DISCLAIMER! There are now six members of Manchester's new favourite Rock 'n' Roll band The G-O-D, who have recently shot to the top with news of a support slot at The Stone Roses' upcoming Wembley Summer showcase. But for a band who had previously been described as the "holy trinity of punk", the release of their debut EP Grafters OV Denton proves that for these former members of Dub Sex, The Fall and Ian Brown's solo entourage, good things really do come in threes...
My ears are on fire with the sound of pure Rock 'n' Roll with this lot. The G-O-D are Manchester's latest music hope who offer nothing but "new, passionate, real" music of its time. Consisting of former Dub Sex and Rude Club guitarist Chris Bridgett, former The Fall drummer Simon Wolstencroft, plus Riven Seamarks, Stuart Whitehead and "Laura and Dee" on keys, bass and vocals respectively, you could describe The G-O-D as somewhat of a Manchester super group. So, how is it that we say good things come in threes? Simple, let me explain. The G-O-D's debut EP Grafters OV Denton dares to offer only three tracks. Three top quality tracks. Here's our take on Manchester's The G-O-D.
Let's take the Grafters OV Denton record in reverse to make our point. When you listen to the final track There Goes My Baby, you're hit with a wall of sound. Alas, punk is alive! The sounds of former band The Fall are undeniable. But it's a great driving riff, with irresistible guitar licks and an unmistakable Rock 'n' Roll attitude. Just listen to the wise words of Chris Bridgett. "If you wake up in hell then you didn't play Rock 'n' Roll". That's all you really need to know.
So then all the more reason to call the middle track on the EP Just Looking a complete contrast. Forget The Charlatans' 90's name-sake, this is a real throw-back to the era of Brit Pop. There's an unbelievable essence of calm here, and portrays the more gentle side of The G-O-D. Listening to the chorus, again, you can't help but make comparison to previous music projects, this time the influence of The Stone Roses' front man Ian Brown. But this leads us on to our point that good things come in threes. Ready?
The first song on the Grafters OV Denton record is wherein the real magic lies. Drive Away The Rain is the ultimate culmination of every influence and band the members of The G-O-D have been involved with. This is truly the "music of its time" The G-O-D talk about. It's a sound which proves so modern and fresh. You could compare the energy and liveliness to Kasabian's treat and therefore it's the sound Third Outing want to see The G-O-D continue to produce; a sound which we think, will keep them at the forefront of the public's imagination long after the support slot with The Stone Roses at Wembley this summer is over.
There we have it, good things really do come in threes. And sixes, of course! To find out more about Manchester's latest super group, we spoke to Chris Bridgett and Simon Wolstencroft. Read on to see what they had to say below...
The G-O-D are only a few gigs old and you're already set to support The Stone Roses at Wembley this summer! What the heck? You've all been in successful bands in the past, how are you finding this reception?
Chris Bridgett: It’s incredible, a real honour to open for The Stone Roses at Wembley. Personally it’s special for many reasons. My band back then, Dub Sex, did a couple of shows with them in 1989 just before they went stratospheric. I remember watching them from up in the roof at the Queens Hall, Widnes, surrounded by the rigging and trusses. A few days later our band opened for them at the International2, Manchester. If you’d played that venue in my eyes you’d made it. A few years later in 1997 my then band Rude Club did the first two shows with John Squire’s Seahorses, so I’ve been lucky enough to share a stage with them back then and now, guess not many can say that?
Simon Wolstencroft: The reception has been fantastic since the announcement was made, playing Wembley Stadium it's the stuff dreams are made of isn't it? And to be supporting my old classmates Ian and John who were also my first bandmates, just makes it even more special for me. I've had loads of positive messages as you'd expect and can't wait to get back up on 'The Big Stage' again with The G-O-D.
You've previously been billed in the press as the "Holy Trinity of Punk", has that changed? I guess we've got to ask the question, are you going to live up to the expectation? CB: I wasn’t sure what that meant to be honest. The G-O-D are a punk band in attitude and ethos, our sound without doubt is influenced by that. We’re not a three piece anymore so I guess ultimately we can never live up to anything that calls us a “Trinity” // SW: "The Holy Trinity of Punk". I quite like that, though as Chris has already pointed out, we're no longer a trio. The G-O-D has evolved a lot since we came together, however we'll be serving up some punk, as well as a helping of funk.
"I’m not in the 'such and such are doing great we should sound more like them' camp, you do that you’ve already failed"
- Chris Bridgett
Dub Sex, Rude Club, The Fall, Ian Brown. Which of these experiences has the most influence on The G-O-D?
CB: I bring everything I do and have done to the table for The G-O-D it’s all there to see // SW: Chris and I have used all our experience with the above acts but we're looking forward not back and are still developing our sound.
On the Grafters OV Denton EP we think each song portrays a different style. Drive Away and Just Lookin are both proper tunes in their own right, but very contrasting. Which direction will the next release more likely go?
CB: I write songs first and foremost and don’t really think of directions. We’ve added keyboards and BVOX over the last couple of months, but the songs asked for that, I didn’t. I’m not in the “such and such are doing great we should sound more like them” camp, you do that you’ve already failed // SW: Now backing singers Laura and IAMDDB have joined the flock, expect Glam anthems tinged with Urban Soul.
Final few questions then. What do you think The G-O-D will be remembered for in the coming years? CB: Most kids don’t know who Elvis is, so we have no chance. I expect we’ll end up as failing memories our lives played out as half remembered shenanigans in a hand full of aged minds in a shitty care home somewhere near Stockport // SW: The Scissor Sisters of Punk.