New Single: 'Melt Away'
New Album: 'The Joke's On Us'
Release Date: January 26th 2018, Regurgitation Records
THROW THE GOAT
Michael Schnalzer - Bass, Lead Vocal
Brian "Puke" Parnell - Guitar, Vocal
Troy Whitford - Drums
For the past 6+ years, THROW THE GOAT has been hustling like no other, building a massively dedicated fan base the old school way: one fan at a time. TTG has traversed the nation on tour for months on end, headlined and co-headlined international tours and one-offs, received worldwide acclaim for their releases and maintain a rabid cult following in their hometown. Which, by the way, is a small town in the mountains of Southern California called Idyllwild, which has been heavily featured in the band's highly entertaining music videos. Indeed, everything about Throw The Goat and its story is something of an anomaly.
TTG's latest release, 'The Joke's On Us', was entirely recorded, engineered, and mixed from Emesis Studios in Idyllwild, CA which also serves as the band's rehearsal space and guitarist Puke's residence. The Jokes On Us was mastered by Dave Klein, drummer for California surf punk legends, Agent Orange. After winning the "Band to Band Combat" contest at the end of 2017 (with over 24,000 fan votes), Throw The Goat got picked up by newly reformed Combat Records. Combat was formerly home to Megadeth, Circle Jerks, Slayer, Agnostic Front, GBH, Venom, The Exploited and many others before its ultimate demise. Combat has since been reborn with new owner, Megadeth's David Ellefson, who announced the addition of TTG on his January 1st, 2018 live stream "State of the Union" address.
As mentioned by Dave Ellefson on his live stream, Throw The Goat has been a DIY machine since day one. This has been due, in no small part, to the tenacity of the band's founding members, Mike Schnalzer (bass, lead vocals) and Brian "Puke" Parnell (guitar, vocals), who enlisted the talents of Troy Whitford - drummer for Coachella Valley bands 5th Town and The Sweat Act - in late 2016. The trio are a whirlwind of energy on stage and bring that same level of intensity to their marketing and promotion efforts. They've transformed TTG from a living room jam band into an internationally recognized brand with major potential for expansion.
All in all, Throw The Goat appears poised and ready to continue smashing through genre walls, leaping over hurtles faced by most bands and screaming in the face of its would-be detractors. The sheer determination and solidarity demonstrated by TTG is exactly what we need more of in this World. And, just as the band's music unites people of varied scenes and walks of life, may we all find a way to unite and use our collective intensity for the greater good.
ALBUMS, EPS, DEMOS
2011 - Demo Primero (Demo, Regurgitation Records)
2012 - Black Mountain (LP, Regurgitation Records)
2015 - Blood, Sweat & Beers (LP, Regurgitation Records)
2016 - Vote Goat (EP, Regurgitation Records)
2018 - The Joke's On Us (LP, Combat Records/Regurgitation Records)
RECENT TOUR DATES:
"I guess maybe this isn’t metal, but it’s a shitload of fun. What these guys have going for them is a genuine knack for punching out some fucking infectious mosh-worthy riffs, one after another. They’ve got punk energy, barroom raucousness, and a talented vocalist, and you might get wasted just from listening to them."
"The riffs are heavy, the melodies are surprisingly catchy and the solos will literally strip you naked with their sleazy tone. Although the lads in Throw The Goat seem to enjoy a laugh and have no shame in admitting that, they certainly take their music seriously. Many influences are also heard within Black Mountain, there’s some desert rock (think Queens Of The Stone Age and Eagles Of Death Metal), some punk and even some poppy elements.”
"If ever there was a band to smash the idea of "don't judge a book by its cover," Throw The Goat are the guys for the job. The ridiculous band name immediately suggests a far-from-serious piss-take of a project, while track names like 'Beef' and "Havin' A Beer' don't exactly quench such presumptions. However, this debut full-length from the Californian four-piece is a punk steel toecap up the dusty backside of stoner rock, and the results make for something that wouldn't sound out of place in the background of a skate video. They are a musical wrecking ball that will bulldoze their way through your eardrums and into your head. Resistance is futile; prepare to hum for days afterward."
“This band’s sound is pure rock ‘n’ roll with each member bringing his own flair to the table. It has an all heavy, no frills approach to music that is immediately reminiscent of older Metallica and Motorhead. The raspy vocals of lead singer/bass player Michael Schnalzer are not your typical goat call; they bring a true intensity that makes you want to let that dirty hair fly around in true headbangin’ fashion.”
"Throw the Goat play from their soul. Some bands can care less about trends and stardom and just go for it. On their debut release Black Mountain, they perfectly blend hardcore punk, stoner metal and the aggressiveness of Motorhead. They create infectious vocal melodies with simple upbeat pit induced rhythms. They come across 100 percent authentic and capture the crossover era in all its glory. The track “Too Late” is Throw the Goat at their best. The groove during the verses is undeniable and the D.R.I. inspired vocal melody is killer. The chorus has an excellent clean vocal that the Ramones would be proud of. Opener “Southeast Bound” is ripped right out of Lemmy’s playbook and comes slamming out of the gates. The hilarious “Havin’ a Beer” and “Beef” are both punk anthems that capture the spirit of the band perfectly."
"Throw the Goat have proved they are more than just a ‘heavy rock band’ that should be made abundantly clear. What they have got together here literally shines and outlines their talents surpassing the 100% mark. It’s diverse in the fact that vocally the range goes from rock orientated to downright brutal a bit like hitting the accelerator on a posh car! The album does not just glide it storms the gates and at times charges right through it. The energy, diversity and leering presence all contrasts to bring you one feisty contagious and indeed listening experience. The guys know how to do a job and not skimped on anything – it is one superb listen from start to finish – “one cannot simply listen to Throw the Goat but when one does expect to have your ears embellished with sophistication!” Unless, of course, you are listening to ‘Havin’ A Beer’ then you are allowed to go and get pissed!"
“If you want some ragged metal tinged punk n' roll, Throw The Goat serve up plenty on their debut Black Mountain. Coming on like the love child of The Datsuns, Priestess and a less polished Bullets and Octane, the Goat boys slap you round the chops with opener Southeast Bound before piling into Too Late (check out the quirky video – these boys don’t take themselves too seriously) and you can’t help but think this sounds like a band having a right old hoot. This is underlined in no subtle way by the obvious (!) choice of cover - Free Your Mind by En Vogue anyone...?”
"...Throw the Goat brings it with a head banging combination of heavy rock nuance, high energy riffing and subtle punk rock undertones... Raw and unrefined (consider that a compliment), the boys of Throw the Goat seamlessly combine the elements of a number of different genres in their first and aptly named demo, Demo Primero. Give it a listen, give thanks and don’t be afraid to Throw the Goat if you catch these guys on their Southern California circuit. 8/10"
"Black Mountain is a refreshing take on classic metal and punk that hasn’t been around since the glory days of The Dictators or more recently Viking Skull. Throw The Goat have nailed the aesthetic perfectly, with lots of bluesy examples of early heavy metal with plenty of mid-paced crunch. Periodically veering into softer, hard rock oriented territory, the band step down on the accelerator now and then to produce songs that could easily fit on an early Motörhead album. Tight musicianship, punk metal grit and punchy production make Throw The Goat not only relevant but a much needed break from the modern day monotony of the music industry."
“All of these guys have been friends for a long time and Parnell, Schanlzer, and Wilson are the main songwriters who also happen to be room mates. The sound which Throw The Goat have created is an outstandingly explosive mixture of metal and rock with a dose of punk which makes it all the more incendiary. The band released their debut album Black Mountain in September 2012 and this is just so riotous and addictive, it is a powerful party mix of songs which are ass kickingly compelling. The first three songs, ‘Southeast Bound’, ‘Too Late’ and ‘Last Call’ are all full throttle assaults which could easily get you pogo-ing around in the mosh pit. These are a wonderful intro to the rest of the album which is a stunning collection of hard hitting dirty stoner rock packed full of attitude and delivered with a healthy heap of power. Ending with a party track called ‘Having A Beer’ Black Mountain is a stunning debut album, 9/10”
"Maybe the best part about writing for a music website is that I have access to music and bands that I wouldn’t normally have had access to if I didn’t decide to volunteer my time to do this. I also enjoy my small part in the massive world that is heavy metal music as well, but finding a band that is way below the radar and trying to help bring them some exposure is what is really enjoyable about this gig. With that I bring you Throw The Goat. A four piece Punk Rock / Stoner Band from the small California town of Idyllwild here in the USA. Throw The Goat has released their DIY debut album Black Mountain and as far as I am concerned has put out one of the most intriguing albums so far this year, and that is saying something because this has been a stellar year in heavy metal music."