Bobgoblin – Sinistar

Bob Goblin

Music can be so frustrating at times especially when you cannot understand how a band with a song as dynamically addictive as Sinistar can escape attention for so long. Such is the case with US power pop/new wave band Bobgoblin. Formed in 1994, it has taken two decades for us to catch up and on to what their fans have known for so long, that this is one rigorously infectious and exciting band.

Of course one song does not paint a history but a swift backward search confirms the suggestion of the band’s brand new single, though now the band is on a new and even more exhilarating plateau. Formed as mentioned over twenty years ago by vocalist/keyboardist Hop Litzwire and drummer Rob Avsharian, who met whilst at University of North Texas, Bobgoblin was soon in full swing with its initial line-up completed by bassist Hech MaHech and guitarist Lech Vogner, before they were replaced by Tony Jannotta who took on both roles. Line-up additions and departures followed but the trio remained the stable heart of the band as their live stature grew and releases like Jet and The 12 Point Master Plan increasingly impressed and recruited fans. Also creating another project called AOJ (or Adventures of Jet in reference to the group’s first independent release) which took up a fair chunk of the time between their start and now, the trio has kept the years and ears busy, though yet to make that break through beyond their homeland it might be fair to say.

The band’s sound is seeded in the likes of punk, post-punk, and new wave, but equally has an adventure which embraces everything from 70s glam-rock, prog rock, orchestral music, and anything which catches the band’s imagination, as proven by their AOJ releases and their return as Bobgoblin and acclaimed album Love Lost For Blood Lust. Leaping back to the now and new single Sinistar, Bobgoblin are ready to nudge the broadest spotlight on their sound yet, an aim which if the track seduces the rest like us, cannot fail.

From the first strains of the bulging bassline, Sinistar has ears and attention licking lips; even more rigorously as riffs and vocals add their vivacious energies to the proposal. Hooks and grooves bound up as the song progresses, each adding their dose of infectiousness and irresistible pop toxicity. The best way to describe the song is early XTC meets We Are The Physics, though at any time there is additional flirtation which can spark a hint of bands like Devo, Baddies, Department S, Oingo Boingo, Tonight… Do not mistake this as assuming the song is predictable though, as it romps with a freshness and adventure which sets it firmly in its own spotlight.

The bass of Jannotta especially seduces; it’s grizzled throaty tones a delicious lure within the contagious revelry romping around it. Just as magnetic though are the devilish keys and flavoursome vocals of Litzwire whilst Avsharian simply slaps the skins of the drums and senses into eager submission.

Accompanying the track is Robotron, a similarly catchy and energetic slice of pop devilment which embeds an early Squeeze like mischief in its vibrant body of energy and inescapably infectious sound.

If like us Bobgoblin is only now infecting ears and the passions then just remember better late than never as you lose your lust to Sinistar.

Sinistar is available now @ http://www.bobgoblin.com/music

RingMaster 03/02/2015

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