Preaching from the Pews: Goan Dogs

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Goan Dogs make a sound that is far fetched from their surroundings. The dusty drum rolls and spaghetti Western guitar parts don’t seem like they could be born out of the Bristolian landscape, but Goan Dogs’ cinematic sounds work an absolute treat and poses one of 2012’s biggest homegrown hopes.

Currently on their Facebook page you can download their Christchurch Sessions – 3 ready made hits including the rousing and wonderful “Hold Me Back”. It’s quite dramatic music but the Wild Beasts-esque vocals of their lead singer makes the hook “Hold me back or I’m coming in” a ready-made festival favourite.

Live, they’re fantastic. Their recent support set to Kyla La Grange stole the show without doubt. Their musicianship is tighter than most proudly lackluster indie bands and the songwriting is genuinely phenomenal. Putting narrative into guitar music is a hard task indeed. Most of the time it comes across artificial or just embarrassing but Goan Dogs‘ “As A Train Rolls By” is a story like no other sung like this band grew up in the plains of Texas.

There hasn’t been much circulating about this band thus far but give it time. Their irresistible harmonies and stirring beats are a recipe for success. Think Jack White built for radio or The Vaccines with some ideas. The songs are strong but they are coming from an even stronger place.

God is in the TV is an online music and culture fanzine founded in Cardiff by the editor Bill Cummings in 2003. GIITTV Bill has developed the site with the aid of a team of sub-editors and writers from across Britain, covering a wide range of music from unsigned and independent artists to major releases.