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The Go Station

Following on from the release of their dynamic debut album Passion Before Function, we think that New York band The Go Station are on the brink of breaking through, their lush, finely layered pop sound a nice panacea to the mass of unadventurous indie rock bands littering the musical landscape at the moment. We spoke to vocalist Doug Levy about the evolution of their sound from their earliest demo days: ‘Initially it was really just Matt and I, mostly using acoustic guitars and a four-track tape machine. Looking back on it, we didn’t really have any idea what we were doing, but remarkably enough, a couple of those songs have survived to this day. Of course, you’d barely recognize them after all they’ve been through. Our evolution as a band has been the product of a lot of things — getting to know each other better, growing up, working with different people, learning what kinds of sounds we can make, and more than anything, collaborating. Regardless of what a song sounds like when it comes in, it tends to sound much different by the time it gets recorded. We have a pretty democratic process, which stops us from veering off in too many different directions’. What are the main challenges a New York-based band such as the GoStation faces just trying to be heard? ‘For the most part, they’re the same challenges any band faces now. The Internet has been the great equalizer, giving everyone the opportunity to reach an international audience. The question is, given that opportunity, how do you get people to actually notice you above all the noise? Obviously, the most important thing is to make great music. That alone will give you a leg up on most other bands out there. The competition is still pretty fierce though. At the end of the day, we just do everything we can to try to spread the word as much as possible. We really believe in the music we’re making, and we think that the only thing we really need to do to win people over is to get them to seriously listen. As with most enterprises, money is also a big issue. And that is where being New York-based does make things even more challenging. Because New York is such an expensive place to live, it’s much harder for us to raise funds for things like recording, touring, marketing, and pretty much anything else that would help raise our profile. We’re constantly working and struggling to make sure we can still do those things while making ends meet, but that also becomes a huge drain on your time and energy — also both important commodities when it comes to being in a band’. Is there any track on the album in particular that still gets your heart pumping when you crank it out live? ‘Honestly, the album still feels very fresh to us, which is good, because we’re starting to tour to promote it. We play most of the tracks live, with the exception of Battle Lines, which can be a little too quiet and slow for a club environment. All Together Now is our standard show opener. It works really nicely to set the stage — which is probably why we opened the album with it too. I personally always like playing Not Enough, but I think Common Ground is the overall band favorite to play live. There’s a big jam section at the end where everyone can really let loose, so I guess it’s easy to see why’.

Listen to The Go Station’s Not Enough.