Indie Artist: GOBBLE GOBBLE
Venue: Drunken Unicorn
I was not prepared for the extravagaza that I was about to hear and see when it came to watching GOBBLE GOBBLE, a Canadian indie band, at the Drunken Unicorn in Atlanta, GA, on March 31, 2011. I had read that these guys were quite bizarre, but after meeting Cecil Frena and the rest of the band (Calvin, Corin, Gheri, and Graham), I had doubts about the articles I had read. They all seemed well-spoken and very polite. It was hard to believe that these were the people I had seen through the pictures on their websites.The band started to set up, and quickly things did not look normal. The set up extended way beyond the stage and involved odd instruments. The drum set they had included giant bottle caps as cymbals, and the “guitar” was really a midi controller housed on a wooden effigy to the stringed instruments. Cecil was positioned on the stage, with a massive array of controls and panels, laptops and switches, knobs and light displays. As everything falls into place, the other members of the band come out in tutus and boxer briefs, leaving Cecil as the only fully clothed member. Cecil dons fairy wings and a glove and starts the music. He walks slowly around the audience, mood music playing dramatically as he brushes his gloved hand over the head of listeners. The glove is Freddy Krueger-esque, with light wands for blades as he prepares his audience for what they are about to see and hear and feel. So as no one get the wrong idea, I didn’t feel that there was a vulgarity about the experience.The music changes quickly as the band takes its place, and the audience is bombarded with electronic pop, autotuned lyrics, and half-naked visuals that compels the body to join in and become part of this experience. As the songs move into a fever pitch, snowshovels are banged together in rhythm over the crowd, giant drum heads are held for people to hit in beat, and lights flash a multi-colored representation of the symphony of sound being produced. The show is more than just a concert, it is a journey into the minds of this group, an open invitation for theatre of the mind. The crowd was energized and enthusiastic, helping with each of the pieces.Overall this show was an eclectic, multi-sensory exertion. The show was a great experience, of which I am glad to have attended. The crowd left satisfied and sweaty and the band was very content with their work. The band continues with their tour, playing multiple venues around the US and Canada.
The music was certainly beat-driven enough to be at home at a rave, or at a dance club. While the musical set itself was short, at least it didn’t go on so long as to tire you out or bring one to boredom.
Written by Josh McRae