An interview with Goose guitarist Rick Mitarotonda and multi-instrumentalist Peter Anspach is featured in Episode 74 of The JamBase Podcast, a partner of Osiris Media. Rick and Peter spoke via video chat from their homes in Connecticut with JamBase’s Scott Bernstein.
The conversation took place a week after Goose’s Goosemas livestream concert, which originated from the rooftop of a building in New York City’s Rockefeller Center. Goosemas was viewed live by over 60,000 music fans around the world, raised over $45,000 for Save Our Stages and Conscious Alliance and capped a big year for the group.
Goose has certainly been on the rise and garnered much attention as their fanbase has grown exponentially over the past two years, yet the band isn’t an “overnight sensation.” The discussion began with a bit of “Goose 101,” as Rick and Peter described the long path each took to get to where they are. Mitarotonda shared the history of Vasudo, his pre-Goose band, while Anspach shared the history of his pre-Goose band, Great Blue. Rick went on to explain how Goose was formed out of the ashes of Vasudo. Peter came aboard in 2017 and recalled his first concert with the group at Goosemas IV.
Scotty, Rick and Peter then turn their attention to Goose’s 2020. The pair discuss the addition of percussionist Jeff Arevalo and the genesis of their Bingo Tour. Anspach revealed the role a “Bingo Guy” played in the inventive virtual tour and how the band picked the site that hosted the run. Rick and Peter then talk about the drive in shows Goose played this year with Anspach detailing one the best moments he’s ever had as a musician.
Rick and Peter go on to discuss the conditions that led Goose to postpone their Halloween Weekend concerts in Morris, Connecticut and how that changed the band’s gameplan for their Donnie Darko-themed show. Other topics hit upon were Goosemas, the long-awaited follow-up to 2016’s Moon Cabin LP, an addition to Peter’s rig, thoughts about changing the band’s name and more.
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