When it comes to cover-band origin stories, Goya's is as unusual as its repertoire. A kind of local supergroup, the band brings together members of hard rockers Sanguine Addiction, -itis, and Last Supper for high-decibel interpretations of everything from Carl Douglas' "Kung Fu Fighting" to CeeLo's "Fuck You."
Goya originated as an impromptu band that original guitarist Craig Soderberg put together for a different kind of open mic night.
"He was going for a thing called 'Bandeoke' at Union Station with a band who'd have singers come up and do karaoke with them," says Dave Zahara, who would take over guitar duties in Goya after Soderberg moved to Maui. "And Josh [Lanier] was one of the guys who went up there and sang some really crazy stuff. Mötley Crüe, Guns N Roses, stuff like that."
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In the years since, Goya has played full tribute sets as Pantera and AC/DC; come this Halloween, they'll do the Crüe. Meanwhile, their regular repertoire continues to expand.
"It's a fine line," says the guitarist, "between what the crowd's gonna enjoy and what you're gonna enjoy." In the latter camp are songs by Tool, Faith No More, and King's X. "But then we also have a Lady Gaga medley."
Regardless of the song, the musicians feel free to take more liberties than more conventional cover acts. "With this band I can actually cut loose whenever I want," says the guitarist. "Whenever I feel like throwing in some crazy runs or whatever, I'll just do it and they don't even bat an eye. I would say it's probably the most well-rounded guys I've ever played with, and they're all so top-notch it's ridiculous."
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