In the small city of Gävle in northern Sweden, there is an annual fight between local custodians and mischievous pagans for the spirit of Christmas. Each year since 1966, local business owners have paid for a 40ft effigy of a goat to be made of straw and displayed in the city’s central square from the first day of Advent. In 37 of those years, the goat has been burned down or damaged by shadowy outsiders, sometimes within a few hours of going up.
When The Guardian set about making a documentary about the event, who better to provide a soundtrack for the penultimate moment than Sweden’s very own psych outfit Goat. To say they rose to the occasion would be a grand understatement. Their back catalogue is used throughout the film but up to now it was the only place you could hear a segment of the 6 minute+ fuzz groove of Let it Burn but now thanks to Rocket Recordings it can be heard in all its glory. The video for the single includes outtakes from the documentary which is also below.
Watch Killing Gävle, directed and produced by Joe Fletcher (Commissioned by The Guardian and Docsville).
Buy the single https://goat.bandcamp.com/album/let-it-burn