood on the drums, blood on the stage.
Handclaps, tambourine, singalongs, a dirty, dirty guitar sound and a goulash of at least three decades of music – from 50s doo-wop to 60s garage to 70s glam rock and roll. Kick out the jams indeed.
People say we sound like….
The Stooges, Ty Segall, 70’s rock and psych
We are originally from…..
What music has had an influence on your sound?
All the different bands we play with. The Bad Machine, White Murder, Mechachief, The May Company, Ashing Velvets, and any Ghoulhouse Records bands. I pick up things from everyone, they are all so different from each other.
Tell us about your live show…
What’s the most difficult part of being in a band?
I guess just all the work that isn’t related directly to playing music.
What do you make of the music industry right now?
Just like anything else, there are people who love music and then there are people who love money and popularity. They are vastly different but you can find them both in the industry. I try to hook up with the music people as much as possible.
Tell us about the scene in California.
It’s fucking great. Very diverse; total melting pot. Most nights you can go out and hear anything from electro pop to noise to psych to art rock. There are a million bands. Some people feel that is a bad thing but I like that it forces new shit to always be bubbling up.
How does the city’s musical history, or landscape influence your sound?
Well, yeah. It’s the home of Fender and also home to many punk rock pioneers like Middle Class and Adolescents. I think the influence is more of lifestyle than sound. We like to be self-sufficient and produce things ourselves. DIY.
What influences the band lyrically?
I tend to write sort of “stream of consciousness” style. My guess is that it is mostly influenced by music and movies I like.
Our most memorable gig ever was….
That’s a tough one. Although recently we played in Arcata at a house show and it was awesome. Everyone goes crazy at house shows. And it was in BigFoot territory.
If you could pick any time to travel back to for music, where would you go and what year would it be….
I would want to see Hawkwind live in the early 70s with Stacia dancing.
Growing up, at home we listened to…..
Too many things to list from a wide range of genres. Anything that was interesting was consumed.
What tunes are currently on heavy rotation for you…
If you could open for any band right now who would that be and why?
The Stooges. Iggy is amazing.
If you could only bring ONE record (you can all answer if you like) in the tour van what would it be?
A Dead Moon Best of record
When you’re not playing and have some time off, where could we find you…
The one thing we want you to remember while you’re listening to our music….
Every part of every record is done by us except for the tangible pressing.
What’s up for 2015/2016?
Another full length. More shows. More touring.