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Twenty years later, Gob ready to embrace the past

This past August, British Columbia’s Gob released their first album in seven years. Apt. 13 was the pop-punk band’s ninth release, coming 20 years after their self-titled debut.

“We tried to get [Apt. 13] out as quickly as possible,” said Gob’s lead singer, Tom Thacker. “It sounds crazy, cause that’s seven years later, but all kinds of shit got in the way.”

Over the time gap between albums, Thacker was busy working with Sum 41, and even once Gob had finished Apt. 13, they needed to find a label to release it.

The band has gone through different members, record companies and eras of the music industry. Now, they are embracing their past as well as the present, which has not always been the case.

“I think it has always been a struggle until now,” said Thacker. “Every record that we make is made in reaction to the previous record … and I think we mainly just did it to keep ourselves sane making music and keep ourselves interested.”

To go along with the new album, Gob is embarking on a cross-Canada tour that will see them stop in Fredericton this Thursday, the 16th, at The Capital.

Though the shows are mainly in promotion of the new album, they are playing songs that span their entire career, and the reaction so far has been great.

“People were fucking getting into it. Getting into all the songs equally. For the first time, it sort of seems like the future has met the past.”

For a lot of the fans that will be checking out shows during the tour, it will be for songs like “I Hear You Calling,” or “Give Up The Grudge,” and just as they have special meaning for fans, they also do for the band members.

“You kind of remember feeling the way you did when you wrote it. If it’s personal you still feel it, but you might laugh about it because it might have been something that seemed so tragic at the time.”

“If it’s five years later, it seems dumb to kind of sing that song you’re over. But 20 years later, you can kind of embrace it in a tongue-in-cheek way … I’m as stoked to play the old songs as I am to play the new ones.”

The tour kicked off in Kamloops, B.C. and will see the band travelling across the country over the next month.

“The past five years or so we’ve been doing fly-in shows,” explained Thacker. “So it’s good to get back out, like we used to do it. Get in the van and head out for a month.”

“The band tightens up, it just feels good. Everyone is suffering together, not sleeping, hungover, and feeling like shit.”

For the majority of the tour, Seaway will be opening for Gob, but the Fredericton show will feature The Flatliners as the opening act.

From Thacker’s perspective, bands like The Flatliners and Seaway “share the same spirit” as Gob.

“It’s funny because of the way music has changed. When we first came out, after that there was a ton of pop-punk bands, then there were screamo bands, new metal, indie folk bands, and now there’s punk rock bands again, so it’s awesome.”

Even if genres come in and out of favour, Thacker believes that punk will always stick around. Simply because “it’s the funnest music.”

After the tour is finished in November, the band plans on taking a bit of break, though they have ideas for the future. Thacker mentions a possible international tour, as well as re-recording Gob’s first album for its 20th anniversary.

“I don’t know,” laughed Thacker. “Just fucking keep the train rolling.”


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