Safe Sounds 2.0 with Goose
goose—rick mitarotonda [vocals, guitar], peter anspach [vocals, keys, guitar], trevor weekz [bass], ben atkind [drums], and jeff arevalo [vocals, percussion, drums]—fluidly traverse genres with head-spinning hooks, technical fireworks, and the kind of chemistry only possible among small-town and long-time friends. following 2016’s moon cabin, the Norwalk, ct quintet quietly took flight, playing countless shows while slowly and steadily amassing a nationwide following. the end of 2017 saw the band welcome peter anspach on guitar and keyboard – a pivotal moment that solidified the group’s core lineup. months of relentless touring prepared them for a string of milestone festival performances during the summer of 2019, most notably defined by a storied performance at peach fest. the band’s subsequent pro-shot video gained significant traction, highlighting the existing catalog of content compiled over the previous two years. with increased buzz came increased demand – one by one, goose sold out all of the shows on their fall 2019 headlining tour and scheduled last-minute performances at bowery ballroom and music hall of Williamsburg in January 2020, which sold out instantly.
due in part to goose’s penchant for improvisation, the band went on to successfully navigate the myriad challenges presented by the covid-19 pandemic. they produced a series of intimate virtual events, culminating in a universally acclaimed bingo tour – a two-week live streaming event, featuring four full concerts, with setlists determined by the outcome of a live bingo game.
fall 2020 saw a welcome return to live performance with a slew of sold-out drive-in shows throughout the northeast, midwest, and mid-Atlantic. propelled by seemingly unstoppable momentum, the band concluded the year with their seventh annual goosemas holiday concert, a live stream from a rooftop in Rockefeller center.
shenanigans nite club, the band’s upcoming 2021 release, is an ode to oft-forgotten vestiges of goose’s experience, both personal and collective. while the work stands alone as a concise sonic snapshot of a defining epoch, each track contains whispers of what’s to come.