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Transparent yellow vinyl
A new band from Sweden and this, their debut release is the limited edition single simply called Gås. The Swedish word ‘Gås’ has two known meanings - one is ‘goose’, the Mythical mighty animal and the other is street slang for ‘smoking weed’. Though there may now be a third new meaning, and that would be ‘heavy and loud’.
The 7” starts with Epitaph, a 4 minute and track, rammed full of incredible ‘Rocket trademark’ fuzz-wah immersions from twin lead guitars. The early 70s rock inspired vibe is reminiscent of classic Black Sabbath and Blue Cheer but also has a ‘commune-dwelling’ sound of the German bands from that same era. Acts like Amon Duul ll and Agitation Free spring to mind – as well as their Swedish contemporaries Arbete & Fritids, International Harvester and Rävjunk.
The B-side The North Wind Blew South is, in fact, a cover version, originally by the British band Philamore Lincoln, who made one album in 1970. Gås move the intimate, string driven pop song into a fuzz filled sing-along anthem with its feet firmly set in the Swedish psych scene.
Gås are a perfect addition to the list of mind altering Swedish bands that are already on the Rocket roster. So if you have Goat, Hills, Flowers Must Die, Och, Centrum and Josefin Öhrn and The Liberation records in your collection, then this 7” is a worthy addition.