Welcome to the latest edition of ‘Golden Vault’, where we delve into the annals of music to bring you a classic album. You’ll know some like the back of your hand and nothing of others. We hope to get you reacquainted with old friends and create new favourites. The album to be taken out of the Golden Vault for reappraisal this week is Goose's 'Bring It On'.
When you think about indie-electro dance music from the noughties, Belgium doesn’t exactly sit on the tip of your tongue, does it? The world was losing its shit for the Klaxons, and the wave of British party music that emerged as an antidote to the rotting corpse of Brit Pop that they spearheaded. Unbeknownst to the wider world, in the Flemish city of Kortrijk, Belgium, a group of kids were also experimenting with combining throaty synthesizer sounds with traditional rock instruments.
Originally an ACDC covers band, the quartet won Humo’s Rock Rally - Belgium’s biggest song contest in 2002 - before changing their name to Goose and embracing a more synthetic sound. Four years later their debut album ‘Bring It On’, a pounding mix of distorted bass and turbo charged synths, exploded from speakers in a way many of their British contemporaries could only dream about.
Goose created dark, energetic dance music by utilising simple, catchy bass rhythm figures flanked by dank, distorted synth drones, with spikey ear-piercing lead synthlines coming to the fore during middle-eights and choruses.
A mix of sci-fi disco instrumentals and indie electro bangers, ‘Bring It On’ is the perfect morning album as it’s guaranteed to get you moving when you’d rather be in bed . The lyrical content is permeated by two distinct themes, with one half of the album commanding the listener to keep moving and “keep it tight” whilst the other has a nonchalant, ‘couldn’t be arsed’ slacker vibe that will appeal to the part of your brain that’s telling you it’s an ungodly hour.