On June 10th, Goliathon played IMAF. On August 31st we are set to release our new album. Stay tuned!
You may not be aware of the contentious scientific debate surrounding the hunt for the Goliathon fan who has attended the most shows — but trust us, the search is heated. One strong candidate for the title is Sandy Wester. Let her tell you why Goliathon is worth the drive. Thanks Sandy and thank you!
From the pen of Sandy Wester:
I came to Goliathon’s first public performance at the Vollrath Tavern back in 2008. I knew Colby and Matt had a new band and I wanted to hear them. I LOVED IT! The sound was (and still is) unique. Who adds bluesy harmonica and sax to a rock band? Who changes the tempo but still makes it all flow? Who has a retro hard rock sound plus today’s style? And Chris’s voice is just incredible. Unique is all I can say.
After the Vollrath, I came to every show for the next 8 or 9 months. I traveled to South Bend and Louisville. Every show was better (if that’s possible). There were subtle differences in each performance as they refined their sound. It’s been an experience to see and hear them evolve. I still go to every show possible.
Now it’s “watch out world.” They are all talented musicians who are going to have great careers. I’m telling you not to miss out on the opportunity to follow Goliathon from here to the R & R Hall of Fame.
Greetings from The Barn…
where Goliathon is teaming up with Ryan Koch to produce our sophomore album! Our fan this week is Ryan Van Abeele.
Not of age for most of Goliathon’s local shows, Ryan has been popping into band practices for years and even attended the 2010 Birdy’s Battle of the Bands, standing outside the bar, in the rain, to hear the band’s performance. Supporters like Ryan make what we do possible and keep us going when the going gets tough. Thank you, Ryan. And thank you Goliathonians everywhere!
From the pen of Ryan Van Abeele:
I first heard Goliathon when my sister Brianne showed me their myspace page back in early 2009. I thank her for showing me because their music has influenced me in many ways.
When I hear Goliathon play, I hear a cohesive band. I’ve seen “professional” bands on a big stage and I always tell my friends that they are one of the best bands i’ve ever seen or heard in my life. What intrigued me about them was the saxophone over some rifftastic guitar playing along with cymbol crashing drums. Goliathon’s diversity and music style is one that has never been done before. They have your rock-the-fuck-out side, and your melodic/harmonies/intricate side. I will continue to support them because they’re damn good musicians. But even better, they’re down to earth people.
Those guys have influenced me to become a better musician in my band. Just let it be known that Goliathon is the real deal, and I KNOW true musicians and good people when I see them. Keep kickin’ ass, and I will always support Goliathon til’ the end!
Welcome to the second installment of our “Fan of the Week” blog. This week’s fan is Dave Brown. As co-owner of the Indianapolis’ Historic Melody Inn, Dave witnesses thousands of local, regional and national acts. One of those acts is Goliathon.
Three years ago, when a still very young Goliathon could hardly expect twenty heads in the door, Dave gave our little band a gig at the Melody Inn and has been a friend and supporter ever since, calling Goliathon “Indy’s best kept secret… but not for long.”
From the pen of Dave Brown,
In my opinion, Goliathon is one of the best rock bands in Indianapolis. Watching and listening to them, you are instantly transported back to the 1970’s when some of the greatest rock bands of all time were creating “compositions”, not just songs. A Goliathon performance takes you on a journey reminiscent of listening to the great Rock Albums of the past that were meant to be listened to in their entirety. With their complex arrangements and soulful delivery, a musical ride with Goliathon is scenic and exhilarating.
The band is comprised of good guys who are always professional and respectful. I plan to book them at Melody Inn until they’re too big for the room. Even then though, I’d probably try to convince them to do an unannounced show sometime. Something tells me that even if they were packing 10,000+ capacity arenas, they’d figure out a way to make it happen.
As we are currently elbow deep in our Kickstarter campaign asking you for money, we would like to take time to show some public appreciation to some of our friends and fans who have followed and supported us through the years.
We begin with Chicago area blogger Bill Goodman. Bill was one of the first to review our debut album, Without Further Ado. We’ll let Bill tell you what got him hooked and why two years after first hearing Goliathon he still looks forward to hearing new material and has chosen to continue to support us as we create our new album!
From the pen of Bill Goodman,
I can’t pinpoint the exact time I discovered Goliathon but it’s been close to 2 years now. Jake (one of The Soda Shop’s founders) sent me 3 links to different band’s Myspace pages that sounded good. I couldn’t tell you who the other 2 bands are as Goliathon really stood out.
I remember at the time I was still fairly new to the whole “stoner rock” scene. Maybe it was the progressiveness of those demos but I was hooked. Of course there was no audio for download/purchase so I sent a message to the band. It turns out drummer Matt Fields answered the call. The band was still in the process of recording “Without Further Ado.” At that time I had volunteered to help out Reg at Heavy Planet (www.heavyplanet.net) as he was getting a bit stressed out with to many bands, not enough time to featured them all. I decided to feature Goliathon on his now world famous “New Band To Burn One To” feature which was cross posted on The Soda Shop and the old stonerrock.com website.
Looking back the wait from first contact until “Without Further Ado” seemed like forever. When it was finally released I was out of town for work but I ordered it with hopes it would be waiting for me when I got home. It wasn’t but came a day or so later. It was worth every minute of waiting. I reviewed it right away (something that only happens when I really like an album that I’ve been waiting for). I ripped the album and put it on my iPhone so that I have it with me all the time. Along with a few other albums (not including anything by Clutch), “Without Further Ado” has stayed on the phone since and hasn’t come off.
Like all bands I like, I always look forward to the next thing they’re working on. Goliathon is no exception. I do regret not being to come to see Goliathon the last few times they’ve been in town because word is they put on a hell of a show. Online reviews and videos seem to back up that claim. I have faith in Goliathon that the follow up to “Without Further Ado” will further the band’s sound and bring them up another level. I believe in the band and that’s why I decided to back the Kickstarter campaign.