Who: Gob, with The Johnstones & Slush
When: Sunday, Jan. 18, 9 p.m.
Admission: $15 in advance, Garf’s, Billabong, Katmandu &
The alternative punk rock group, Gob, has been on the Canadian
music scene for quite a while now — 15 years and counting, in fact.
Tom Thacker is on lead vocals and guitar, Theo Goutzinakis
takes guitar and vocals, Gabe Mantle is on drums and percussion, and Steven
Fairweather is on the bass.
Though they’re probably most well-known for their breakaway
hits, “I Hear You Calling,” and their cover of the Rolling Stones’ “Paint It
Black” for the film
Stir of Echoes
Kevin Bacon, their music has continued to evolve over the years, progressing
into something much heavier than they had imagined at the band’s inception in
They can still party with the best of them too, apparently. In
fact, at noon, Thacker was still passed out on the sofa with a bottle of Johnny
Walker Green Label, so Goutzinakis made himself available for the interview.
“We cracked it last night, and he drank way more than everyone
else,” he said.
Goutzinakis and Thacker met in high school.
“I was actually driving to Tom’s high school to hang out with
the girls, because they were way hotter than the girls at my school,” he said
with a laugh.
They shared the same tastes in music, and after playing in a
few bands, finally decided to start their own.
“We totally had a big chip on our shoulders — we knew
what the hell we wanted to do, and it was kind of cool, because the attitude
was real, but we weren’t assholes,” he recalled. “…It seems every year, it was
only getting better and things were always in our favour.”
The game plan was always to make a career out of their music,
but things fell into place much quicker than they had anticipated.
“We didn’t know where it would take us, and we didn’t know how
serious it would get,” he said.
They quickly signed to an indie label and made a video for
their single, “Soda.”
“The next thing we knew, girls were throwing their bras and
underwear at us in front of windows, and we were in Toronto, and went from
playing 20, 30 people a show to over a thousand,” he added.