Below Zero Lounge
Thursday – Sep 24 – 9:30

The musical partnership of Jason Arbenz and Paul Cavins is not only one of Cincinnati’s most fruitful and long running, it is also the backbone of Goose. The two guitarists met at Miami University in the spring of 1984. By the time classes resumed in the fall, Cavins had switched to bass and Liquid Hippos were born. By the end of their run, in 1988, the Hippos had released an LP, (Shellac The Bozak, Ultrasuede 002, incidentally, the Afghan Whigs’ Big Top Halloween was Ultrasuede 001) and played shows throughout Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. The band split so Jason’s brother, and Hippo guitarist, Jordan, along with Hippo drummer Michael Horrigan could pursue their speed-funk side project, The Love Cowboys.

Jason and Paul would then form Throneberry, who in its eight year run (1990-1998) would ascend through the local scene, sign to L.A. indie label Alias, release three LPs and assorted EPs and singles, tour throughout the U.S. and Canada with the likes of Weezer and Lush, have a video ( On The Strobe Flume) aired on MTV, garner national press in mags like Spin and Alternative Press, tour Europe with the Afghan Whigs, play live on the BBC, etc... generally exceding all expectations, before losing their drummer to the Whigs and grinding to a halt about a year later.

The painful loss of Horrigan, who proved difficult to replace, provided the impetus for Goose, as Cavins again learned a new instrument, this time drums, in order to facilitate the next step. With Jordan Arbenz back in the fold as lead guitarist, and new face Lance Stapleton on bass, Goose debuted in May of 2002.

The music of Goose is a catchy blend of sweetness and grit, of heartbreak and elation. The songs stay with the listener, while the lyrics are oblique enough to warrent repeated plays. Lead guitarist Jordan works from a broad musical palette which gives each song a distinct identity.

In 2006 Goose released the long awaited LIVE IT UP TURN IT GOOSE. A record picked as one of the best releases of that year by Cincinnati Citybeat. Goose's live shows support LIVE IT UP TURN IT GOOSE and also sport some tasty new tunes that will make up Goose's sophomore release.