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Genre: Classic Rock / Rock / Southern Rock
Location Somerset, Un
Profile Views: 93029
Last Login: 5/19/2013
Member Since 4/1/2005
Record Label www.grooveyardrecords.com
Type of Label Indie
BioThe Holy Goats seek to take retro rock to the next level and find an audience with a new generation. To bring back the essential ingredients of rock and serve them up with classic rock-influenced songs. Soul-driven vocals and harmonies top off raw riff rockin' guitars, tightly wound around a solid rhythmic backbone. Raw rock mixed with roots blues by bands like Humble Pie, Zeppelin, Faces, Free, Hendrix, Aerosmith, Stones, the Black Crowes and Bad Company formed the core of Todd McCullough's guitar style and song writing. The molten blues and soul vocals of these bands burn in the Goats' music today. The Goats' original songs carry on the classic rock/blues tradition that shaped their tastes and aspirations early on. The Holy Goats joined together to make the kind of music they wanted to hear: Heavy blues influenced rock 'n' roll with soulful vocals, skillful musicianship and classic rock songwriting. Enjoy The Holy Goats brand of rock'n'roll with a straight shot of blues. The Holy Goats, the band's eponymous debut, received critical acclaim in the US and Europe. The disc opens with the Hendrix-like ferocity of "On Your Knees." The Goats' cover of the Stones' "Stray Cat Blues" reaches a riff-swapping crescendo of guitars, while "If I Could Speak My Mind" delivers a rock-solid solo forged with the influences of Free and Aerosmith. The Holy Goats' new release, Next Round, offers a harder edge with songs like the Zep- and Pie-influenced "Something To Tell You." "Marriott Soul" pays tribute to Steve Marriott and Humble Pie, keeping classic rock traditions alive. The rock-gospel-blues of "Time To Recall" finds inspiration in the Paul Rodgers/Free tradition, while embracing the rich vocal harmonies of Exile-era Stones and Humble Pie's Blackberries. New York/New Jersey commercial radio stations and listeners have named The Goats "best original rock band." Opening for rock icons like Peter Frampton, Paul Rodgers, and Foghat, The Goats continue to perform their brand of classic rock, regardless of trends or fads Both discs are available at amazon.com, cdbaby.com and are distributed in the U.S. and Europe by Grooveyard Records.
MembersThe Holy Goats are an original rock 'n' roll band, with songs written by lead singer, Todd McCullough. Besides songwriting and luminous rock 'n' soul vocals, Todd contributes rhythm guitar, harp and a few well-chosen leads..... Daphna Elroy adds soul-driven harmony vocals to flavor the Goats rock style.... Pete Scott's raw lead guitar blazes with urgency and inspiration, Beckett Grealish delivers high-powered drums and Chris Huynh's bass kicks the Goats into their groove.
InfluencesThe Black Crowes, Humble Pie, Led Zeppelin, Bad Co., Free, The Rolling Stones, Aerosmith, Faces, Small Faces, Deep Purple, Grand Funk Railroad, Cream, Skynyrd, Allman Bros., Jimi Hendrix, Motown, Mississippi Delta blues and many more...
Sounds LikeCompared by media to the Black Crowes, Humble Pie, Faces, Led Zeppelin, Free, Bad Co., Skynrd and more... The Holy Goats bring back the essential ingredients of rock and serve them up with a straight shot of blues..... "The Holy Goats are a rock and roll revival filled with revelry and high-octane music! Yet, their sound is original and their fire and enthusiasm take the classic rock sound to the next level."
The Goats released their 2nd CD “Next Round” garnering both critical and radio acclaim, reaching #6 in Relix Magazine. The CD has 11 hard-hitting songs, from the big, riff-heavy "Something To Tell You" to the soaring "Look Inside." "Next Round" is available @ CDBABY.com and grooveyardrecords.com as well as nationally and internationally. New songs are posted on the bands web site.
The Goats have also earned their fans opening for rock icons like Paul Rodgers, Peter Frampton, Foghat, The Guess Who, The Outlaws, Marshall Tucker, Little Feat, Mountain, Steve Winwood, Blue Oyster Cult, Levon Helm, Jorma Kaukonen, David Johansen and Gary US Bonds.
They found hard driving rock is always in style, regardless of trends or fads. The Holy Goats brand of fueled rock n’ roll with a straight shot of blues continues the timeless rock tradition.
"Consistently named Top Rock Band in the tri-state area," says the Aquarian Magazine. Both the Stone Pony Asbury Music Awards and The Home News nominated "The Holy Goats" debut release as a "Top Rock Release."
Like Led Zeppelin and Aerosmith, heavy blues-rock guitar is the dominant force in the Goats’ music. Echoes of The Black Crowes, Humble Pie, Cry of Love, Led Zep give the Goats’ 2nd release, "Next Round" a harder, modern sound. Lead vocals inspired by the likes of Paul Rodgers, Chris Robinson and Steve Marriott, along with soulful choruses, bring a richness to the mix. Strong songwriting makes “Next Round” release distinct and coherent.
105.7FM the Hawk's hosts and listeners voted the Goats as best NJ band for two consecutive years. Showcasing the Goats at 105.7FM the Hawk's "Wingstock Concert Series" at First Energy Park, NJ. 95.7FM selected the Goats to headline The Stone Pony's premiere broadcast concert series “Live at the Stone Pony," in Asbury Park, NJ.
WDHA (105.5FM Greater Media) radio also selected The Goats twice to headline at their festival shows and "Rock & Ride" motorcycle fests as well as voted best NJ band.
WZZO (95.1FM Clear Channel) radio in Allentown, PA., listeners also voted The Holy Goats as best "ZZO Band. "Station showcases included the Bethlehem Musikfest, the Greater Allentown Fair and WZZO's May Fair Fests. WZZO also selected The Holy Goats as best "ZZO Band."
Watch the Goats new "Something To Tell You" HDMV from their latest release "Next Round"
READ WHAT CRITICS SAY ABOUT THE GOATS:
”Ah, this is a magnificent record. Here we finally have a young band staying true to the soul-powered ‘70s with blues-based heavy guitar, strong dynamics, and groove-induced riffs in the spirit of Humble Pie, The Black Crowes and Free. The songs are top-notch, soaked in the essence of cool retro-rock. The band makes a huge statement in the eleven tracks that fill Next Round.
‘Something To Tell You’ kicks the disc off in style…The guitar work is blues-based, forged in old school British rock - emotive and peppered with exotic spice.
With repeated listening, it’s hard to believe this is only the band’s second release as the songs are so refined, crafted and catchy - sounding as if it’s aged 40 years before surfacing.
There’s even a bit of Cry of Love in tracks like “Homesick Blues,” the rootsy mid-tempo ballad “Look Inside” and the grinding “What You Do To Me.” The latter utilizes the sex-appeal of the guitar and vocal in a simple, hypnotic groove while the lyric “the way you tease me with your sharp tongue / you’re gonna get a lickin’ before your done” leaves a memorable impression. The lyrics borrow from the inuendoes first fostered by Robert Johnson and Blind Lemon Jefferson. It gives the record another stamp of authenticity and enjoyment
‘Marriott Soul’ pays fitting tribute with lyrics ‘ninety-nine pounds is a lot of soul, filled with black coffee and sweet blackberry roll.’ A favorite is the staccato riffing of “The Deeper You Look” with it’s Hendrix groove and rhythm that locks in with bass. This Jersey quintet may have white skin but their soul is black, Highly Recommended! - Todd K. Smith, Cutting Edge Rocks, Author, “Heavy Load – The Story of Free” www.cuttingedgerocks.com
Thank God, The Holy Goats have arrived to keep REAL soul-powered rock alive with their superb NEXT ROUND disc. Absolutely outstandingly killer right down to the way-kool lyrics, I can't get it out of the CD player!!! Joe Romagnola, Grooveyard Records, NY
The New Jersey based rock band, The Holy Goats, certainly know how to grab an audience’s attention, their sound is very much a blues/rock genre, with the soulful sexy vocals of their front man Todd McCullough, this band is very much together and their sound is tight.
One of my favorite tracks has to be “Something To Tell You.” This track had me hooked from the get go, with the awesome guitar riffs and solos teamed with the slinky/hypnotic vocals. This track pushed ALL my buttons. Another track I would recommend is “What You Do To Me.” This song really had me … and is, in a word, “Sexy.” With blistering guitar riffs and strong smooth bass line, this track pulsed with energy - Helen Hosie, Krash City Magazine, London.
“The American quartet have produced a blues rock debut and have forged them into a strong set of songs, over which those who aspire to be the Blackest of Crowes would cast an envious eye. "On Your Knees" has a sass and good infectious riff, and the harder-edged "Nothing To Lose" showcases Todd McCullough's whiskey-soaked vocals well. Solid retro songs, well played." - - Steve Swift- Power Play Magazine, England.
"Has a smoky, slinky groove to it, and might have you thinking of the Black Crowes and the familiarity of '70s rock, a mix of acid rock, southern rock, and Texas blues hits home." – - Bill Ribas, NY Street Review.
“This New Jersey-based quintet brings back that hard driving blues-rock sound in a big way. This disc boast(s) thick slabs of smoky, rootsy romp and stomp rock ‘n’ roll… bursting with tasty guitar licks, rollicking bass lines, and throaty vocals, encompassing retro rock to the hilt. The Holy Goats bring the bell-bottom blues of Humble Pie and The Faces back to the forefront.”- - Mike SOS, Skratch Magazine, NYC.
“ The Holy Goats take you on a trip back in time when good old fashion rock-n-roll ruled the airways. When the singers had soul and the rhythm section was tight but still walked with a groove. When the guitar players played more than just chords, they were LEAD instruments. All hail The Holy Goats!- Bill Rowen, Rocker Magazine, CA.
- Amazing Debut!
This is a rock n roll band whose music must be heard. Blending rich and soulful vocals, impressive blues-inspired guitar riffs and solos, a tight rhythm section, and a 12 pack of great songs, that will get your rock n roll juices flowing in no time flat. Sounding like the second coming of Bad Company with a dash of Zeppelin, The Holy Goats prove to be worthy of comparisons serving up great rockers, soon to be classics, like “On Your Knees” “Presence of Mind” “Nothing to Lose” “Rock n Roll”.....
The Holy Goats are the type of rock n roll band you’d go see and there would be nothing fancy, just a bunch of guys in t-shirts with some Marshalls and their instruments, they’d plug in and they’d blow you away! If you love listening to good ol’ rock n roll with attitude and want to tap the steering wheel harder on the way home, The Holy Goats are just what the doctor ordered. I for one am dying to hear what the band comes up with next. Tony Sison, All Access - Magazine, DRP, Atomic Chaser, CA. USA.
“Shades of Humble Pie, Bad Co., Crowes and the Stones color the hard-rockin' boogie-blues delivery of guitarist/vocalist/bandleader and Chris Robinson-esque (Black Crowes) frontman Todd McCullough. Raunch rawk riffs, gut bucket vocals, great stage command, solid songwriting, soaring leads and a super tight low-end. Consistently named top rock band in the NY,NJ,PA tri-state area." - Al Muzer, The Aquarian Magazine.
-HAIL THE HOLY GOATS! -
"The Holy Goats, fans of classic blues and blues-rock remain ever hopeful about a revival in popularity of the forms. Listening to the Holy Goats' debut CD, the songs are about loves won and lost, to be sure a blues theme, but the music is also punctuated by high energy dueling guitar solos, energetic bursts of drums and throbbing bass, and great vocal and harmony singing. Every track on the album is a winner.
Their success is due to fans seeking a return to a more traditional blues-rock sound that hearkens back to the great blues-rock bands of the 1970s like Humble Pie, Foghat, Led Zeppelin, Bad Company and other Brits who brought the emotion and excitement of blues back to largely white American audiences in a modified format, often called blues-rock." -- U.S. 1 News by Richard Skelly
"Sacrifice The Rolling Stones, Humble Pie, Aerosmith, Bad Company and the Black Crowes into a blender and the zesty result will be The Holy Goats. Yet, their sound is original and their fire and enthusiasm take the classic rock sound to the next level. This band from central New Jersey are committed musicians who play a great brand of power-rock blues. Their music is a mix of soulful vocals, powerful percussions, raw vigorous guitars and heavy bass lines that are part of their trademark sound. The self-titled debut is a twelve-song collection of roots rock, lusty playing and raw forceful blues. The CD opens with 'On Your Knees' with its strong bass lines, funky groove, scorching guitars and deep moving vocals by singer/songwriter McCullough. This fluid song is followed by 'Presence of Mind' another heartfelt soundscape complete with impressive jams. 'Satisfied' is filled with smoldering dynamic guitar chords, high voltage beats, kick-ass keys and expressive vocals. 'Satisfied' is fulfilling and just one of many top-notch tracks. A smoldering bluesy cover of the 'Stray Cat Blues' follows it. The Holy Goats are a rock and roll revival filled with revelry and high-octane music!." -- Laura Turner Lynch, Kweevak’s Music Portal
"If your style leans toward southern rock, a New Jersey band is about to hit the UK that will suit your taste. “If you put The Holy Goats CD on, what you'll hear is rock and roll with a straight shot of blues. Raw, riffing guitars that will make you smell the tubes burning from the amps. Vocals that pour rock and soul into your ears and melt in your heart." That's how band visionary Todd McCullough describes the music of The Holy Goats, and it's an accurate description of one of the areas most in-your-face, straightforward guitar rock bands. The group has been a mainstay in the New York, New Jersey music scene in recent years. Radio station WDHA has selected them for their "Homegrown Spotlight" showcase the last few years, and they have also featured by WZZO at the station's showcase at the Bethlehem Musikfest and at the Greater Allentown Fairs." -- Power Play Magazine, UK Stateside Cuts, Hal B. Selzer
"After checking out the various displays and talking with interesting people, we settled in our chairs to catch The Holy Goats at the main stage. Right from the first note The Goats were smoking with dueling guitars, distinct heavy rhythms and discernable percussion. The Holy Goats have one powerful male vocalist and a backing female singer. They have a strong stage presence and are first-rate musicians. The Holy Goats played an energized set of songs from their debut album and forthcoming new CD that is due out this year." -Clearwater Music Festival Review,- Kweevak’s Music Portal Rich and Laura Lynch
> "The debut album of the American band, The Holy Goats, surely represents one of the most pleasant surprises when talking about a band’s first release. The basic style of this band is rock with roots in the 70’s, in the tradition of bands like Led Zeppelin, Humble Pie, Bad Company, the Faces, the Rolling Stones, etc. This retro attitude has an improved, modern production, and not for one moment could it be said that the band’s music is passé. The Holy Goats have a natural, direct and assured way with their material, which is based in rock and blues, with slight soul variations. The Holy Goats are band with big possibilities and respectable quality. Their album has consistent material, and there is not a weak moment. The Holy Goats are a band to be reckoned with in the future." -- Branimir Lokner, Rock Express Magazine
"The Holy Goats are from New Jersey, but after listening to their southern-fried, blues based, classic rock, you'd swear they were from the south. Their website says their sound is a blend of their influences the Stones, Black Crowes, Aerosmith, Humble Pie and Bad Company and they're not lying. The group features biting, solid guitar riffs and tightly constructed songs that maintain energy throughout. But you also hear shades of the Allman Brothers and Lynyrd Skynyrd in the twang-tinged guitar riffs and the upbeat vocals of Todd McCullough (guitar, harmonica)." - -Ted Power, Demorama
- Black Crowes? Nahh - HOLY GOATS!!!
Browsing in their present page on CD Baby, the most important point of reference for the independent musicians Americans and not and small labels, was also present a very enthusiastic review to foot of page that had the title that I took in loan wanting to anticipate the same, and all those who are reading this review from the attitude of to compare the Holy Goats with all of the groups In mind.
Surely it is very easy that you jump equally into this easy mistake you just will not have listened to the intro of "On Your Knees", piece from the rhythm funky-southern -rock that catapults the band in the '70 thanks the riff vintage created from the Telecaster of Todd McCullough (voice, guitar and harmonica) and Deek Mason (lead guitar) and supported from the excellent rhythmic section.
The sound of the band is except for "framed" of the expected and besides the sound rock you draft Black Crowes , Humble Pie and Bad Company, there are episodes of a lot more blues that restore to both the Allman Brothers Band and Gov' t Mule like the attractive one "If I Could Speak My Mind", "Presence Of Mind"," Rock n' Roll Thru My Head".
The references of the band are infinite and begins almost a game of mirrors that returns to Aerosmith and to the harmonica of Steven Tyler in "Same Old Line", while "Clear" and "Keep It Rollin" seem chosen from the repertoire of the Lynyrd Skynyrd.
But there is not rock in the music alone of the The Holy Goats but also a touch of psychedelia of the Greatful Dead in "Still Missing You" and of country and rockabilly in "See The Light". How not to cite finally the attractive cover of the Stones "Stray Cat Blues" equally with a touch of personality that gives it even more blues of the original one.
See how it see is impossible not to cite all of the groups that comes in mind when listening to this CD but the thing mattering more is that the Holy Goats limit themselves to the inspiration of creating pieces with a strong impact and an immediate place for music to the sign of the long journeys of the American Highway of the deep south of the USA. Claudio Tosatto 95.1FM Radionotte, Italy
The Holy Goats debut release is available at CD Baby.
Member Since:April 01, 2005
Members:The Holy Goats are an original rock 'n' roll band, with songs written by lead singer, Todd McCullough. Besides songwriting and luminous rock'n'soul lead vocals, Todd contributes rhythm guitar, harp and a few well-chosen leads.
Daphna Elroy adds soul-driven harmony vocals to flavor the Goats rock style
Pete Scott's raw lead guitar blazes with urgency and raw inspiration.
Kamran Vaziri delivers solid high-powered grooves and Chris Huynh's bass kicks the Goats into their heavy rhythmic groove..
Influences:The Black Crowes, Humble Pie, Led Zeppelin, Bad Co., Free, The Rolling Stones, Aerosmith, Faces, Small Faces, Deep Purple, Grand Funk Railroad, Cream, Skynyrd, Allman Bros., Jimi Hendrix, Motown, Mississippi Delta blues and many more...
Sounds Like:Compared by media to the Black Crowes, Humble Pie, Faces, Led Zeppelin, Bad Co., Skynrd and more... The Holy Goats bring back the essential ingredients of rock and serve them up with a straight shot of blues.
"The Holy Goats are a rock and roll revival filled with revelry and high-octane music! Yet, their sound is original and their fire and enthusiasm take the classic rock sound to the next level."
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