God Damn – Vultures

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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.

 

7.5/10

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STEVE TOVEY

God Damn Streaming “We Don’t Like You”

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God Damn is streaming “We Don’t Like You,” off their new album Vultures, out May 12, 2015 in North America and May 11, 2015 internationally via One Little Indian, here.

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.

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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)

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God Damn Streaming “When The Wind Blows”

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UK duo God Damn is releasing their new album Vultures on May 12, 2015 (May 11, 2015 internationally) via One Little Indian. Stream “When The Wind Blows” here.

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God Damn enhances its red-hot burning molten pot of pop hooks and grinding, bludgeoning riffs and rhythms with Vultures. In fact somehow, amidst the dizzying blend of barbed wire guitars and lung-shredding vocals, the duo found a way to create music that lyrically reflects purpose, meaning and heartfelt intent. Were a noisy band were probably the loudest band in Britain right now, declares Thom Edward (guitars/vocals). But you cant have heaviness without the lighter touch. Dynamics are important.

Hailing from the West Midlands, God Damn is comprised of Edward 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.

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