Sound Advice: 'Indie Groove' Band Goose to Play Special Set of New Year's Shows in Cincinnati

Goose gently eschews the jam band label while acknowledging a penchant for improvisation – particularly at their live shows.

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click to enlarge Goose plays the Andrew J Brady Music Center in Cincinnati on Dec. 30 and 31. - Photo: Courtesy of Goose
Photo: Courtesy of Goose
Goose plays the Andrew J Brady Music Center in Cincinnati on Dec. 30 and 31.

Editor's note: This story is featured in the Dec. 14 print edition of CityBeat.

Fresh off an eight-date tour with jam band pioneer and Phish’s lead guitarist Trey Anastasio, Connecticut natives Goose will be playing a special New Year’s Eve show at the Andrew J Brady Center. A self-described “indie groove” band, Goose gently eschews the jam band label while acknowledging a penchant for improvisation – particularly at their live shows – and the influence of bands such as Umphrey’s McGee and Phish.

Their latest shows with Anastasio have certainly cemented them as one of the fastest-rising acts in the scene, and they’ve put in the work. After forming in 2014, playing a whirlwind of shows at local bars and touring through college towns, Goose has emerged over the last several years as one of the most popular acts in the jam band circuit. With a sound that contains references to predecessors like Phish and the Grateful Dead, but whose trance and indie influences also appeal to a younger scene (like their 21-minute cover of the Vampire Weekend song “2021” per request of Ezra Koenig, who is a fan), Goose is a band that appeals to multiple generations.

Goose’s latest EP, Undecided, was released in November. Recorded during the same sessions in Woodstock, New York, that also resulted in the full-length effort Dripfield in June, the four-track EP consists of songs written in years prior — some while still teenagers, guitarist Rick Mitarotonda told jambase.com — that have been reworked and perfected during the band’s live sets.

Goose plays the Andrew J Brady Music Center at 8 p.m. Dec. 30 and 9 p.m. 31. As of press time, the Dec. 31 show is sold out. Info: bradymusiccenter.com.


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