GOD DAMN+ ELEPHANTINE + BAD GIRLFRIEND + FALSE GRAILS
Dropped like a pipe-bomb into the British rock scene, Wolverhampton band God Damn have spent the last three years nailing audiences to the walls with their sonic blasts of glorious noise. Yet their debut album Vultures offers more than just machismo, bombast and bluster. There is nuance and melody. Purpose and meaning. Heartfelt intent. A dizzying blend of barbed wire guitars, lung-shredding vocals and drums that run away like wild horses. It’s all the more effective when you learn God Damn are a stripped-down two-piece.
They began life as a three-piece of Thom Edward (guitar/vocals), Dave Copson (guitar) and Ash Weaver (drums) in and around Wolverhampton. They came of age surfing that sonic wave of American noise that perhaps collectively represented the pinnacle of alternative rock music. After a clutch of singles they embarked upon much roadwork with the likes of Slaves, Funeral For A Friend, Eagulls, The Wytches, Hawk Eyes, Turbowolf and others. It was while on tour in summer 2013 that bassist and founder member Dave Copson suffered a breakdown that resulted in life-threatening injuries. His recovery paramount, he never returned to the band.
Not knowing what the future held Ash and Thom had commitments to fulfil and so this duo was born, just as God Damn were arriving on the wider radar. They signed to One Little Indian shortly afterwards and embarked upon making Vultures.
Their set-up has naturally drawn comparisons to fellow rising bands such as Slaves and Royal Blood (we’re inclined to name-check Winnnebago Deal and Wet Nuns at this juncture too) but really that is where comparisons to duos end. God Damn always call themselves “a band.”
Watch the video for ‘When The Wind Blows’ below:
Plus support from ELEPHANTINE
Fronted by the classically trained enigmatic Anna Palmer, who follows former student Laura Mvula straight out of the world renowned Birmingham Conservatoire. Her unique shrieking vocals and PJ Harvey-esque presence create something of a breath of fresh air in today’s somewhat stagnant music scene that can often be safety over substance. Backed by Guitarist Thomas Ford who has arrived back in his home town via Berkley, Boston and his old school friend Sebastian Maynard Francis on drums their time has come to unleash their heavy riffs on the world.
Influenced by the likes of Jeff Buckley, Kate Bush, Sonic Youth, Deerhoof and Weezer, Elephantine are a constant exploration which will continue to evolve and entertain. After creeping into view late last year, 2014 has seen Elephantine growing their reputation with every live show. Their intense yet melodic take on noise rock translated impressively onto October’s debut EP Glimmer, giving a glimpse of more excitement to come in 2015.
Listen to ‘Submissive’ below:
Plus support from BAD GIRLFRIEND
Heavy garage rock band fronted by Birmingham’s own answer to Henry Rollins, Connor Hemming. Channelling the raw power of The Stooges you won’t want to miss seeing this band live!
Listen to ‘MTV’ below:
Plus opening support from FALSE GRAILS
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