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!
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.”