New York multi instrumentalist Goat will release his long-awaited 4th album LL Goat on March 31, 2017. Along with the album, Goat is looking to take the act out on the road and "bring these songs to the world." LL Goat features tracks culled from an especially creative period in the 1990s, songs that were supposed to be released on his Interscope debut. Record company politics and a changing music industry led to these tracks being lost for almost 20 years, until now.
From the searing album opener, "Burning Stick," an indictment of the US military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, to the aggressive "Alright," which Goat calls his "line in the sand" reaction to government manipulation and war, Goat's incisive, politically-charged lyrics are as relevant as ever. LL Goat uses innovative instrumentation like hip hop beats and samples to provide a groove underneath Goat's blues and jazz-influenced rock, predating similar approaches used by Beck and Eels. But the star of the show is Goat's distorted B3 Hammond organ, sounding like the kind of fuzzed-out guitar you would hear on a Kinks b-side. On top of everything is Goat's soulful, laid-back tenor, reminiscent of a mix between Sun Kil Moon's Mark Kozelek and Chris Cornell in his quieter moments.
Andy Scott, or Goat, has been entrenched in the music industry nearly all his life. The journey started as a sound engineer at New York's famous Power Station (now Avatar Studios). At the Power Station, he worked alongside some of the biggest names in rock, from Bruce Springsteen to Keith Richards to Jon Bon Jovi, who used Goat's B3 Hammond on his first album. Goat hit his stride in the 90s, when his single "Great Life" was featured in the I Know What You Did Last Summer soundtrack and a series of Kia commercials. Goat's music continued to innovate and influence a new generation of hip hop-inspired rock.