SXSW Music: Gobble Gobble

There is something about the band Gobble Gobble that I just can’t put my finger on.  I was first introduced to the band through the song “Lawn Knives”, it was like nothing I had ever heard before but instantly, I knew I liked it. This is how I would have to describe my whole experience with the band Gobble Gobble. After a long two weeks at SXSW I decided that I would end my experience with the band and their intriguing sound. The thought was: find a place to sit and hopefully discover something new, take some pictures and relax, maybe celebrate a bit for a time well spent.

Little did I know none of this would be possible, the band would demand more from me and even though I was exhausted I had no choice but to join in on something magical. As I sat on the side of the stage I knew something was going on as the band set up for the show, making little use of the stage and setting up in the middle of the crowd. I was instantly intrigued to what I was about to witness. I made my way to the front of the stage to grab a few photos and then return to my welcoming seat, as this thought ran through my head all the lights in the venue shut off and the music started.

I was bombarded with sound, lights and a five foot ghost powered by a leaf blower. It was at this moment that I knew I wouldn’t be moving from my spot I was in for the ride, ready to see something that would blow me away. Describing what happened from then on is hard as it’s more of an experience that you need to have for yourself. Gobble Gobble is the combination of the best rave you’ve ever been to and a cult-like experience. There is no circumstance that you will be allowed not to participate in their madness.

Band members rush out into the crowd with tambourines and drums making the crowd a part of the band. As the drum machines blare you are taken away and swept into the best experience of your life. The only disappointing part of the whole experience is the realization that you’ve been missing out on something special. Walking into this show I felt like I had wandered into the best party ever and it had been going on for years. As I jumped around under a tarp with a hundred of my new friends I came to a realization: the people that were there didn’t mean to keep it a secret, they just forgot to send out the invitations. If they had sent them out they would say, “Come and find out for yourself” and I would have to reiterate those words as any description of what happened that night would just do it no justice. It was the best show I saw during my entire experience at SXSW and an experience I hope to have again and again. If you have the chance to see this band live, do so, don’t even think about it. Go. Just do the band one favor, bring a friend and then have them bring a friend and so on. You won’t regret it and I hope you’re as speechless as I am about it.

by Ryan Davis

About Ryan Davis

Ryan is the Founder of Lost in Reviews, a member of The Kansas City Film Critic's Circle, and a key component in the movement to digitally restore the 1986 classic film The Gate. Ryan is also the co-host of Blu Monday a DVD and Blu Ray review show which Lost in Reviews co-founder Angela Davis also appears. While he may be a film and music snob, that doesn't mean you can't be friends. Well it could if you don't like the same bands or films he does, overall it might be best to avoid the subject all together.

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