The reigniting of Gob

Vancouver punk rockers return with new vigour

It has been almost five years since Canadian punk rockers Gob released their last album and in that time the band achieved some serious touring, began working on a new album and the members explored different side projects.

Playing the soundtrack to the mini-Canadian punk explosion back in the early 2000s alongside the likes of Sum 41 and Treble Charger, Gob is probably best known for its raw and energetic tunes Oh! Ellin, Ming Tran and I Hear You Calling.

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But now, with a new record on the verge of release and a renewed sense of vigour, the Vancouver-based group is looking to get the Gob ball rolling once again.

"It's been a while - I don't even know when the last show was," said Gob singer/guitarist Tom Thacker. "We toured quite a bit during the last record's release but now we just want to get something out fresh and do some more tours."

According to Thacker, all the recording has been completed for the as-yet unnamed record, with final mixing now underway. The album took a bit longer than anticipated following the band's last release, Muertos Vivos in 2007.

"We've been chipping away at it and it's basically done now so we're just going to mix it and it should be out sometime probably in the fall," said Thacker.

However, how Gob plans to get the album out remains to be seen, as the industry landscape has changed considerably in just the five years since their last album.

"The industry seems to be changing so much that we're not sure what we're going to do with it," said Thacker. "The online stuff seems to be so much more important than making physical sales. Of course, it's nice to have CDs and LPs and we'll always have that, but we just want to make sure we do the best for the record in terms of promoting it and stuff, and things are changing."

Thacker continued by discussing how bands are now becoming more empowered with tools like social media and self-publishing, with the use of record labels becoming less and less.

"It's amazing - instead of needing a record label to hire people to put ads out or whatever, you can just post a video to Facebook or tweet something," he said. "The artist is kind of taking the industry back from the label."

When asked why it's taken this long for the group to get together and refocus on Gob, Thacker said a lot has happened in the past few years, including him joining Sum 41 as fulltime guitarist and backup vocalist back in 2007.

"A lot of things have changed. I've been busy with Sum 41 and two of us (are) now living in New York," said Thacker. "But now it's all about coming back to Vancouver and regrouping."

As for the upcoming Canadian tour, Thacker said fans can expect to hear the tracks they've come to know and love as the band will be performing material from its extensive back catalogue to get back into the groove of things.

"We're gonna be playing stuff off Too Late No Friends and stuff like that," said Thacker, referring to the band's second album. "We're going to be playing a lot of our other stuff from all of the records and it's possible we may play something from our upcoming record as well.

"We're just excited to be playing again and are looking forward to getting out on the road."

Gob descends upon Whistler on Monday (June 25) and will be performing at Garfinkel's. Tickets are $5 in advance and are available at the Garf's lobby or online at http://bit.ly/KHWDtd. Doors open at 9 p.m.

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