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What Comes Next? Goat Girl Talk Sold Out Shows, Staying Creative And Plans For 2019

Thursday, 06 December 2018 Written by Laura Johnson

Photo: Holly Whitaker

Over the last year we’ve been fortunate enough to speak with some awesome up and coming bands about some of our favourite albums of the year. But we wanted more. MORE!

So, as the end of 2018 drew ever closer, we decided to find out how they’ve been doing since we initially caught up with them, and what they’ve got planned for the year ahead. After checking in with Tali Källström of Estrons, we’re moving on to see what’s new in the world of Goat Girl courtesy of guitarist Ellie (aka L.E.D.).

Stereoboard spoke with you earlier in the year about your debut album and the expectations that came ahead of its release. Do you still find the same type of buzz and generic expectations being put on you? Or are you still not concerned by it all?

We’re lucky in that people still seem to be enjoying our music and coming to all the shows. I feel the word 'buzz' is kind of a term that people use to describe music that is seemingly non-substantial and won't last. Of course there has been a surge with the fans and followers of our band but I like to think that will continue. We're not keeping an eye on any statistics, so I just gauge it to the responses that we have live, which are great.

The self-titled LP came out in April. Have you started working on the follow up or are you continuing to focus on touring in support of that?

At the moment we are concentrating on writing new music. We have a few small shows lined up in London, one at the 100 Club, one at DIY Space in support of refugees in Calais, and another at the Windmill (of course). We're having fun with being creative, swapping instruments, so who knows what could come out of it. It's good to keep things fresh.

It's not been long since you completed your UK tour, which concluded with a show at KOKO in London. How did that go?

Our UK tour was great, if not a bit cold. We mostly stayed at Airbnbs, but strangely I think we all missed that weirdly homely, clinical Travelodge feeling every now and again. It's always rewarding to see faces (sometimes familiar) singing along to lyrics, and we're still reaching people that haven't heard of us yet. We didn't see it coming that we'd sell out KOKO! The energy at that gig was fantastic, it felt like a crescendo to kind of mark the end of releasing and touring the album, and the incredible support that we've had throughout.

What have been your best band moments of the year? Please let us know all the lovely details.

Manchester on the the last tour was wicked. We did karaoke, me and Rosy did a duet of My Humps by Fergie. Recording the album with Dan Carey was a magical time. It felt like we found our second home and second dad. It was a very organic and free process. Nothing about it felt rigid or tense, which allowed us to create to the best of our abilities. Sometimes we'd have dinner all together with Dan and his family, they're just great people to be around.

Going to the USA and Japan were also highlights of mine. America is a beautiful country and we stayed in the countryside a couple of times, once in north Indiana and once in Vermont. I'd never been somewhere so quiet that the wildlife sounded loud. Lawrence, Kansas and Providence in Rhode Island were a couple of my favourite towns. Everyone that we met was super friendly. They take karaoke to the next level, where you have your own room, and there are clothes you can dress up in.

I loved the food in Japan, it was prepared with such precision as well as being tasty. I've been addicted to Karaage [Japanese fried chicken] since. The fans seemed grateful that we were playing in Japan, which we were grateful for.

What are the band's plans for 2019?

Plans for the new year are still concentrating on writing, we don't really want to rush just to put new music out. We seemingly wrote the album very quickly but we'd had some of those songs since we were 15. Even though our album is 19 tracks long, I think we favour quality over quantity.

Any resolutions for the new year?

I don't really have a resolution but I want to continue what I am doing now. I've started running occasionally and doing yoga at home. I recommend both to anyone that suffers with anxiety. As for the band, we're just going to carry on having fun and write some songs on the way.

Goat Girl Upcoming Tour Dates are as follows:

Thu December 06 2018 - LONDON 100 Club

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