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Gob comes calling

B.C.-based punk rockers return to Whistler with material from latest album, Muertos Vivos



Who: Gob, with The Johnstones & Slush

When: Sunday, Jan. 18, 9 p.m.

Where: Garfinkel’s

Admission: $15 in advance, Garf’s, Billabong, Katmandu & The Hub

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 , starring 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 1994.

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.