The Googe

The Googe

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Ambient, mature, "rockestral" sound with thought-provoking lyrical content...that is THE GOOGE.

Biography

Before you get to the music of The Googe, you have to get past the curious nature of the name. But for now let’s just put that aside, point your browser to http://www.thegooge.com/music.asp and simply listen.

The focal point of this band is the diminutive Denise Gouge (vox, gtr) whose vocal style is a clear tribute to her rock heroes and heroines without being simply derivative. The band sports a solid rhythm section (Bobby Rundberg, drums, and Brian Baldwin, bass) complimented by Matt Kovach (gtr) who also provides a strong counterpoint on backing vocals. Ok so far, but the magic really begins when you realize that you are hearing full orchestral tracks within the song—and not just ELO or Silverchair techniques rehashed for the 2000’s. The orchestral arrangements are fresh, integral parts of the song and you can instantly feel and hear why the band takes their self-proclaimed title of ‘Rockestral’ very seriously.

Their music conveys a Panavision approach to rock and roll, and indeed, life itself. Orchestral interweavings within the rocking band give the listener a sense of epic stories begging to be told inside the world’s most ancient architectural spaces. Stonehenge, or the Parthenon, maybe. Although there are a few references to God-with-a-capital-‘G’ in their lyrics, don’t confuse them with a Christian Rock band. Instead, they are Spiritual-with-a-capital-S: transcendent in a sonically suggestible way.

Often compared stylistically to K’s Choice and Evanescence, The Googe have enjoyed great success on the local level being hailed as one of the best in Texas by regional print, radio and their faithful audience. The Bryan-College Station Eagle hails that this band “gives rock a woman’s touch without compromising edge and power.” With nothing less than the energy and imagination projected in their recordings, the presentation of their live performances are genuine and honest enough to satisfy even the toughest music critic. Dramatic, powerful and intelligent best describes The Googe who are staking out new territory at the intersection of film soundtrack and girl-driven rock band.

Which brings us back to the name. Other than being an obvious derivative of Denise’s last name, it stands in relative defiance of the transcendent vibe the band creates. It’s in the obvious tension between the band’s name, and their sonic identity, that you will find the gift of The Googe’s music in that the whole is much greater than the sum of it’s parts. If the name of the band calls attention of any kind to the music, then that’s a fine thing. In the end, the music speaks volume and the volume is great.

Lyrics

Dear God

Written By: Lyrics: Denise Gouge; music: The Googe

Dear god, I know I haven’t spoken to you In a while
It seems there are some things I should tell you now
Will I stand, will I fall, will you take my hand
Dear god, Will I change, rearrange, can you brace the wind

Dear god I know I’ve never asked before, come on by
I guess I need to know if you wouldn’t mind
It’s a shame that I came only when in need
Dear god, thanks for dreams and for things and for being me

Maybe I’m gonna
Find yourself in me
Maybe I’m gonna

(what to say, I don’t know…)
I don’t know who’s in control…
(no control without you here…)
With you here I’ll always be…
(be aware of who I am…)
I am what I want to be…
(wanna be with you right now…)
right now and ever

Maybe I’m gonna
Find yourself in me
Maybe I’m gonna

When I feel I’m going under
When I flop I often wander
Will you tap upon my shoulder
‘cause I don’t feel like losing

Leave It

Written By: Lyrics: Denise Gouge; Music: The Googe

Was it always so damn complicated
Was this really how it was meant to be
I think most religions are overrated
I don’t know the one that’s right for me

Spend your days worried about procedure
Spend your nights fearing afterlife (will I burn in the fire)
In the race your body soon gets weaker
Forgetting all about your God, forgetting all, forgetting God…
Leave it (don’t forget about your God)
Leave it (don’t forget about your God)
Leave it (don’t forget about your God)
Leave it

Sanctify and move back to the reason
You ever tried to search at all
Break the code, breed your love
Make your mark, breed your love
Take your heart, take your love
You gotta take it back
Then you gotta leave it (don’t forget about your God)
Leave it (don’t forget about your God)
Leave it (don’t forget about your God)
Leave it

I don’t want to be your politician
I don’t want to be your kind of friend
Cause it really won’t help in the end
I just wanna be the kind of person
The kind that gives it all, and we give and we give
It’s the reason why we live, yeh yeh
It’s the reason we live

Leave it (don’t forget about your God)
Leave it (don’t forget about your God)
Leave it (don’t forget about your God)
Leave it

I don’t want to be your politician, no no no…

I don’t want it, I don’t need it
I just want to love and to leave it

After All

Written By: Lyrics: Denise Gouge; Music: The Googe

Do you see the shape, do you see the shape
Do you see the shape of a star

Use the energy, use the energy
Use the energy as a charm
We’re gonna make, we’re gonna make it after all
Gonna miss you babe, gonna miss you babe when I’m gone

Would you be afraid, would you be afraid
Would you be afraid if we won
We’re gonna make it, we’re gonna make it after all

Send love in a letter from home, send love in a letter from home

We’re gonna make it, we’re gonna make it
I’m gonna miss your love when I’m gone

Send love in a letter from home

Send love in a letter from home, send love in a letter from home
Send love in a letter from home, yeh we’re gonna make it after all
Do you see the shape of a star
Yeh we’re gonna make it after all
Yeh we’re gonna make it after all
send love in a letter from home

we’re gonna make it, we’re gonna make it
we’re gonna make it after all

Discography

Consume Me is our debut release. Our new 3 song demo is available now!

Set List

Typical Set runs between 45 minutes to 1 hour. We have a wide network of bands we can bring should you need to fill more time.

Original Songs:

Together
Mandala
Peaceful Bliss
Creature
Easy
Should've Known
Consume Me
Truth
Down Below
Dear God
Leave It
Bound To
After All
Track 18
Lullaby
Cover Songs:

Warning - Incubus
Addict - K's Choice
Tyler - Toadies
Tomorrow - Silverchair
Cochise - Audioslave