Tomorrow, Phoenix, Arizona-based stoner doom trio GOYA will release a special two-song Nirvana tribute seven-inch. The first new output from the band’s updated lineup of singer/vocalist Jeff Owens, drummer Nick Lose and bassist Sonny DeCarlo, the recordings derived almost accidentally from their initial rehearsal sessions. All three members grew up in the ’90s thus churning out some Nirvana covers was a natural and logical choice, particularly with the twenty-fifth anniversary of Nirvana’s seminal album Nevermind full-length on the horizon.
After only a few rehearsals together, they entered Switchblade Sound in Tempe, Arizona to track “Drain You” and “D-7” with long-time friend and ex-GOYA bassist, Joe Asselin, who recorded their last album, Obelisk. Though “D-7” is originally by ’70s Portland punk band, Wipers, and was later covered by Nirvana, GOYA plays it in the true spirit of Nirvana. The tracks are mastered by Brad Boatright (Obituary, Sleep, Magrudergrind, Gatecreeper et al).
Elaborates Owens, “Nirvana are a heavy influence on all three of us from our youth. There was a recent article calling Nirvana the most coverable band of all time, due to the simplicity and catchiness of their songs, and there’s certainly something to that. It’s easy to get bogged down with trying to do something ‘different,’ or worrying that the notes you’re playing are too ‘predictable,’ but we feel it’s important to listen to that inner voice telling you that the next note is obvious. Despite what some would have you believe, there’s nothing wrong with standard chord progressions, and that is one of the greatest strengths of Nirvana. Sometimes, a song writes itself, and there’s no reason to fight it or twist it. We all still consider ourselves fans of Nirvana, and we are all fans of basic chord progressions and a more punk approach to writing music, so it’s been a lot of fun for us putting this release together and playing these songs live, and we hope that that comes through in listening to them. And who knows? Maybe it will even have some sort of influence on our writing process as a three-piece in the future.”
Check out “Drain You” and “D-7,” courtesy of The Obelisk at THIS LOCATION.
“Drain You” and “D-7,” will be released through Owens’ label Opoponax Records on a limited-to-100 lathe cut seven-inch on Saturday, September 24th. “Drain You” will also appear in late 2016 or early 2017 as GOYA‘s half of a split 7″ with Boston punkunit, Aneurysm, also to be released by Opoponax Records.