Goose Continues Sold Out NYC Run in Brooklyn; Covers Radiohead and Moody Blues

Fresh off a sold out show at Manhattan’s Bowery Ballroom, Goose completed a multi-night, multi-venue, multi-borough NYC run last night in Brooklyn at the Music Hall of Williamsburg. While the hype surrounding Goose has been a topic all its own, last night’s show was an exclamation point, an emphatic declaration that Goose is real and they’re here to stay. Having seen a whopping three Goose shows now, which makes me either a wiley veteran or highly unqualified to make this statement (depends who you ask), last night will go down as one of the special ones. So let’s make no further comparisons about who this Connecticut quartet sounds like or reminds you of … This. Is. Goose. 

With soaring improvisational solos, irresistible hooks, and infinite peaks, Goose absolutely crushed another packed room, this one already vibing hard thanks to the seductive beats of DJ Doey Joey. Taking the stage to Notorious B.I.G.’s “Where Brooklyn At,” Goose opened with the slap-bass funk intro of “Yeti,” a statement song if ever there was one, and Trevor Weekz (bass) kicked the three-hour party off in high gear. Peter Anspach was first out of the box with face-melting guitar solos, with Rick Mitaronda not far behind before they joined forces with two part harmonies in “Time to Flee,” a jam that culminated in the white light reflections of the centrally located disco ball. “Western Sun” rang in with a Southern twang and a country-ish rock tone that served to highlight Goose’s impressive range. “All I Need” was another peak-after-peak-after-peak neverending jam that has become synonymous with Goose’s signature sound. How do you follow that? Well, If a Radiohead cover is in your wheelhouse, then you bust out “Weird Fishes,” just because you can. WOW. A “Doc Brown” dedication to Peter’s eight year old nephew preceded the thunderous set-closer, “So Ready.” BOOM!

Check out fan video of “Weird Fishes”

DJ Doey Joey kept the beats going through the setbreak as the crowd never stopped grooving – yours truly included! Riding the first set high and Joey’s infectious vibe, the crowd was primed for a raging second set and Goose delivered one for the record books. “Arrow” brought the party back, complete with the first of what would be sporadic confetti cannons that seemed to amuse the Goose as much as the Gaggle. A first ever cover of the Moody Blues’ “Nights in White Satin” emerged from the “Arrow” jam, more evidence of both Goose’s dynamic range and the fun they have on stage. Trevor Weekz brought the funk back for “Creatures,” before a 2001 pop cover of Kylie Minogue’s “Can’t Get You Outta My Head.” Talk about not taking yourself too seriously; Goose’s fun quotient is unparalleled right now.

“Hot Tea,” with perhaps the most compelling and addictive hook in their growing catalog, and my favorite song, taboot, was white hot. Brooklyn came to party and this hands up, arms waving, confetti blasting, disco ball doing its ‘disco ball thing’ jam was a peak moment (okay, maybe more like 15). A “Jive I” > “Jive Lee” combo closed the set, with heavy effects from guitarist Mitaronda, and “Turned Clouds” in the encore slot wrapped it all up a few moments before 1:00 am. 

Goose heads west, touring with Pigeons Playing Ping, for their next show February 5 in Phoenix, AZ.

Locally, Rick, Peter, and Trevor will be playing as Birds of a Feather with Alex Petropolous and Jeremy Schon (PPPP) on March 21 at Brooklyn Comes Alive. Goose will also open for Pigeons on Friday April 24 at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY.

Goose – Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY – 1/25/20

Set 1: Yeti, Time to Flee, A Western Sun, All I Need {1}, Weird Fishes {2}, Doc Brown {3}, So Ready

Set 2: Arrow > Nights in White Satin {4} > Creatures > Can’t Get You Outta My Head {5} > Hot Tea, Jive I > Jive Lee

Encore: Turned Clouds

Coach’s Notes:
{1} Slow & melodic version of All I Need
{2} Radio Head
{3} Wiz Kid dedicated the song to his nephew
{4} Moody Blues, FTP
{5} Kylie Minogue
This was a sold out show
Set 1 Start: 9:27pm – Set 1 End Time: 10:47pm
Set 2 Start: 11:15pm Set 2 End: 12:52am
Next Show: 2.5.20 • Phoenix, AZ • The Marquee Theater