Goosepimp: Boston Funkliciousness April 16th at Vassar College’s The Mug

By Carey Reed Zamarriego
(una versión en español está abajo)
Goosepimp Orchestra, an 8-member music group from Boston is not involved in waterbird prostitution (as the name might imply), but works to make music that combines different styles, resulting in the creation of a Goosepimp, or “superbeing.” GPO will bring their unique brand of funk, Latin and psychedelic-liciousness to the stage at The Mug (or Matthew’s Mug) at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY this weekend. I caught up with GPO founding fathers Michael Cantor and Bob Greel, who note Charles Mingus, Pantera, Sly and the Family Stone and the Buena Vista Social Club as musical favorites and influences, a couple days before the show.

While you’re in town for the GPO show, be sure to check out Poughkeepsie’s La Cabanyita (an Oaxacan place that makes “the best mole ever,” claims a co-worker and Vassar alum), as well as babycakes, whose pastries and brunch are sure to remedy any morning-after-the-show dancing aches and pains.
Good food and good friends shaped your first full-length album, The Biggest Bang, can you tell me more about how those two elements influenced tracks like “Cojones Libres” and “Forninho Magico?”
Forninho Magico is an amazing Portuguese bakery in Downtown Framingham, MA where we ate every day while writing a lot of that material. The cochien con queso is as important in the writing process as our instruments. You play what you eat.

Any funny on-stage anecdotes to share?
We played a festival in Pennsylvania last year where someone in the audience came up on stage and started bear hugging Jon [the trumpet player]. We laughed and Jon hugged back, but the guy had his eyes clenched shut and wouldn’t let go off Jon. “Security” eventually had to grab the guy by his feet and drag him off stage. But not before he grabbed Bob’s [the percussionist] congas and we had to play tug of war with the congas. This was 10 minutes into a 3 hours et. Needless to say, we were a little shaken up and have started keeping blowdarts on stage with us. Did I mention security was an old guy with a beard wearing a stethoscope…why the stethoscope? I have no idea. Poor kid. I think he just wanted a hug. And some congas.

GPO’s new album, Swagadelic Fertilizer Castle, will be available for free digitally on May 24th, the week of Strange Creek [Massachusetts campout and festival]. On July 8th, the CD version is going to be available to order online or at the group’s boat cruise CD release party (which anyone is welcome to attend). The new album will come with a code to download other GPO music, and as the guys state: “We’re really proud of this album – we set out to disprove the theory that we’re strictly a live band. There are 8 tracks that are all mini-movies for your ears. and butt.”

April 16, 2011 at 10pm
The Mug
Funk, Latin, psychedelic

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(la versión en español)

Goosepimp Orchestra (La orquestra del chulo del ganso), un grupo musical de Boston con ocho miembros, no se dedica a la prostitucion pero se dedica a crear musica que combina varios estilos en un “super-ser,” El Goosepimp. Este fin de semana, el grupo traera su unico sonido que mezcla funk, Latino y musica psicodelica, que viene de influencias como Charles Mingus, Pantera y Buena Vista Social Club, al escenario del bar The Mug (o Matthew’s Mug) de la universidad Vassar de Poughkeepsie, NY. Tenia la fortuna de hablar con los dos fundadores del grupo, Michael Cantor y Bob Greel, unos dias antes del concierto.  

Cuando estas por Poughkeepsie para el concierto, debes pasar por La Cabanyita (un restaurante Oaxaquenya que hace “el mejor mole,” dice una companyera del trabajo mia que asistio a la universidad de Vassar), y tambien, para recuperar de una noche bailando a la musica de GPO, pasa por babycakes, para brunch y unos pastelitos de maravilla.

Buena comida y buenos amigos tenian mucho que ver con vuestro primer album, The Biggest Bang. Me podeis decir exactamente como influyeron estos dos elementos a canciones como  “Cojones Libres” y “Forninho Magico?”
Forninho Magico es una pasteleria portuguesa en Framingham, MA. Comimos ahi cada dia mientras compusimos el album, el cochien con queso es tan importante como los instrumentos a nuestras composiciones del album. Tocas lo que comas.


Teneis alguna anecdota de un concierto?
El anyo pasado, tocabamos un festival por Pennsylvania. Un miembro del publico subio al escenario y empezo a abrazar Jon [el trompetista] de una manera muy fuerte. Nos reimos y Jon le abrazo al chico, pero el chico se cerro sus ojos y no queria soltar a Jon. Al final el vigilante tenia que sacar el chico del escenario (tenemos que mencionar que el vigilante fue un viejo con una barba y un estetoscopio) pero antes el chico intento a sacar los congas de Bob [el percusionista]. Pobre chico, creo que le faltaba un abrazo y unos congas.

El nuevo album de GPO, Swagadelic Fertilizer Castle, saca a la venta el 24 de Mayo de forma digital y coincide con la semana de Strange Creek [un festival por Massachusetts]. El 8 de Julio, saca a la venta el CD y todo el mundo podra comprarlo online (vendra con un codigo para bajar mas musica del grupo) o en la fiesta de estreno de GPO que habra en un barco (se puede asistir cualquier persona). Sobre el nuevo album, los chicos dicen, “estamos muy orgullos de este album, intentabamos a mostrar que no solo somos un grupo en directo. Hay ocho canciones que son mini-peliculas para vuestras orejas y culos.”

el 16 de abril, a las 22.00
The Mug
Funk, Latino, psicodelica

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