With the imminent release of Welsh rockers Godsticks’ new studio album – Faced With Rage. (13th October through Kscope) the band have released their new video for the track “Hard To Face” directed by George Laycock (Blacktide Phonic / Visual).
Godsticks’ guitarist & frontman Darran Charles discusses the evolution of the track – “’Hard to Face’ in particular I think, sums up the current Godsticks sound. Even though I’m the main songwriter, it was only when Tom and Dan put down their drum and bass tracks that this song came alive and began to evince the aggression and angst in which the song was written. It’s also the first time I’ve delegated lead guitar duties on a Godsticks album but I was happy to because the solo Gavin laid down on the album version of the song was perfect.”
The Cardiff based 4 piece, having already been hailed by the UK’s Metal Hammer magazine as “one of the UK’s most idiosyncratic rock bands”, have delivered on their promise to remain just as heavy as they were on their self-released 2015 album Emergence, but Faced with Rage has a darker feel and more industrial sound.
A variety of synth sounds have found their way into the longer song formats (brevity had been the Godsticks calling card up until this point) but as always guitar and Charles’ vocals are still at the forefront of the band’s sound.
Lyrically, Faced With Rage, explores the theme of people dealing with emotional conflict in different scenarios, and who have a powerful desire to change their behaviour or situation. It features for the first time a four-piece line up with new drummer Tom Price and guitarist Gavin Bushell who bring a more aggressive playing style to back up Darran Charles’ (who also performed on The Pineapple Thief’s 2016 hit album Your Wilderness and is part of their live touring band) unique vocal sound and Dan Nelson’s driving bass. Drums and vocals were recorded at the world-renowned Monnow Valley Studio in Wales (Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Feeder, Rush and Manic Street Preachers) and the album was produced by James Loughrey (Skindred, Manic Street Preachers, Def Leppard).
Fans can listen to a taster of ‘Faced With Rage’ and this clip features the tracks “Guilt”, “Hard To Face”, “We Are Leaving”, “Avenge” and “Fame & Silence” HERE
Faced With Rage will be released on CD / LP and digitally. PRE-ORDER here now: http://found.ee/FACED_WITH_RAGE
Godsticks will be performing at two festivals in the UK in November and December:
17/11 – UK – Pwllheli – HRH Prog 6
02/12 – UK – Porthcawl – Planet Rockstock 2017
For all ticket details: https://www.facebook.com/godsticks