2000Trees Festival have today announced 36 new bands to the already stellar lineup! They join a lineup with Thursday night headliners Jimmy Eat World. Other bands announced today include Beach Slang, Nova Twins, Demob Happy, The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die, Spanish Love Songs, Hundredth, Airways, Hotel Lux, Together Pangea, The Virginmarys, Haggard Cat, Fangclub, 68, Nova Twins, Ditz, Stake, Static Dress, Erica Freas, Delair the Liar, S.T. Manville, Chloe Moriondo, Bob Vylan, Bent Knee, Gatherers, Giver, Tom Jenkins, Harry Marshall, InTechnicolour, Grief Ritual, Superlove, Sapphire Blues, Lande Hekt, Katie Malco, Holiday Oscar, Non Canon, Zeb, and Andrew Cushin! The fest takes place Thursday 9th, Friday 10th, Saturday 11th July 2020.. Continue reading
Avenged Sevenfold will be kicking off their massive U.S. tour next month, and to get fans more excited for the upcoming dates, they’ve released a new video today. Continue reading
Already featuring a massive lineup of bands, Download 2017 has added 20 more names to the roster with Devin Townsend Project, Code Orange, Max & Iggor Cavalera playing their ‘Return To Roots’ show, Sick Puppies, rapper Machine Gun Kelly, Sikth, Suicide Silence, Ty Bryant And the Shakedown, Krokodil and many more announced. Continue reading
When you release an album as strong and visceral as “Vultures” as your début calling card which British rock band God Damn did in 2015- then you might forgive the band for heading their bets when it came to their second offering. It would have been very easy and very tempting to deliver another slab of their corrosive, howling rock’n’roll. In this age of not really being able to take real risks, giving the punters another Vultures might have been a very good idea indeed. Continue reading
Red Fang is on the cusp of releasing their awesome new album Only Ghosts via Relapse Records. They have kicked off a European headline tour with their groovy compatriots Torche, and local bruisers in GOD DAMN. They tour includes this past weekend’s Desertfest Athens and this coming weekend’s Desertfest Antwerp headline appearances as well. GOD DAMN is a band increasingly on the rise with their no-nonsense style. Continue reading
In a video message today, Portland rockers Red Fang have announced a full European tour supporting their forthcoming album Only Ghosts, due out via Relapse Records on October 14th. Continue reading
It’s very rare in this game to be surprised. As in genuinely “Well, I wasn’t expecting that!”. Tribulation managed it earlier in the year, but very few do as expectation is there, or at least, a preparation for what a band is going to sound like. So, fair play to God Damn. The Midlands outfit aren’t the sort of band I usually go for, and Vultures (One Little Indian) isn’t the sort of album you’d normally associate with Ghost Cult, but the quality of their hybrid tunes stands out, which is why if even a little of what is written about it below piques your interest, dive in my friends.
The album kicks off with ‘When The Wind Blows’, a quirky Clutch groove that flitters into a raspy distorted vocal, before ‘Silver Spooned’ dances from a grungey intro then barrels into a lo-fi desert groove with dreamy melodies. ‘Shoeprints’ dances and swaggers, wide-legged, from sassy Monster Magnet territory, ending up in a dark, heavy powerful alleyway. ‘We Don’t Like You’ touches heavy psych, Nirvana juvenility and jangle, dark Seattle melodies and the very best of British alt rock, while the eight-minute ‘Skeletons’ has moving acoustics, world-weary vocals and expansive brooding fuzz.
Hand in hand with the alternative rock is a host of fuzzy doom, and it’s the amalgamation into stoner, alt noise, groove, rock and doom n’ roll via Sonic Youth, Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins and a host of other versatile references that makes this an interesting proposition. Vultures doesn’t just do one thing, except for be God Damn. They’ve successfully built themselves a whole new box, over to the side of all the normal boxes, and are all the better for it.
More than a hotch-potch of references from yesteryear, throughout they deliver on the song writing front too, even if they do self-consciously shy away from “the anthem”. There is more than enough to suggest a potential cross-over to more mainstream success in their future. Despite the lo-fi chops, God Damn could equally pulling in the plaudits at a Reading/Leeds type festival. Vultures should open some pretty big doors for them.
Hailing from the West Midlands, God Damn is comprised of Thom Edward (guitars/vocals) and Ash Weaver (drums). Having released a handful of singles over the past few years, the duo took the British rock scene by storm with their sonic blasts of glorious noise, leading to them sharing stages with the likes of Eagulls, Pulled Apart By Horses, Icarus Line and The Wytches. God Damn even caught the attention of UKs The Guardian, who praised their ability to blend the hard rock era of the early 70s, the U.S. hardcore bands of the early 80s, the early 90s grunge era and possibly more… With Vultures, however, God Damn somehow enhances its red-hot burning molten pot of pop hooks and grinding, bludgeoning riffs and rhythms.
The band is making its US live debut at South By Southwest, aside from an upcoming showcase in New York City.
God Damn U.S. Dates:
Mar 18: Latitude 30 British Music Embassy 3pm – Austin, TX
Mar 18: Lamberts SESAC Showcase 1am – Austin, TX
Mar 22: The Carousel Lounge Gutbucket Brunch 3pm – Austin, TX
Mar 24: Niagra – New York, NY (w/ Clean Teeth)