In today’s (Friday, December 7th) Star Tribune, there’s a story about “Northfield-reared fuzz-rockers” Gospel Gossip. Music columnist Chris Riemenschneider suggests that if the group’s debut CD “Sing Into My Mouth” had arrived just a few days earlier, he would have voted for them as one the the Best New Bands of 2007 for the upcoming First Avenue show.
The band is made up of Sarah Nienaber, Ollie Moltaji, Justin Plank and, more recently, Deanna Steege. Nienaber (’08) and Moltaji (’07) are students at Carleton College. In fact, a photo of the group graces the cover of Carleton’s “Voice” magazine (Fall 2007), with Nienaber resting her arms on a strapped-on, much-battered Fender Mustang.
Moltaji tells Riemenschneider that Northfield is a good place to develop a distinctive musical style, lacking a historic tie to a particular genre. “We were free to just play the music however we felt like playing it”. As “Creative Class” author Richard Florida has long argued, tolerance is essential to innovation.
My younger daughter has caught their act at The Key and I unfortunately missed their gig at Grezzo Gallery. Hopefully they’ll find time around their CD release party at 7th Street Entry to do another local gig.
Thanks to these college students for helping to raise awareness of our emerging Art Town and good luck with the CD.