For the past twenty years, one name in Canadian punk rock has been synonymous with excellence, consistency, and fun. That name is Gob. Setting stages across North America ablaze since the release of their debut eponymous album in 1994, Gob has toured with some of the genre’s greatest acts, making a name for themselves as a must see band.
With a new album out and renewed energy, Gob is back and better than ever. The Canadian foursome was kind enough to take the time to answer some of our questions on the new album, their illustrious career, and growing up.
Your self-titled album came out twenty years ago. At the time, did you ever think that you would still be around making music twenty years later?
I don’t think you ever look THAT far into the future. I feel when you start a band, you look at what’s right in front of you. You look at the the next gig or the next album for the next tour, and then over time you can eventually look back, but I think it is quite surprising for the guys to look back now. Twenty years! It never ceases to be fun and we never stop enjoying playing with one and other, so there’s no reason to stop and you can just keep going!
Gob was one of the first punk rock shows that I’ve seen and I know that your music has been a large part of many people’s lives, including my own. I’m sure that over your twenty years in the industry, you’ve heard this a thousand times. How does it make you feel knowing that you’ve been such an instrumental part of some of your fans’ lives?
It’s really an amazing thing to hear that you’re someone’s first show, and we never ever stop being thankful for it. The fact that these people are still coming to our shows, hanging out and coming up to us and telling us that, really makes the shows that much more amazing!
The fans that you started with in 1994 are all grown up now. You guys are not immune to time either. Do you feel like your music has grown up with you?
Yeah, for sure! Of course music totally grows with you. It just continues to change how you change. So, I think if you really look at the albums, they’ve kind of grown with us and with our fans at the same time.
If you were to compare your eponymous album and APT 13, what would you say the major differences are?
I think there are major differences in every record. With APT 13 we kinda went to a fun rock ‘n’ roll/almost at times 70s hard rock, but all the albums I feel had their own sound, from the earliest EP, which had a fast punk sound, to the later albums with more of a hard-core sound, and then later into straight rock ‘n’ roll style. They all have their own vibe. The last record, Muertos Vivos, we felt that it was a serious record. Lyrically it was pretty serious and dark sounding, so I think this one, our newest one APT 13, is kind of a response to that.
Do you still find inspiration in the same things as you did when you wrote the first album? If not, where do you find your inspiration nowadays?
I think inspirations change as you grow up. What inspired you as a kid then as an adult are constantly changing. It can come a lot from relationships and, as cheesy as it sounds, just the world around you. How that changes and how that affects you and just other art, other music, other people, all those things can inspire.
You have released a new album in August and just finished a Canadian tour. What are your plans for the new year?
Our plans for the new year are to get back out on the road, and do some American dates! Hopefully get over to Europe, and some summer festivals. Release some more singles and do some more videos for them, and then get out there and rock as many places as we can!!
It seems like anniversary tours are all the rage right now. 2015 marks the 20th anniversary of Too Late… No Friends. Have you guys thought about doing an anniversary tour or anniversary show to celebrate the event?
You’re right, those kind of things are all the rage right now and I’d be lying if I said we haven’t thought about doing something like that. But to be honest, I’d have to kill you if I told you anything! We might have something special planned in the very near future!.. so keep your eyes and ears open.
In all your years of touring, what has been your most memorable experience? What bands did you enjoy touring with the most?
We just went out with the band Seaway, a bunch of young guys and a really great band. We had a lot of fun with them. One of the more memorable experiences might’ve been our Halloween show. We played Winnipeg and we all dressed up as 80s glam rockers with make up and wigs and blouses and everything that you would expect. Our live show completely changed because we transformed not only our look but we got to rock out like the 80s rock gods that live inside of us!
If you could build your perfect tour and take whoever you want and go wherever you want, who would you pick and where would you go?
OH MAN, that’s a great question! I would take probably our friends The Flatliners and our friends Jiffy Marker. The singer of Jiffy Marker (Jeff Lee) did the album artwork for APT 13. I would love to take those two bands around Europe and Asia annnnnnd America. Haha, I think that would be a blast!!
Do you have any last words for the people reading this?
Just a huge thank you for taking the time! And we hope to see you in your town very soon.
Written and Compiled by Kai Robidas