Braindeath: Drums | Loki Sinjuggler: Keyboards | Rob Crow: Guitar (acoustic), Guitar (electric), Vocals | Bane Ass-Pounder: Guitar (acoustic), Guitar (electric) | King Sith: Bass guitar

Genre: Metal | Hardcore, Noise | Xprmntl, Punk

Sound description: Rock-operish indie heavy metal.

RIYL: The Monkees' Head (Goblin Cock covers that movie's "Porpoise Song")

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Synoposis

Inception: San Diego, 2005

Influences: Manowar, Venom, Thor, Sleeping People, Black Sabbath, Blue Cheer, MC5, Earth, Pinback, Heavy Vegetable, the Dudley Corporation, the Misfits

Background:

Goblin Cock is a rock-operish performance art rock band fronted by a fictional character, Lord Phallus, played by Rob Crow (Pinback, Heavy Vegetable, etc.).

Obscured by fog and black-hooded gowns, Goblin Cock tore through its debut show at the Casbah on August 20, 2005. The band, led by Lord Phallus, crawled from the shadows to fuse the sounds of Pinback and Black Sabbath. Goblin Cock showed up to support Sleeping People's CD-release party and to give fans a taste of its own debut; Bagged and Boarded hit shelves on October 25, 2005 after a lengthy delay.

The identity of the caped Lord Phallus isn't a mystery. Rob Crow's latest project will include a string of videos and comic books that tell the story of his alter ego's birth. Phallus says he doesn't listen to much contemporary music. "I'm mostly steeped in the classics, like Manowar, Thor, and Venom."

Video director Matt Hoyt of says of the band "It's dirty, dingy, rocking metal full of comic-book adventures...[Crow] wants people to buy into his mythical character of Lord Phallus...an Andy Kaufman-type character."

Hoyt directed the video for "Stumped," in which Goblin Cock members battle a local women's softball team.

"It's inferred they are all lesbians," says Hoyt, who found his softball team at the Golden Hill Rec Center. "They were non-actors. I thought they would realize some of the inherent comedy. But they were stone-faced during most of the shooting. I was put in the precarious position of having to be the guy who tells the lesbian softball team what to do. When I asked them to chew gum and look tough, I realized they didn't have to act."

In the video, a fight breaks out between the Grim Reaper-looking Goblin Cocks and the softball team.

"The fight scene climaxes at a dead-end street in Hillcrest," says Hoyt. "Two robots suddenly emerge, holding a child hostage. The two groups merge to battle the robots and free the child."

Hoyt used to manage and book the all-age Soul Kitchen club in El Cajon ('94-'97). He graduated from San Francisco State University with an English degree. At SDSU, he earned a master's degree in film; his thesis was a film based on the Black Heart Procession's Amore Del Tropico CD.

Rob Crow's Robcore label has also released Goblin Cock's Come with Me if You Want to Live (he also plays in Other Men), as well as new records by Optiganally Yours (Crow's band with Pea Hicks) and Aspects Of Physics.

-- "Blurt," 9-8-05 and 2-2-06

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