The Green Goblyn Project hails from Cape Canaveral, Florida... Where the rockets explode! Formed in early 1996, the goblyns have long been a staple in the Florida music scene. They have opened for many national acts such as, The Subhumans, Hot Water Music, The Casualties, A Global Threat, The Groovie Ghoulies, Even in Blackouts, Squirtgun, Los Straight Jackets, and Agent Orange, just to name a few. They have also toured the U.S. with bands like Leftover Crack (Epitaph) and, The House Call Abortions, performing such legendary venues as, CBGB's (New York City), The Hard Rock Live (Orlando), The Continental (NYC), The House Of Blues (Orlando), The Warped Tour 2003 (US), DragonCon '03 (Atlanta), Fitzgeralds (Houston), and The 9 Lives Saloon (Atlanta). With their unique blend of ambient melodies, and unconventional song structure, The GGP have an unmistakably original sound. Adding that to the bands fiendish onstage presence, makes them a certain bombardment of the senses. Between five self released albums, numerous compilation appearances, on a large variety of different record labels, and non stop touring, the band has developed a loyal following, not only in Florida, but all over the U.S. Recently completing their latest tour, the band has been making an impact on the American touring circuit, and with the help of radio, television, and internet broadcast, The GGP will continue to gain momentum here in the states, and overseas.
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~Voted "Band Of The Year", and "Vocalist Of The Year" by the Orlando Punk and Ska Awards 2002 and then recieved "Drummer Of The Year", and "Vocalist Of The Year" again in 2003 @ the Social, in Downtown Orlando. ~Green Goblyn was one of the headlining acts on the main stage for DragonCon 2003. ~Bootleg TV - Orlando, Florida - This television program which broadcasts all over Florida features the GGP as the shows theme music, and regular video performances are also shown often. ~Week of Oct. 1st 2001, Green Goblyn ranked # 3 on KSPC College Radio - Pomona, California. ~Artwork from GGP (Christ-Mierd) featured by national acts such as, The Queers, The Undead, and The Independents, Art can also be observed in magazines, and publications like, Impact Press, In Theory, and The Creative Advocate. ~Week of Oct. 31st 2002, Green Goblyn song "Devilskin suitcase" went to the # 1 position on Epitaph Records.com (demo-lition.) ~Two members of Green Goblyn Project were formerly managed by the late Joey Ramone, during their histories as members of NYC's punk-ska band The Independents.
Xtian Goblyn - Vox/Gtr
Travisty - L.gtr/B-up Vox
Mierd - Bass
Sparky - Percussions
~ The Secret World of Parasites - Bony Orbit Records 2005. ~Fluke - Bony Orbit Records 2003. ~Impurity Blanket EP - Bony Orbit Records 2003. ~Hookworm EP - Bony Orbit Records 2002. ~The Green Goblyn Project - self titled - Bony Orbit Records 2000 (Featuring guest vocals by Chuck Ragan from Hot Water Music.) ~Butcherfreakrock - Bony Orbit Records 1999 (Also featuring Chuck Ragan.) ~Blue Rita - 7" record - Bony Orbit Records 1999. ~The One Eyed Woman - Bony Orbit Records 1998. ~DemoNo.9 - Bony Orbit Records 1996. ~ Dueling Johnnys - Bony Orbit Records 1996 ~ Macho Mans' Best Move (D.D.T.) - Bony Orbit Records 1996
~This is Horrorpunk - Fiend Force Records (Germany) 2004 ~Out Came the Covers - (A Tribute to Rancid) Tributized Records 2004 ~Where the Rockets Explode Vol. 1 - Bony Orbit Records 2004 ~Serving the Best in Rock n' Roll - Peephole Records 2003 ~The Harder the Better - Turkey Vulture Records 2002. ~Ghouls Night Out - Ghouls Night Out Festival 2002, Celibate Records. ~Spudsuckers (A Tribute to Devo) The Facility Records 2001. ~Rebirthing (A Tribute to Samhain) Spasthmatic Records 2000. ~Out of the Darkness (A Tribute to New Math) Reanimator Records 2000. ~The Green Goblyn Project/ HCA split 7" record - New Deal Records 1998. ~0 to 60 - compilation of 60 second songs - No No Records 1998.
GREEN GOBLYN - Album Review
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The Green Goblyn project is a Cape Canaveral, Florida based Horror-Punk band, although at times they...The Green Goblyn project is a Cape Canaveral, Florida based Horror-Punk band, although at times they're a little light on the Horror portion of the equation. They have been pluggin' away at it since 1996, and since that time have released a handful of 7's, some EPs, and a couple full-length CDs. This disc is a compilation of two earlier releases, the "Impurity Blanket" EP, and the "Hookworm" EP, plus they've added two unreleased tracks, so if you're a fan, and already have those releases, you still need this to complete your collection. The band, which features 2 ex-members of NYC's Horror-Punk-Ska band The Independents, is made up of Xtian Goblyn - vocals/guitar, Travisty - guitar, Mierd - bass, and Sparky Domestic - drums. The band's sound is incredibly varied. With the first track, "Members Missing", I thought these guys were going to be your typical Misfits/Samhain clone band. They even manage to lift a specific, often-used guitar tone straight from Samhain. But then that theory gets blown all to hell. The rest of the disc shows influences from almost every sub genre of Punk you can think of. There are hints of the Southern California scene, the Ramones, Black Flag, you name it, and it's there. I even thought I caught a whiff of Nirvana on "Undead", and 80s New Wave on "Revenge"! However, no matter how different one track is from the one that follows or precedes it, what does manage to remain constant throughout the disc, is that they are all good. Each song has it's own flavor, and it's own endearing qualities, which also greatly adds to the high replayability factor of the disc. Fluke is an above average offering, but it didn't change my world. For more info on the Goblyns, check 'em out at greengoblyn.com.
GOBLYN "FLUKE" - Album review
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Hailing from Cape Canaveral, Florida, The Green Goblyn Project have their shit together on a D.I.Y. ...Hailing from Cape Canaveral, Florida, The Green Goblyn Project have their shit together on a D.I.Y. level, having come out with all their stuff on Bony Orbit Records, a small independent label I am assuming is theirs since the bio that was sent to me with this CD says everything they have out it self-released. The same bio sheet names a few well-known personalities as having been associated with them since their formation back in 1996, including the late Joey Ramone who was their manager for a few years. Besides headlining a tour that Blast magazine put together and opening for the Subhumans, the Casualties and ex-Misfits vocalist Michale Graves, the band also made a handful of appearances on tribute compilations like Rebirthing: Tribute to Samhain, This is Horrorpunk and Spudsuckers: A Tribute to Devo. Fluke is a reissue of the band's previous two EPs, Impurity Blanket and Hookworm, with two bonus songs at the end. The music is quick, guitar driven punk similar to the Misfits ("Members Missing," "Horrorsmile") and the Ramones ("The Hard Things in Hamburger") with some commercial potential ("Devilskin Suitcase"). "Saturnine" and "Filth" struck me as being kind of horrorpunk meets Kalifornia, being softer than the others but having an open atmosphere. - Dave Wolff
GREEN GOBLYN - Review
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There are a lot of people that just kind of stand there and watch us with this confused look on thei...There are a lot of people that just kind of stand there and watch us with this confused look on their face," ponders Green Goblyn Project founder and songwriter, Xtian, (er, Christian.) "Sometimes I wonder if Green Goblyn is just one of those bands that you have to listen to a couple of times to really like it or make a decision on it."
Considering the cracked-skull immediacy of the Goblyn's melodic-punk assault, it shouldn't even take that long. Eight-year veterans of the Central Florida underground (the band hails from Cocoa Beach), the Project's kitchen sink of genre-shifts has landed them precisely nowhere commercially. Yet the group's surprises and many disguises make them one of the most consistently enthralling musical commodities this area has to offer.
Just don't call them goths ... or punks.
"I really hate when people label bands, or for that matter, when people play songs that sound the same over and over again. You get the whole album and it's all the same," says Xtian. "I just really love throwing people a curve ball and making every song a little bit different."
Case in point, "Revenge," a Psychedelic Furs midtempo riff in the middle of their latest EP, "Impurity Blanket" (which is otherwise laden with defiant spit-punk that splits the difference in a John Lydon-led Misfits). In that situation, a Beach Boys harmony may seem like the greatest defiance there is -- punker than punk.
"Well it's kind of like the Beach Boys if you mixed it with Black Sabbath," describes Xtian. Like wild-eyed horror surf, really, chewing on starfish and spitting up motor oil.
Remarkably, though, it doesn't come off at all as a gimmick. Considering the beaches to either side of us, and the darkwave and death-metal circuits that thrive in between, The Green Goblyn Project just might make sense. Holding it all together is a razor-sharp sense of full-throttle musicianship and deadly onstage charisma. Despite being soft-spoken nice guys, the band's darkly explosive intensity comes off as more of an outlet than a gimmick.
"It just comes out, man. It's like a monster," laughs Xtian. "I'm really just the most mellow, nicest guy you'd want to ever know -- behind the Green Goblyn curtain, I'm like a teddy bear. But for some reason, a monster just takes over, like a Jeckyl and Hyde. I get so mad, and so passionate about what I'm singing, it just drives me nuts. I take it out on the guitar and the microphone."
Which can be expensive.
"Every year I have to buy new guitars, because I beat them to death."
The current lineup of the Project is actually mach 2. Previously a three-piece (including Xtian's brother Mierd, then on guitar, now on bass), the band lost its drummer to tour-weariness two years ago. It picked up drummer Marc Tomestic (Sparky Domestic, he's called) and guitarist Travis (or Travisty), both of whom were fresh from a stint with the Joey Ramone-managed ska outfit The Independents.
"They called me up and said, 'Hey, we're coming to Daytona to play tonight, and we don't have a drummer,'" recalls Tomestic. "I'd listened to them for a full year when I was on the road with The Independents. All I did was fucking listen to that CD. I got so obsessed with them."
Tomestic also did time (and continues to on some level) with local heroes Skif Dank and has spent the past 10 years on the road. Between his and Travis' connections and the Goblyn's already growing fan base, the chance encounter has proven itself a lucrative one.
"We gave them a new set of legs," says Tomestic. "I think they would say that."
Xtian and brother Mierd's musical beginnings trace back to 1985, when Xtian taught his brother to play guitar. They formed a sort of metal outfit -- Mother's Mile -- that didn't quite match the duo's more melodic leanings.
"Green Goblyn was really just a side project for our 'pussy' songs," says Xtian.
The project took off, with a series of tapes circulating around the area in '95. Initial interest allowed the band to put its money where its mouth was.
"We always recorded ourselves," says Xtian, now 30. "The first Green Goblyn tapes that came out way back in '95 were recorded on a little four-track, and over time we sold enough of those. We've always been really into pooling our money, and whatever we made from tapes or T-shirts or whatever, we put it back into it. Now it's to the point where we're a 100 percent digital studio. It's just been a growing process."
The band is set to record "Saint Mary" for a forthcoming Rancid tribute, in addition to releasing a couple more EPs this year. At the core of the band's appeal, though, is the aforementioned, confusion-inspiring live show. The friction between tarmac and van tire in the bands never-ending tour schedule further fuels that adrenaline, and on tour is where they're happiest.
"It's almost like extreme dating or something like that," supposes Xtian. "You never know where you're going to end up, never know who you're going to meet. Touring is the best thing that's ever happened in my life, and the best thing that ever happened to the band."
As for the name, well there's little to be said of it short of the spelling issue; the "y" being implemented as a means of avoiding obvious Marvel hassles. Other than that, Xtian doesn't really remember its significance. It just fit. And like many a metal band before them, the band does include several renditions of little green men -- along with assorted death imagery -- in the packaging of their project.
But absurd imagery is just fun. The world is full of absurdity, after all.
"I had this girl, one time, when we were out in Texas. I don't know if she was a crackhead or what," remembers Xtian. "I sometimes wear a ski mask. She's standing there, and she's got like a 3-foot-long beef jerky bent into a question-mark shape. And she's like, 'You know you got a hole in your hat?' I was like, 'Yeah.' And she was like, 'Do you put your dick in it?' And she was waving the beef jerky way down by her waist and up by her mouth, shaping it like a question mark."
Potential album cover?
"We're gonna have to get a camera crew out and do a reenactment."
By Billy Manes
GOBLYNS in CREATIVE LOAFING.
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Green Goblyn Project -- A hardcore punk band with no qualms about challenging the prevailing punk ro...Green Goblyn Project -- A hardcore punk band with no qualms about challenging the prevailing punk rock idiom (always the real punk rock, it says here), The Goblyn play a muddy brand of swamp goth that makes people like A Fire Inside look like makeup-wearing dandy posers. It's not just the clothing, however: see the acoustic sections, tricky changes, and a willingness to ride a riff into ambient terrain if the situation calls for it. Probably not a favorite of the hard-liners at Maximumrocknroll, but then again, no one over 25 probably reads them anyway. SK Netcafe (Davis)
Set times are usually 45 minutes - 1 hour.
All original Material, with the exception of an occasional cover song.
There are no upcoming dates at this time.