Godsticks present a new and very unusual video “Relief”, filmed during lockdown and inspired by a yearning to get back on the road playing to real life audiences.
Singer and guitarist Darran Charles discussed the rationale behind the video. “Like all musicians at the moment, we’re desperate for normality to resume so that we can play live once again.
So, to compensate we’ve recorded a virtual live performance from the comfort of our home studios. It’s of course no substitute to being physically on stage, but thanks to some technological wizardry, we can invite you to watch us perform ‘Relief’ from our new record, and perhaps also set a record for playing the most venues in 5 minutes and 2 seconds.[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2P232LJ2-Kg&w=560&h=315]
Some of these are well loved local and national venues that we’ve enjoyed playing at over the years, while others are representative of our ambitions and dreams! With concerts likely to be a significant time away from resuming, the survival of live venues and festivals around the world is under threat. Fortunately, there are organisations set up to try and prevent this from happening; organisations such as https://saveourvenues.co.uk/#/
Charles continued: “We have put a list of some of our favourite venues and festivals on our website, some of whom need your support more than ever, and some who have had to set up crowdfunding campaigns. Of course, there are countless industries struggling at the moment, but this is ours, and in order for live music to resume in the future then we’ll need our favourite venues to remain in existence!”
The band have also thrown out a challenge for fans watching the new video:
“Do you recognise any of the venues? Well, if you can there’s a prize in it for ya! Whoever names the most venues and shares the post around with the hashtag #saveourvenues will win a bundle of records from our label Kscope. They will pick a winner at random from all the social media shares over the next week.”
Inescapable – The Latest Album
With Inescapable the band have channelled their energy and technical ability into the melody, phrasing and vocal performance, allowing emotion to take centre stage. Their mix of heavy rock, progressive and alternative metal with a dynamic range of angular riffs and emotional depth is leaving listeners reeling. On this release Godsticks found a definitive theme running through the songs, one of being more open and more personal; ultimately one that shines an inquisitive light on Charles’s struggle with inner demons which give the songs a new level of intimacy. Inescapable was produced by James Loughrey (Skindred) and recorded at the famed heritage Monnow Valley studio.
Inescapable is available on CD, LP & digitally ORDER HERE NOW
A selection of some of the great reviews from the media on Inescapable:
‘A thrilling, agitated, uptight record’ Prog Magazine
‘Godsticks’ best album yet’ Classic Rock
– ‘A mighty powerful piece of work that could be as perfect as Godsticks are going to get. Savour the moment’ 9/10 – Powerplay Magazine
“an exquisite album that is without a doubt their strongest” Betreutesproggen.de
“The songs excited me, because there is so much to discover while listening to them.” Twilight-magazin.de
‘ a superb entry point and the band’s most grimly exhilarating emotional splurge yet’ Blabbermouth
“Inescapable” is thoroughly a solid work of great ingeniousness” 5/5 DrumHeads!!
“Class A songs…a must-hear album…’ RockMuzine.nl
“inspired, rich and polished” Metal Obs (FR)
“a real success and their best album so far!” 4/4 Highlands Magazine (FR)
Darran Charles: Vocals, guitars, keys, synths
Dan Nelson: Bass
Gavin Bushell: Guitars
Tom Price: Drums
Backing vocals on ‘Denigrate’ – Daniel Tompkins