Iconic alternative / electronic band GOOSE have announced a 2022 UK tour this May supporting American synth-wave band The Midnight and will take their hi-octane live shows across London, Glasgow and Dublin.
The band also release a brand new visual for feel good indie-pop anthem ‘Fear of Letting Go’, lifted from the new album ‘Endless’ out now. Fusing a heady dose of 90s inspired electro-pop melodies, alongside modern sweeping production, ‘Fear of Letting Go’ charts a new direction for the Belgian quartet.
Lead singer Mickael Karkousse explains: “Just before leaving for Motorbass studio to record the album, we remembered a song we worked on some time ago, but never really finished it. It had a good vibe, a melody and although it wasn’t much more than that, we knew we had to take it with us and give it a chance. The song really came to life in the studio. We added a shoutout to the street where the studio is based ( Rues des Martyrs ) and talk about an encounter with “Les Stephanie” on a night out after studio hours. The song reminds us of the good times with friends and to be around everybody you love.”
He adds: “We’ve got so many good memories playing in the UK. It’s the place where we first started and released our first singles on Skint Records. It does feel good knowing that our new album is well received, really looking forward playing it out live. London, Glasgow, Dublin, see you soon!”
GOOSE formed two decades ago, but they still sound as fresh as ever. A group whose incredible achievements place them at the forefront of the crossover between electronic music and rock, the Belgian four-piece have found renewal by returning home and focussing on the bonds that keep them in place. New album ‘Endless’ is a punchy, dynamic project, packed with energy and emotion, one that finds GOOSE utilising everything they’ve learned in order to fully realise everything they’ve yet to obtain.
Four musicians operating on the same wavelength, ‘Endless’ has its roots in the raw independence that drives GOOSE. Having released hugely successful material on iconic labels such as Skint Records and the deeply influential !k7 they’ve opted to embrace their freedom and take the independent route via their own Safari Records imprint. The label shares the same name as the band’s Safari studios in their hometown Kortrijk, a hub for free-wheeling experimentation, and a place for GOOSE to do what they do best.
‘Endless’ is the first new album from GOOSE in five years and began as an avalanche of ideas in Safari Studios, before GOOSE opted to bring in French producer Victor le Masne who sat down with the band at their HQ, before inviting them to Motorbass Studios in Paris – one of the most renowned recording hubs in Europe. The decision to include an outside perspective could be what makes ‘Endless’ such a powerful record. Each note is sharpened, each effect magnified, with Victor le Masne tasked with pushing GOOSE to the next level.
‘Endless’ is a record fuelled by experience, that strives toward innocence. GOOSE are a band propelled by their instincts, by what Mickael Karkousse terms “some kind of quiet confidence. Don’t talk about it too much – just do it! Have confidence in the process, and in each other… And then it’ll be good.” With an international tour planned, GOOSE are already preparing for life beyond COVID. Using their studio as a base to escape the travails of the world, they’ve leaned in on what they truly need from one another.
Working to their own timeline, responsive to nothing but their creative desires, GOOSE have come full circle; more than 15 years on from their debut album ‘Bring It On’ they’re a band renewed. Looking ahead to their next plans, Mickael Karkousse simply laughs: “We’re just getting started!”
7th May London Brixton Academy
9th May Glasgow SWG3
10th May Dublin Ireland Vicar Street
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