goodbye Gadget is an indie-pop rock band from the San Francisco Bay Area. Their music has been described as a mix of rock, punk , and 80’s influenced pop-which has evolved over their past few years in the music scene.
The band consists of vocalist and lyricist Ana Isabel, guitarist Jessica Loberstein, bassist Chris Self, keyboardist Neil Hagge and drummer Cory Aboud.
Their critically acclaimed EP Because I’m Not Myself, You See was the beginning step towards their newer sound with growing global appreciation. The subjects and narrative of the lyrics are the most often discussed items during interviews. Personal and at times biting, many are surprised at the actual narrative due to the melodic catchiness of the music itself.
goodbye Gadget also has a strong history of performing large shows along with their tours (Warped Tour, X Games, Rock and Roll Marathon, Grand Prix, etc) and have opened for a wide variety of bands including the Violent Femmes, The Dresen Dolls, The Donnas, Sugarcult and more. Their music has been featured on MTV reality shows and songs from the latest EP continue to expand their reach from college stations to international Podcasts to Sirius Radio Alternative stations. Their sound and high energy live shows have them comfortably compared to bands such as The Sounds, Metric, and Paramore.
goodbye Gadget is sponsored by Marshall Amplification, Daisy Rock Guitars & a Burning Hollywood Romance clothing.
Ana Isabel - VOX
Jess Loberstein - Guitar, VOX
Chris Self - Bass
Neil Hagge - keyboards
Cory Aboud - Drums
*Because, I'm Not Myself You See (08/2009)
* Killing June (12/2006)
*Girls on Top (2007, Roach Coach Records)
Oakland's Goodbye Gadget Rocked The Bay Area Proud When They Opened for the Vandals at Slims December 19th, 2008
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Oakland's Goodbye Gadget rocked the Bay Area proud when they opened for the Vandals at Slims, Decemb...Oakland's Goodbye Gadget rocked the Bay Area proud when they opened for the Vandals at Slims, December 19, 2008.
A fusion of melodic punk rock and electronic dance elements underlined by introspective lyrics - that just about describes the sound of Goodbye Gadget.
But the Bay Area band had to try out many pairs of shoes - and band members - to find the right fit for creating their unique musical style. "It's not just a fit musically - the personalities have to work, too" said guitarist and unofficial band manager Jess Loberstein. That would explain the numerous lineups that the band has gone through since it got its start in 2003.
Initially an all-chick band called "Inspect Her Gadget," the ladies produced raw and tough music similar to riot grrrl bands such as Bikini Kill. Ana Isabel joined the band in 2004, proving herself not only in the role of front woman, but also as a fierce lyricist. While the band's songs aren't overtly political, they don't focus exclusively on heartbreak, either. Ana Isabel writes a wide array of introspective lyrics, taking inspiration from personal experiences and from the other band members.
Over the past five years, the band has grown musically and professionally.
They've even welcomed two guys into their circle, which ironically "softened" their sound and broadened their fan base. Pave is a notorious drummer who, according to Jess, "all bands want to steal." Neil Hagge has brought the keyboard element to the band that now defines their slightly more mellow, dance sound. Along with Neil came the name "Goodbye Gadget" in 2006, signalizing a fresh start not only as a band, but as friends.
"I never thought I'd join a punk band playing keyboards," said a grinning Neil. "But it works."
Oh yes, it does. Just ask the fans.
Goodbye Gadget has opened big names such as The Donnas, Violent Femmes, and The Dresden Dolls –but their new "best friends" are the iconic 80s punk rockers known as The Vandals, for whom they opened at Slim's in San Francisco last Friday. One look around venue and at the lively mosh pit revealed that the four gadgets were almost as highly anticipated as the main act.
So what does 2009 hold in store for Goodbye Gadget? Apart from searching for a new bassist (Johaan Hill of Static Thought is temporarily filling in), they're currently working on an EP that's scheduled to be released in the spring.
"The fans can expect more dance elements and more layered effects. It won't be as raw as it used to be," said Ana Isabel.
And of course Goodbye Gadget will continue to deliver punk rock at it's finest.
by Laura Waxmann
Album Review by Guitar International
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Goodbye Gadget Because, I’m Not Myself You See Album Review By: Dr. Matt Warnock Because, I’m N...Goodbye Gadget Because, I’m Not Myself You See Album Review
By: Dr. Matt Warnock
Because, I’m Not Myself You See is an engaging release by Oakland based, pop-punk band Goodbye Gadget. Bringing together electronica, power-pop, punk and modern rock, these five talented musicians grab the audience by the lapels and drag them into the musical storyboard that is Goodbye Gadget. While the strong, melodic vocals of lead singer Ana Isabel will bring to mind early No Doubt, Flyleaf and to a certain extent Evanescence, don’t be fooled, Goodbye Gadget may stay true to their influences, but they are innovators and definitely not imitators.
One of the biggest standouts on the album, and what will no doubt carry them to a successful career if they stick with it, is their creativity and no-fear attitude when it comes to musical experimentation. Though the album will be labeled as pop-punk, indie-rock, or whatever trendy moniker is floating around the blogosphere these days, there are moments like the intro to “Massed Gadgets of Hercules” that border on the avante-garde and modern experimentalism, something one would not get from most, if not all, modern pop-rock bands. It is this willingness to explore the ethereal possibilities of the sonic landscape that separate Goodbye Gadget from their peers, and that brings a level of intellectualism to their music that one would not expect from today’s over-crowded, radio-friendly scene.
This is not to say that the music is so original that it’s jarring or abrasive, far from it. One of the biggest reasons for the albums success is the subtle nature of the bands creativity. A great example of this is the use of layering during the song “Missing.” By weaving several melodic lines under the vocals in the guitars and keyboards that float in and out of the forefront in a seemingly effortless manner, the song creates a series of layers that move in and out of the listener’s peripheral listening scope. Each time the song is played back and re-listened to, different lines and melodies jump out from the background. Creating a listening experience that gets better with every playback of the song, a testament to the depth of the group’s music and to the detailed nature of their songwriting.
Because, I’m Not Myself You See is a solid release for Goodbye Gadget. Not only does it lend itself to an enjoyable listening experience for any fan of modern pop-rock music, those fans that like to dig deep into their musical experience will unearth a treasure trove of sonic gold with each pass through the album. Their use of melodic layering, innovative sampling and meaningful, easy to relate to lyrics are a combination that few bands ever achieve, and one that Goodbye Gadget has had the good fortune to find early in their careers.
Goodbye Gadget’s Jess Loberstein on Guitars, Gadget and Why Girls Rock
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By: Dr. Matt Warnock Goodbye Gadget is not your average rock band and Jess Loberstein is not your...By: Dr. Matt Warnock
Goodbye Gadget is not your average rock band and Jess Loberstein is not your average rock guitarist. Reaching deep into the annals of rock history, both Jess and Gadget draw influences from the early ’90s Riot Grrl movement, modern bands like AFI and Paramore, and even ’80s stalwarts Echo and the Bunnymen. The end result is a band that is pushing the limits of radio-rock, led by a guitarist who is as creative as she is adept. With an ever growing fan base, a long list of endorsements including Daisy Rock Guitars, Marshall Amps and the Burning Hollywood Romance clothing line, Gadget’s latest album Because, I’m Not Myself You See is a glimpse into a bright future for the band and it’s lead guitarist.
Goodbye Gadget guitarist Jess Loberstein recently sat down with Guitar International Magazine to discuss her early influences on the guitar, the trials and tribulations of being a women rocker and her fondness for Daisy Rock guitars.
Matt Warnock: Goodbye Gadget’s music kind of defies one general category as far as your writing and performing are concerned. Who were some of your early influences as a guitarist, because it sounds like you’ve checked out a wide variety of players and bands from across the board over the years.
Jess Loberstein: It’s always hard to describe our sound because our influences cover such a wide range of backgrounds, which helps to make up our personalized sound as a band. We don’t really have one specific genre that you could place us in. Our older music was more rooted in Punk, at least that’s the closest term you could use to describe it. I listen to a lot of Babes in Toyland and old-school Bikini Kill, that sort of thing, but then I also like a lot of newer bands like The Used and Cobra Starship, which is very synthy, and I’m a huge Smashing Pumpkins fan. I also like a lot of Echo and the Bunnymen too, is that kind of weird. [Laughs] I’m kind of all over the board with what I’m into.
We have a lot of that early Riot Grrrl type sound mixed with the newer synth stuff taken from Cobra and other bands. And I can speak for everyone in the band when I say that we’re all huge AFI fans, and I think when they put out Decemberunderground, which is very electronic, that had a big influence on our band, absolutely. So now, our sound comes from a combination of all these bands, mixed in with our own personalities. That’s basically where the Gadget sound comes from.
Matt: One of the things that stood out to me when I first heard your latest album, Because, I’m Not Myself You See, is the amount of experimentation that the band brings to the radio-friendly side of your writing. What’s the driving force behind your need to push the envelope with your writing, challenging your listeners to go beyond their expectations of a modern, pop-rock band?
Jess: I love a lot of music on the radio, and I don’t think we’ve ever thought, “Hey, we’re sounding too radio-friendly,” but, over time you have to eventually start to experiment and get creative with your writing in order to keep things interesting, for ourselves as musicians, and for our fans. A lot of times we’ll write a new song and see how the audience reacts, but other times we don’t really care, we just want to push ourselves as musicians and let things unfold that way.
One of the tracks we’re working on now finishes with this quasi-Spanish guitar feel to it. It’s still our sound. It’s still very Indie-Rock Electronica, but there’s this cool Spanish, Flamenco guitar sound at the end of the song. We didn’t intentionally try and go there with the song, but we were trying some new sounds and that’s where the music took us.
I think we’re all open to experimentation, but we also don’t want to go too far with that stuff. We try to keep things from getting too far out there, but we also don’t want people to buy one of our albums and have every track sound the same. I think it’s important to experiment with our sound to keep the audience engaged, but also to keep things fun, new and exciting for the band.
Matt: Since you aren’t writing in a formulaic, radio-friendly, manner, have you experienced any difficulties because radio stations, or concert promoters, want a certain sound, or like one of your songs and want every other one to sound the same. Has that ever been an issue for you yet as your popularity starts to expand?
Jess: Yeah, we’ve met some challenges along those lines recently. We’re not really big enough yet where we can get away with doing whatever we want musically and just have the radio stations accept it and play it. We’ve had a lot of the mainstream stations tell us that we’re too experimental, that they like us but don’t know how we’d fit into their regular rotation. On the other hand, College stations will tell us that we’re too main stream. So we’re kind of in an in between stage where we don’t fully fit into either area.
It’s a drag sometimes, but we don’t really care. We’re just trying to make music that we love to play, and that are audiences love to hear, and we’ll let the radio stations worry about how to categorize our sound. I don’t think any band can please everyone all of the time. With that in mind we’re just going to focus on making good music and playing it well, I think if we do that, people will recognize our conviction and will make up their minds on their own, without a radio station telling them what they should think or listen to.
Matt: Being a woman who plays rock guitar, and who’s in a band with a female singer, have you ever experienced any push back from the rock community because you’re a woman? Have you seen that side of the industry, the male dominated side, or have we gotten past that in the rock community yet?
Jess: We definitely haven’t gotten past that. It’s a lot more accepted than it was, but there’s still a level of discrimination that runs through the rock community. One of the things I really hate is when we’ll talk to a club that we really want to play at and they’ll say something like, “Sounds great, we have a show coming up featuring all-girl bands and we’d like to have you on the bill.” It’s really irritating when people like that will only consider us for a gimmicky show like that, featuring only girl bands. If they like our music so much why can’t they just let us book our own show? That just drives us mad. We don’t understand why we have to wait for a female bill to play, rather than let our music speak for itself.
The other thing that gets me is when people will come up to us at a show and say something like, “Man I wish I was in a girl band so everyone would do everything for me and I wouldn’t have to lift a finger.” Meanwhile, we’re lugging these big amps and drums around and setting up all of our stuff and they didn’t even notice. We get a lot of bullshit comments like that.
I’m sure it was worse and it’s getting better, but we’ve hit barriers with labels, with promoters and with certain sections of the listening audience. Unfortunately, I think there’s still that mentality that bands will sell more records and be more successful if they’re male fronted, but with bands like Flyleaf and Paramore, hopefully that will change for the better.
Matt: There’s also a huge double standard in the rock world, or the greater realm of celebrity for that matter, between woman and men as far as sexuality is concerned. Take a guy like Brett Michaels for example. Here’s this middle aged man chasing around a bus full of young, promiscuous women, and we celebrate that behavior by giving him his own TV show. But, if a woman were to act that way we’d call her a slut, or a cougar, and wouldn’t necessarily approve of her acting that way. Because of this double standard have you had to be extra careful with your image because you might do something that’s innocent on your end, but if it’s misconceived by the press, could negatively affect your career?
Jess: Yeah, it’s the same thing with being sassy on stage. If someone yells something at us on stage and I comment back then I’m a major bitch. But if I guy did that he’d be a rock star. We’ve had those experiences and I’m definitely the one in the band who will react to that sort of thing.
We did a show a while back with a Reggae band, and their audience wasn’t really into what we were doing and were yelling stuff at us. Of course I starting firing back at them and all of a sudden I’m being called a total bitch, whereas if a guy was doing it he’d be cool and edgy.
On the other side of that, with a guy like Brett Michaels, he can still be cool and sexy even though he’s an old man. There are tons of people out there who think he’s hot and want to be with him, but how many people would say the same thing about a beautiful woman like say, Stevie Nicks?
This behavior is also more condoned for guys as they age, and not so much with girls. If guys sleep around they’re cool and it’s hot, but when girls do it they’re sluts, and I’m not sure when or if this mentality is going to change anytime soon.
Matt: You don’t think it’s going to get better?
Jess: Well, with time, like any kind of societal mentality, it’ll change. I think that the more young girls who pick up guitars and the more female fronted bands there are, the more people will be willing to accept us on equal grounds as the guys. I don’t think it’s something that one person can go and change themselves. It’s going to take a number of female artists over time to really bring about any kind of meaningful shift in the way we’re viewed in the rock community.
We’re also sponsored by Daisy Rock Guitars and we’ve gotten comments from other bands that we’ve played with like, “Fuck that, I’ll play any guitar, I don’t need some guy guitar made for me, why would you play some guitar just made for girls?” I get that, but at the same time Daisy Rock is encouraging young girls to pick up the guitar. The neck is a little smaller and it’s easier to play. They have regular guitars, and then they have their Debutante series which have stars and hearts on them. I think if a young girl picks up a Les Paul and starts playing great, more power to them, but if Daisy Rock can bring more women to the genre and get them more interested in playing the instrument then what’s wrong with that?
Matt: Well, the ironic thing is that for a lot of these guys their guitar hero’s from back in the day started playing because they bought a guitar with cowboys painted on it, or skulls, or flames or whatever. So, there again is this sort of double standard running through the rock world. It’s ok for guys to have skulls and naked chicks on their guitars, but if a girl buys a pink guitar, or one with stars or hearts painted on it, that’s somehow not cool and not valid as an instrument choice.
Jess: It’s true. There are plenty of “dude” guitars that may not be overtly labeled that way. There are plenty of guitars out there that are built, shaped, designed and painted for guys to play, they just aren’t called Guy Guitars. When it comes down to it, it shouldn’t matter, if you like a guitar then fucking play it. If it’s got cowboys or skulls or flowers or whatever painted on it, if you like it then who the fuck cares what other people think. It shouldn’t matter but it’s kind of sad that it does.
Hopefully we’ll be able to get past that sort of thing soon. These are the things we deal with as women who play rock, but at the end of the day it’s all worth it. It’s a great way to make a living, double-standard or not. For us it’s all about the music and if we stick with it over time that’s what people will focus on, and that’s what keeps us going and writing and recording new material.
Because, I'm Not Myself You See Record Review by Street Voice UK Music Magazine
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GOODBBYE GADGET - Because, I'm Not Myself You See EP: Goodbye Gadget are one of the best bands to co...GOODBBYE GADGET - Because, I'm Not Myself You See EP: Goodbye Gadget are one of the best bands to come out of America and this six track mini album just shows what a brilliant band they are! The band blend rock, pop and punk into their sound and more importantly do it with style too! It's great to see a band that comes out of America that don't rely too much on the same riffs. All six tracks on this release have their own identity and sound very different. On hearing this release you'll find that out how diverse Goodbye Gadget are when you hear the opening rock number 'Sugar & Sinnamon' then go to the third track ' Because, I'm Not Myself You See' which is a slower pop number and then head off to 'Missing' which is has an indie/rock sound. Musically this is spot on throughout and the recently added keys and synth being incorporated into the sound has a big thumbs up from me. The most pleasurable part of this release though are the vocals from Ana Isabel who has been compared to Gwen Stefani but in all fairness has an amazing voice in her own right. If you're after hearing a very cool band who are far from mundane then give this six track EP a listen. 9/10
Release Date: 1st September 2009
Because, I'm Not Myself You See Record Review by Altsounds
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Spacer Icon Goodbye, Gadget has a habit of becoming infectious. Damn their pop-punk stylings for gr...Spacer Icon
Goodbye, Gadget has a habit of becoming infectious. Damn their pop-punk stylings for growing on me like a cute little tumor. The more I listen to "Because, I'm Not Myself You See" the less I want to chuck it into a bin. I even find myself singing along to the hooks, tapping my foot to 'Let's Go,' and laughing with the darker lyrics of 'Dealbreaker.' I can't get over a keyboardist in pop music, I just can't. There's a certain bounciness it adds to this generally upbeat release. A Lightness. Damn it, its fun.
Goodbye, Gadget falls along the lines of AFI, Shiny Toy Guns, and the like. However, they've secured their originality in an often dark, but never screamed, vocal construction, as well as a sense of drama counter pointed with fun pop riffing. Melodic, dark, and filled with more hooks than a Boston LP, "Because, I'm Not Myself You See" is fun for the whole family. That is as long as your whole family are some pop loving skater punks.
Opening with 'Sugar and Sinnamon,' "Because, I'm Not Myself You See" leads in strong and showcases one of the more single worthy tracks. 'Sugar and Sinnamon' has an immediate synth bounce, and 4/4 swagger to the drums. While still dark thematically, the vocal harmonies are sweet and catchy. I personally get my jollies on this album from 'Let's Go' and 'Missing.' 'Let's Go' is a hand clapping sing along of first rate quality. This is the upbeat stomper you're looking for from a rocking pop group. This would be the perfect time to get sauced and make an ass of yourself at a live performance...Or not. Maybe that's just me.
Moving on. 'Missing' is the most moody track on here. The depth and darkness of "Because, I'm Not Myself You See" coalesce into 'Missing.' This impassioned track, expertly crooned by Ana Isabel, delivers a powerful emotional wrap up to "Because I'm Not Myself You See." Goodbye, Gadget are making waves in their local, San Francisco, music scene. Earning critical acclaim from various music press and independent radio. I'm sure it's only a matter of time before national attention comes their way.
With its catchy rhythms, and vocal hooks, "Because, I'm Not Myself You See" could very easily have the chops needed to garnish such acclaim. Fingers crossed, and best of wishes, for Goodbye, Gadget.
Because, I'm Not Myself You See Review by Wonkavision Magazine
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So what would you get if a bouncy ’80s soft, indie-pop group like Talula Gosh had instead dedicated ...So what would you get if a bouncy ’80s soft, indie-pop group like Talula Gosh had instead dedicated themselves to the art of sharp synthy techno, and lyrical content that takes a decidedly dark turn from time to time? You’d probably get something like Goodbye Gadget’s Because, I’m not Myself You See.
Much of this CD is in an intense place lyrically, especially in the two leading tracks “Sugar and Sinnamon” and “Bitter Freedom.” The word-work is slightly reminiscent of the Dresden Dolls, almost aggressively hard, but musically, the two bands are very different. Where the Dresden Dolls are raw and deliberately overwrought, Goodbye Gadget has a more polished, slightly techno sound, quite suitable for dancing and toe-tapping. The powerful, driving sound may not be strikingly original, but it’s catchy and even fun, and it certainly gives the songs impact on a few different levels.
The main vocalist, Ana Isabel, stays fairly even throughout, and sticks to her strengths. There’s none of the shouting or shrieking that’s often found on albums that combine this level of emotion with this level of energy. Isabel’s voice: bright, distinctive, with just a hint of growl, allows the songs to be appreciated for the catchy pop factor as well as on a more visceral emotional level. It just sounds good, and doesn’t compromise the emotions running through the songs at all. In short, it’s a perfect fit.
Unfortunately, like most EP’s, it seem to short, and to make matters worse the real action is on the first two tracks. The EP’s title track, “Because, I’m not Myself You See,” and the next track, “Let’s Go,” sound like scientific distillations of the two sides: one a slow, wrenching, personal piece, and one a high-energy, punkish call to arms. They’re both good—really good in fact—but the real magic is in the mix. The final two tracks are fine, but they’re just less memorable. Nothing on the album is bad, but not everything is fantastic either. So is it worth it for two great songs, two good songs, and two okay songs? Yes. The highs are high enough that it’s difficult to feel cheated, and there’s plenty to enjoy throughout.
[By: Ryan Simmons]
Because, I'm Not Myself You See Record Review by Big Wheel Mag
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Just from looking at the album artwork, I knew that this was going to be a very unique band. The cov...Just from looking at the album artwork, I knew that this was going to be a very unique band. The cover art has characters and symbols from Lewis Carroll's classic tale "Alice in Wonderland" painted on around the title of the album, which is also from "Alice in Wonderland" (Because, I'm Not Myself You See).
The band, Goodbye Gadget, consists of Ana Isabel, Jessie Loberstein, Neil Hagge, Pave, and the bass on all the tracks is done by Johaan Hill. Although I hate to put emphasis on just one person in a band, the spotlight on this album is definitely Ana Isabel. My first impression of the sound of Goodbye Gadget was that they were very poppy, but with a blend of techno. I tried to think of who Isabel reminded me of- and then it hit me. Both vocally and artistically, Isabel has a style related to No Doubt front runner Gwen Stefani. Isabel, who wrote all six of the songs on "Because, I'm Not Myself You See", has channeled all her pain (possibly physical but no doubt emotionally) into her brutal lyrics like "I can tell its the way you watch my mouth/Grab my neck/Hurt my wrists/Push my knees" from "Sugar and Sinnamon" and in "Dealbreaker" when Isabel ponders, "Could it be an awful truth I didn't know/That I wasted all my time and there you go". The song "Missing" further elaborates on her pain with "I am running, running/You can't hear my voice say "I'm coming, coming"/Can you find me? Can you find me?".
The lyrics and style of "Because, I'm Not Myself You See" connect to the theme of "Alice in Wonderland" because of the confusion and suffering that Ana Isabel has obviously had to go through, much like Alice when she entered Wonderland and had to find her way out. Thankfully, Isabel's story that is clearly told through this album is just as delightful and mind-boggling as "Alice in Wonderland".
Band MySpace: www.myspace.com/goodbyegadget
Because, I'm Not Myself You See Record Review by Rock Pulse
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Goodbye Gadget Because, Iâ€™m not myself you see â€˜Because Iâ€™m not myself you seeâ€™, the deb...Goodbye Gadget
Because, Iâ€™m not myself you see
â€˜Because Iâ€™m not myself you seeâ€™, the debut album/EP from Californian Alt popsters Goodbye Gadget, is certainly a more intriguing and arresting listen than first impressions may suggest. At first taste, the five piece (who have recently expanded their ranks to incorporate keyboards into their Bass-Drums-Guitar-Vocals combo) could be perceived as (Just) another bubblegum pop/rock band, drenched in synths and breezy melodies; and while there is a degree of truth in this, repeat listens, along with a glance at the lyric booklet, reveal something darkly profound behind the easily digestible veneer.
Smothered in the bright guitar work and consummate pop sensibility lies a heart of dark reminiscence and catharsis, from the deceptively harrowing lyrical content of effervescent opener â€˜Sugar and Sinnamonâ€™ to the understated balladry of the title track and keyboard led finale, â€˜Missing.â€™ Packed with melody and addictive hooks, the albumâ€™s flirtatious dabblings in electronica and dashes of pop punk guitar may not appeal to all, but those prepared to put their preconceptions on ice and give it a few spins may well find something more moving and memorable than theyâ€™d expected, (I readily admit to falling into this category myself.) Ana Isabelâ€™s sultry, soulful vocals have understandably gained recent comparisons to No Doubt era Gwen Stefani, and it must be said that the five-piece pack a notable degree of star quality.
Goodbye Gadget seem to be one of those fabled â€˜Marmiteâ€™ bands then â€¦ It would be difficult to imagine a listener not holding a strong opinion about the albumâ€™s quality one way or the other. Ultimately the only way to decide is to give it a listen for yourself, and for my part, I strongly recommend you doâ€¦ Those who love it will really love it.
"Because I'm Not Myself You See" CD Review by East Bay Express
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Goodbye Gadget, Because, I'm Not Myself You See EP. Female-fronted pop-rock can be a bit of a novelt...Goodbye Gadget, Because, I'm Not Myself You See EP. Female-fronted pop-rock can be a bit of a novelty: the sort of disposable mainstream fodder we heard too much of earlier this decade. But in the right hands, it's a powerful art form — both visceral and candy-coated, personal and party-ready. This San Francisco act capitalizes on the genre's split personality through glossy pop songs driven by Ana Isabel's incisive vocals. (self-released)
X Games 13 Musical Line Up Announced (2007)
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"Friday features goodbye Gadget, an alt-rock punk band that has been labeled "the female version of ..."Friday features goodbye Gadget, an alt-rock punk band that has been labeled "the female version of Green Day."
X Games 13 Musical Line Up Announced
Diverse Musical Genres to Compliment World Premiere Action Sports Event
LOS ANGELES—ESPN X Games announces the musical line-up performing at The Home Depot Center Aug. 2-5, 2007. For the first time, all sets will take place in the X Fest Music Tent, where fans will experience music in an intimate, lounge setting. Tickets for X Fest are available on Ticketmaster.com and at The Home Depot Center box office. Admission to X Fest is free to the public on Thursday, Aug. 2.
On Thursday, the event kicks off with local band To Live and Die in LA and Mendocino County's North Coast Underground. North Coast underground is an action sports party favorite, with their soulful reggae and hip hop infused vibes.
Friday, August 3 is Girls' Day at the X Games, where ladies have the opportunity to participate in skateboarding and BMX clinics and a "Learn to Play" seminar by Daisy Rock Guitars. Musical acts will feature Hell's Belles, The Donnas and goodbye Gadget. Hell's Belles is an all female tribute to AC/DC that lives by the motto "All AC/DC, ALL the time." Hell's Belles is a club favorite around the world and makes sure everyone knows that they are about power, not power ballads. The Donnas are adored feisty rockers whose career has seen them grown from "geeky" teenagers to proficient musicians "with much better hair." These ladies love to get up close and sweaty with their devoted fans. The Donnas will be busting out new tracks from their upcoming album Bitchin', out this September on their own independent label. Friday also features goodbye Gadget, an alt-rock punk band that has been labeled "the female version of Green Day."
On Saturday, August 4, the musical spectrum include indie rockers The Shys and blow-up-the-amps metal rockers Death by Stereo. The Shys have been described as a "brash update of '60s British Invasion and garage rock." Death by Stereo, whose fans often chant the motto, "Death for Life" when they play, balance chaos and consciousness with an intense stage show. Their recently released the album Death Alive includes live versions of songs that span their 10-year career.
On Sunday, August 5, last year's crowd favorite Buck-O-Nine takes the stage. Buck-O-Nine is releasing Sustain on Aug. 7, their first studio album since 1999. The event concludes with a performance by Kenna, whose Virginia Beach-via-Ethiopia singer lit up indie radio and MTV2 with the single "Hell Bent" in 2003. His latest album, Make Sure They See My Face, is set to release in late August.
The X Fest Music Tent also features DJ sets by DJ Iree, Junebugg, Efrem Schulz and DJ Jasepi and performances by Mick Kelleher, Dewey PC and Steve Steadham. Fans can participate in the action with Karaoke X, where they can take the stage in a Green Day vs. Ramones karaoke battle backed by a live band. The winner will have the opportunity to win a new guitar.
A typical set list is 7-8 originals and 1 cover (if a big festival). The covers is usually a popular favorite.
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