Gozu Announce West Coast Tour with Ape Machine

Posted in Whathaveyou on February 17th, 2017 by JJ Koczan

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Turns out Gozu‘s upcoming Northeastern run is only half the story. There’s a whole other coast to cover! My understanding is the Boston four-piece are hard at work putting together riffs and structures for a quick-turnaround follow-up for 2016’s Revival (review here) and have plans to hit the studio this summer, but before they get there, they’ll head West in April to join Ape Machine for 11 dates heralding the worthy cause of the latest full-length.

Revival was, as you’ll recall, issued by Ripple Music, and after playing Psycho Las Vegas and touring Europe with Holy Grove in the months following its release Gozu signed a deal to release their next album through Metal Blade imprint Blacklight Media. Momentum is obviously on their side as they get ready to record again, and I’m intrigued to find out whether that push plays into the intensity of the new material itself — Revival wasn’t short on drive. I’ve already nagged them about letting me do an in-studio feature when they go in, so I’ll keep you posted on what I know when I know it.

Here’s the tour announcement for the West Coast run, courtesy of the PR wire:

Gozu announces northeast and west coast USA tour dates

Massachusetts-based rock/metal outfit Gozu has announced a short run of tour dates next week, which will see the band perform in Philadelphia (PA), Brooklyn (NY), Dover (NH), and Portland (ME). Following this northeast trek, Gozu will appear on the west coast in April alongside Ape Machine. See below for all dates!

Gozu tour dates
Feb. 22 – Philadelphia, PA – Kung Fu Necktie w/ The Age of Truth, Kingsnake
Feb. 23 – Brooklyn, NY – Lucky 13 Saloon w/ Pants Exploder, Eyes of the Sun, Eat
Feb. 24 – Dover, NH – The Dover Brickhouse w/ KYOTY, Tar
Feb. 25 – Portland, ME – Geno’s Rock Club w/ Sylvia, All Night, Lousy

Gozu tour dates
w/ Ape Machine
Apr. 12 – Los Angeles, CA – Viper Room
Apr. 13 – San Diego, CA – Soda Bar
Apr. 14 – Santa Cruz, CA – Blue Lagoon
Apr. 15 – Sacramento, CA – Starlite Lounge
Apr. 16 – San Francisco, CA – Elbo Room
Apr. 17 – Fresno, CA – TBA
Apr. 18 – Bend, OR – Volcanic Theater
Apr. 19 – Eugene, OR – Old Nicks
Apr. 20 – Portland, OR – Kenton Club
Apr. 21 – Seattle, WA – Funhouse
Apr. 22 – Bremerton, WA – Manette Saloon

Formed in 2010, Gozu have released one EP and three full-lengths to-date, and are currently writing their fourth studio album, set for a 2017 release via Blacklight Media / Metal Blade Records. Fronted by Marc Gaffney on vocals and guitar, Doug Sherman on guitar, Joe Grotto on bass, and Mike Hubbard on drums, the band’s sound is tailor-made for blasting out the car speakers via international radio airwaves. Having already been aired on national television (USA) via MTV (‘Road Rules’, ‘Dudesons’, ‘Real World’), NBC, and NASCAR, Gozu aims to take their critical and commercial success to new heights on their upcoming debut for Blacklight Media / Metal Blade Records, with worldwide touring to follow. Previously, the group shared the stage with the likes of St. Vitus, Pallbearer, Lo Pan, Storm of Light, Helmet, Elder, Mos Generator, and Fu Manchu in the States, as well as Yob, Church of Misery and Kvelertak in Europe at Roadburn (Netherlands) and DesertFest Berlin (Germany). 2017 will surely see Gozu back on the road again, and at the forefront of the heavy rock and metal world.

Gozu line-up:
Marc Gaffney – guitar and vocals
Joe Grotto – bass and low end
Mike Hubbard – drums and percussion
Doug Sherman – lead guitar and sounds

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https://www.instagram.com/gozu666/
http://gozu.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/BlacklightMediaOfficial/
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Gozu, Revival (2016)

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Gozu Announce Northeastern Tour Dates

Posted in Whathaveyou on February 6th, 2017 by JJ Koczan

gozu (ph by james jay fortin)

It’s been kind of quiet from the camp of Boston heavy rockers Gozu since the announcement late last year that they’d signed to Metal Blade Records imprint Blacklight Media for the release of their next album. They shared the stage with Truckfighters last month in Somerville, MA, and I’ve heard rumblings about a return to Europe sometime in 2017, but my sense is they’ve been taking advantage of the winter season to hunker down, stay inside and set to work on the follow-up to 2016’s excellent Revival (review here), the charge of which was delivered via Ripple Music.

A release in 2017 would be Gozu‘s fastest turnaround, and of course there are contingencies like label scheduling, pressing, distribution, etc., to consider — let alone the recording process itself — so I don’t know if we’ll see it this year or in 2018. They were in the ‘Definitely Could Happen’ section of my most anticipated albums list, and particularly with the momentum they have on their side after the new signing, touring Europe with Holy Grove, and so on, yeah, it’s possible, but we’ll have to wait and see what materializes. While the energy of Revival was a big part of what made it work so well, I’d rather they didn’t actually rush the writing process, especially since their next outing has the potential to expand their reach so greatly with Metal Blade‘s promo/distro machine behind it. So yeah, off to the rehearsal space with you guys.

Nonetheless, one gets restless, right? And a couple days out are good for the soul, so Gozu will head south from MA later this month and make their way back to New England, playing Philly, Brooklyn, New Hampshire and Portland, Maine, along the way on a kind of during-the-week winter getaway tour. Shaking off the rust? Maybe testing out a new song or two? You’ll have to go to a show to find out, I suppose.

They’re keeping some cool company as well on the run. Dates/particulars follow:

gozu winter getaway

Gozu – Winter Run 2017

Looking forward to seeing y’all!! Some upcoming shows with lots of friends!

Gozu live:
02/22 Philadelphia PA Kung Fu Necktie w/ The Age of Truth, Kingsnake
02/23 Brooklyn NY Lucky 13 Saloon w/ Pants Exploder, Eyes of the Sun, Eat
02/24 Dover NH The Dover Brickhouse w/ KYOTY, Tar
02/25 Portland ME Geno’s Rock Club w/ Sylvia, All Night, Lousy

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https://twitter.com/gozu666
https://www.instagram.com/gozu666/
http://gozu.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/BlacklightMediaOfficial/
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Gozu, “Disco Related Injury” Live at Desertfest Berlin 2014

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Gozu Sign to Blacklight Media / Metal Blade Records

Posted in Whathaveyou on November 17th, 2016 by JJ Koczan

gozu-live-photo-by-tim-bugbee

Boston heavy rockers Gozu have signed to Metal Blade subsidiary Blacklight Media for the release of their next album. Just back from a European tour alongside Holy Grove, the four-piece are riding high from this year’s Revival (review here), which served as their debut on Ripple Music following two records through Small Stone, 2013’s The Fury of a Patient Man (review here) and 2010’s Locust Season (review here).

No doubt it was their on-stage ferocity that caught the attention of Blacklight Media‘s Chris Santos (also of the Food Network’s Chopped). Coupled with their penchant for heavy groove and soulful edge, it has stood Gozu out from the pack in the American heavy rock underground for more than half a decade, and on behalf of this site and myself, congratulations to the band. May they continue to get the credit they’re due.

Gozu are currently — like, today — writing a new album that they’ll begin recording next June with Dean Baltulonis at The Wild Arctic Studio in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, where the bulk of Revival was also tracked. One assumes Benny Grotto at Mad Oak will have a hand in it as well. In addition to the Blacklight deal, they’ve also signed on with Brooklynlarry Management (Sick of it All, among others), and have plans in the works to return to Europe next Spring or Fall.

We’ll let the PR wire make it official, and I’ve also added some exclusive quotes from guitarists Doug Sherman and Marc Gaffney that you’ll find peppered in below.

Dig it:

gozu-photo-by-james-jay-fortin

Gozu signs worldwide deal with Blacklight Media / Metal Blade Records

Blacklight Media / Metal Blade Records is proud to announce the worldwide signing of Boston’s rock/metal outfit Gozu. Formed in 2010, the four-piece have released one EP and three full-lengths to-date, and are currently writing their fourth studio album, set for a 2017 release.

Marc Gaffney on signing:

“A chance to sign to a label of this realm and magnitude, does not usually happen, so, when Chris Santos told us he wanted to work with us after a show at Lucky 13 in Brooklyn, we were in s state of shock. The four of us are simply in awe that we will be working with Brian Slagel, I mean Metal Blade, talk about Rock Royalty, I think Brian has to be in the upper echelon of respected gentleman in the field.Now, to work with such an intelligent and genuine soul as Chris Santos, my coffee tasted a little better this morning and the sun shined a bit brighter. Thanks to everyone who has helped and on to a new chapter. Ciao!”

Including a former member of Warhorse, Gozu heave the rock, yet embody the soul on their past releases. Fronted by Marc Gaffney on vocals and guitar, Doug Sherman on guitar, Joe Grotto on bass, and Mike Hubbard on drums, the band’s sound is tailor-made for blasting out the car speakers via international radio airwaves.

Having already been aired on national television (USA) via MTV (‘Road Rules’, ‘Dudesons’, ‘Real World’), NBC, and NASCAR, Gozu aims to take their critical and commercial success to new heights on their upcoming debut for Blacklight Media / Metal Blade Records, with worldwide touring to follow.

Douglas Sherman on signing:

“This is an amazing opportunity for Gozu to be a part of Blacklight Media / Metal Blade. To be actually be working with celebrity chef Chris Santos, who is extremely passionate about metal and successful with everything he touches, and the legendary Metal Blade CEO Brian Slagel is truly mindblowing. I’m looking forward to this new chapter in our career.”

Previously, the group shared the stage with the likes of Saint Vitus, Pallbearer, Lo Pan, Storm of Light, Helmet, Elder, Mos Generator, and Fu Manchu in the States, as well as Yob, Church of Misery and Kvelertak in Europe at Roadburn (Netherlands) and DesertFest Berlin (Germany). 2017 will surely see Gozu back on the road again, and at the forefront of the heavy rock and metal world.

Gozu comments: “We are extremely excited to be signed to Blacklight Media / Metal Blade Records, started by celebrity Chef Chris Santos and partnered with legendary Metal Blade founder and CEO, Brian Slagel. The four members of Gozu couldn’t be happier. This is why we plug in every night.”

Stay tuned for more news coming soon!

Gozu is:
Mike Hubbard- drums and percussion
Joseph Grotto- bass and low end
Douglas Sherman- lead guitar and sounds
Marc Gaffney- guitar and vocals

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https://twitter.com/gozu666
https://www.instagram.com/gozu666/
http://gozu.bandcamp.com/
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Gozu, Live at Psycho Las Vegas 2016

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