Gozu Premiere “Nature Boy” Video; Revival out in June

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Revival is Gozu‘s most intense and aggressive album yet in no small part because of the kick in the ass it receives with this opening track. Due out in June via Ripple Music, the record begins at full-tilt with “Nature Boy,” a quick three minutes of thrust that informs all that follows. I’d hardly call it a complete summary of the soulful vibes and dense grooves the Boston-based four-piece offer throughout their fourth full-length, but it sure as shit does rock. And what’s more, it signals to the listener just how solidified Gozu have become, in their approach overall and in the tightness of their lineup, having since the release of 2013’s excellent The Fury of a Patient Man (review here) established their rhythm section with bassist Joe Grotto and ex-Warhorse drummer Mike Hubbard.

Again, it’s something one can hear more in setting “Nature Boy” alongside Revival tracks like the smooth-grooving “Big Casino” or the airy finale “Tin Chicken” — the band’s penchant for goofball song titles a long-running aspect of what they do — but even if you listen to the push of the opener, it runs on an air-tight foundation that lets founding guitarists Marc Gaffney (also vocals) and Doug Sherman careen through riffs and execute crisp turns in a way they never have before. That’s not to take anything away from their past work, either on The Fury of a Patient Man or 2010’s Locust Season (review here) before it, just that with the band as they are today, Gozu can rage as much as they can swing, and Revival offers a fair amount of both in its sharply-executed 41 minutes, captured by Dean Baltulonis at The Wild Arctic and Benny Grotto at Mad Oak and mastered by Tony Reed himself.

There’s a lot more to say about the record, and I’ve no doubt that we’ll get there in the two and a half months leading up to the album’s release, but today I’m thrilled to be hosting the premiere of the video for “Nature Boy,” directed and edited by Tom Corino (also of Rozamov) with camera work and visual effects by Ben Lipiecki.

Live dates, including Psycho Las Vegas in August and a weekender alongside Scissorfight, follow the clip below.

Please enjoy:

Gozu, “Nature Boy” official video

WOW!!! Well we are very excited to announce that we are releasing our new album “Revival” on Ripple Music. 8 songs recorded at The Wild Arctic with Dean Baltulonis (Primitive Weapons, Most Precious Blood,The Hold Steady), Benny Grotto – Producer/Recordist/Mixer/Musician and Mastered by Tony Reed of Mos Generator. Cover Art by the one and only Chris Smith. Thanks Todd Severin, we are very excited to be a part of the Ripple Music family! A special thanks to our good friend Scott Hamilton (Small Stone Records) for making this transition easy for us. Nothing but love sir. We have a laundry list of thanks we will get to later.

Gozu live dates:
Mar 18 Fat Baby New York, NY Black Wail
Apr 21 The Shaskeen Pub and Manchester, NH Bigfoot
June 3 Middle East Cambridge Album Release: Sylvia, Wormwood, Worshipper, Magic Circle
Jun 04 One Bar Northampton, MA Stoned To Death Fest
Jun 10 Dover Brickhouse Dover, NH Scissorfight
July 11 Genos Portland, ME Johnny Cremains
Jul 29 Lucky 13 Brooklyn, Scissorfight, Backwoods Payback
July 30th Kung Fu Necktie, Scissorfight, Backwoods Payback
August 26th Psycho Las Vegas. Sleep, Blue Oyster Cult

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