How does he fare as a singer and a musician? Yea, he's OK – at least according to Greg Gover himself. But ask him about songwriting and storytelling, and he's all about it.
I just don't consider myself a spectacular singer or musician, the modest 34-year-old Kingston resident said, but I'm really good with words.
Gover will bring his storytelling ability in the form of the name he plays under, These Elk Forever, to the New Visions Studio and Gallery tonight, along with fellow local acts Petal, 3 to Breathe and Shorthand.
Gover has been playing shows for 17 years and once played in a pop/punk band but now uses his tale-spinning strengths in a story-focused genre: folk.
Gover had an interest in writing fiction but found it just wasn't for him.
I have absolutely no discipline; I have no attention span, he said. Songs are so immediate, and easy for folks to relate to, and I'm sort of attracted to the idea of the immediacy, and the intimacy, that can be conveyed via the medium of songwriting/performing.
In a live show Gover plays the guitar, but as far as recording is concerned he plays bass and piano, the latter of which was the first instrument he took to.
When I was really young my parents had a piano and I'd pound on it, he said with a laugh as he recalled the memory. I would have two tape recorders, and I would tape myself on the one, then play it back while taping on the other one. It was like a rudimentary multi-tracker – one that didn't make any sense.
Gover is a pretty chill guy when it comes to talking about his music, which seems to take on an organic process. He favors no songs, said he finger picks and writes words to it, and has been doing this for so long he can't even remember where the name he plays under comes from.
I believe it was a lyric from a song that doesn't exist any more, that I played long ago, he said.
Songs rotate through his repertoire, and he decides what to play or what not to based on his gut instinct.
I will get really psyched on a song I'm writing, play it out, and then just decide to never do it again because it doesn't feel right.
Gover loves being a part of the local scene, which he thinks shows great potential.
I love the idea that there's so many awesome bands that are getting national attention and the ability to do a lot of cool stuff, he said, like Tiger's Jaw, The Menzingers and Title Fight. I mean, Title Fight's record was just 67 on the Billboard Top 100; that's great for a hardcore band from Kingston.
I can definitely see the area getting more experimental as the years go on, which is great.
What: New Visions Concert with Petal, These Elk Forever, Shorthand and 3 to Breathe
When: Doors open at 7:30 tonight, show at 8
Where: New Visions Studio & Gallery, 201 Vine St., Scranton
More info: 878-3970