KDUP’s DJ Taylor Jacobson attended and reviewed one of our stations’ favorite bands, Goth Babe! Check out her review of the show below:
Goth Babe is comprised of one member, Griff Washburn. He is a singer, guitarist, and songwriter, and a wonderful one at that. He travels the west coast making music out of his Ford F-250 with his dog, Sadie. Washburn plays with indie, happy sounds that utilize the guitar, his voice, and synth. He has released twelve EP’s that are available on Spotify; one is titled Mt. Hood, a reference to UP’s favorite nearby mountain. If I had to explain Goth Babe, I would say it sounds like a surfer MGMT. Washburn meshes guitar and a psychedelic synth sound to create songs that sound super happy, even though the lyrics might not be that happy–like the song “Topanga,” which they performed at the show. His live performance of this song was outstanding; seeing how all of the harmonious, intertwined lines of melody and sound was coming straight from Washburn himself was something one cannot get from just listening to his album in their car.
Goth Babe’s EP’s range from one to four songs–which made for a short show but Washburn makes sure to put as much energy as humanly possible into every second of the performance. He stage dived several times, ran into the crowd, and turned a concert that I was expecting to be very chill into a mosh pit. I was quite a fan of this unexpected turn and left the show afterwards a little sweaty but satisfied. During this show, Goth Babe also utilized the disco ball in the Wonder Ballroom venue, which is always a plus. It added a fun, almost space-like aesthetic to the experience. For the encore, Goth Babe performed their most popular song, “Sometimes” and everyone in the crowd was singing and dancing along. Overall, this was a short but sweet show that was good vibes only; vibe check: passed.