Gob brings ‘90s angst rock revival to the Grotto

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Langley band Gob played at the Grotto on Oct. 7. The show was the first stop on a cross-Canada tour which will take them east to Toronto and back.

Opening the show was Floorboards, a Kamloops emo punk band who performed their last show before disbanding. They closed their passionate performance with the offhand remark “this is our last song ever,” which is not something you hear at your average concert.

Next up was Montreal band Boids, who is touring with Gob. Boids built up the hype and the crowd before it reached its peak with Gob’s performance.

Unfortunately, we could barely hear the lyrics during Gob’s performance, with the volume from the mics almost completely overpowered by the instruments. This didn’t seem to matter to Gob fans, who sang along themselves, especially during the closing numbers “I Hear You Calling” and “Give Up The Grudge.”

Klossner-Gob 3The crowd was slow to build, but decent for an event in the middle of the week. They were clearly there more for the music than for the party, and in between acts the dancefloor emptied completely.

The audience was what you would expect. Men who grew up with Gob relived their days as a teen by moshing with moderate violence. Their enthusiasm was palpable, and even before Gob took to the stage, a group of five determined men began shoving each other excitedly.

Gob’s music is the kind that would be as at home on an episode of The OC as in a teen boy’s headphones as he screams “You just don’t understand!” because his mom won’t buy him skinny jeans. Gob’s sound hits the sweet spot between generic dissatisfaction and accessibility that made so many rock bands in the early 2000s successes.

In between sets Gob pandered to their fans with some good-natured swearing for the sake of swearing, as they tried to fill time between songs.

Gob also debuted a new song that they had never played in public before, and isn’t on their latest album. In lead singer Tom Thacker’s own words, “this is a really hard one to play, so hopefully we’ll get through it.” They did, and it certainly showcased the group’s musical ability.

As I found myself succumbing to the nostalgia, I couldn’t help but think “I might be a loser, but at least I’m not alone.”

Photos by Marlys Klossner

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