goLab brings back Beach Boys classic for charity CDWritten by Casey Harper | | email@example.com
Local duo goLab contributed a cover of the Beach Boy classic “Wouldn’t It Be Nice” to Toledo Free Press’ “Red, White & You” album with 100 percent of the proceeds going to the Red Cross Disaster Relief fund.
“It’s a very important cause to help out,” said goLab member Joel Roberts. “I recorded it a couple of years ago and giving it new life and an opportunity to help a great cause was a no-brainer.”
The album combines summer-themed songs and covers by a range of bands and artists from the Toledo area. Roberts chose “Wouldn’t It Be Nice” but said it was a deviation from goLab’s normal electronic pop sound.
“It has that bright summery sound and hopefulness that seems to come with a new summer especially in a town like Toledo that has such big changes between winter and summer,” he said. “It was a personal project to try to emulate one of my favorite albums of all time.”
Roberts said he produces all of goLab’s music himself on a synthesizer.
“I grew up in a musical family and I fell in love with the synthesizer when I was 16 and I’ve been making electronic music ever since, about 20 years now,” he said.
Roberts works with Jeff Loose, his only other band member who plays drums at the live shows. Loose is a member of four bands in all, playing guitar and drums as well as singing. He played with Roberts in a band called Stylex before the pair began working on goLab together.
“When that band stopped, Joel and I kept going and it’s been love ever since,” Loose said.
The band plays local shows once a month and plans to stay in Toledo for years to come.
“Somehow I see Joel and I someday being elderly and trying to put on a good show with our walkers and our canes,” Loose said.
Playing local shows gives Roberts an opportunity to give back to the Toledo area.
“I love the great people and great community and the talented artists who are always looking to help each other out,” Roberts said. “I love seeing the enjoyment my music brings to people and the fulfillment that it gives me.”