Gozu first appeared on the scene in 2008 with the the release of their seven track EP. Consisting of members of bands such as Wargasm and Triphammer, Gozu laid down the rock but also brought the groove on songs such as the human-empowerment anthem “Rise Up” and D.A.R.E.-baiting “Meth Cowboy”. Fronted by the man with a plan, Marc Gaffney, aka Gaff, who has the pipes Chris Cornell used to possess before he started modeling men’s cologne, Gozu plays the sort of rock tailor made to be blasted out on radio airwaves nationwide, ala early Queens of the Stone Age. It’s the kind of rock music that pulls up alongside you while you’re walking down the street minding your own business, demands that you “get in the f@*ing car”, proceeds to drive 90 mph down the wrong side of the highway, and then drops you off miles from home at some abandoned rest stop.
After a line-up change which brought on board bassist Jay Cannava of Miltown and Clouds infamy, Gozu continues to chug along at its own pace. Axe slinger Doug Sherman peels off riffs and solos like they’re going out of style and drum god Barry Spillberg beats his drums like they owe him money, and the whole thing just cruises along on a bed of melodies most bands would die for. Small Stone Records snapped up Gozu in 2009 and the band is currently working on its debut for the label, which will no doubt leave many a listener scratching their head, wondering how in the hell Gozu does it and makes it look so easy. But don’t let your guard down, because next thing you know you’ll be on the outskirts of town wondering how you got there and what that catchy song stuck in your head is and where it came from.
released 27 July 2010
Marc Gaffney: Vox & Guitar
Jay Cannava: Bass
Barry Spillberg: Drums
Doug Sherman: Guitar
Produced, recorded, and mixed by Benny Grotto at Mad Oak Studio, Allston, MA. Assisted by J. Saliba.
Additional recording by J. Saliba.
Runners: Dusten Pettengill, Paul Vaskus, Brian Koerber
Mastered by Chris Goosman at Baseline Audio, Ann Arbor, MI.
Artwork by Alexander Von Wieding
Craig Riggs: Guest vox on "Meth Cowboy", "Mr Riddle".
Bryan “Uzi” Hinkley: the 3 string guitar Pin on "Jamaican Lual".
Craig Silverman: Guitar solo and noise on "Jan-Michael Vincent".
Geno Johnston Mark Doherty and Dusten Peteengill : Backing vocals on "Rise Up".
Benny Grotto: Overdub toms on "Meth Cowboy".
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