Hi, who are Godbomber how long have you been together and what’s everyone’s role within the band?
Hi BeatReview! Well Godbomber are a mesh of three peoples ideas, namely those of Stu (guitar/vocals), John (bass/vocals) and Ian (drums), we’ve been together since 2007, the result of a few conversations surrounding how fed up we were of being in bands that never actually got out of the jam room. This is us getting out of the jam room.
Who’s the loudest member on and off stage?
Well we know that John’s the quiet one. Ian and Stu are the tag team of loud, you should hear the torrents of abuse during Monopoly games and the singalongs on the way to gigs, they’re normally heard prior to being seen.
You say that people describe you as genre defying, describe what you interpret as Godbomber’s sound?
It’s a tough one that, between us we listen and take influence from so much it’s hard to keep track most of the time. It’s like a musical mutiple personality disorder, it turns on a penny, one moment you’re getting battered around the head and 20 seconds later your head is getting soothed, it’s a sound that keeps evolving and keeps everything interesting and fun for us to play and that’s one of the things that draws people in, they don’t know what’s going to happen next until we spring it on them.
Are you currently recording any material and do you have any upcoming shows?
We’re in the process of finishing our ep ‘The Medium of Wrong’ and as soon as that’s done we’ll be starting work on our album. As for shows we’re playing Mozarts in Swansea on May 25th with Heavy Flames and again on June 9th with The Witches Drum, Zinc Bukowski and Gung Ho as well as June 15th at Elliots Bar in Aberdare supporting The Chapman Family and Replaced By Robots. We add shows all the time though so keeping an eye on our site is probably the easiest way to keep up.
What statement do you want to give and portray as a band?
That there should be no limits to what people can do musically, don’t be afraid to try out different things, it’s what keeps music fresh.
In terms of how bands are nowadays with most of the them not having any continuity, where do you see yourselves in five years time?
Hopefully not running out of ideas, probably still not acting our age, definitely still doing this.
What are you currently listening to any recommendations for our readers?
Death Grips, Melvins, Frank Zappa, Therapy?, Big Sir (who we caught live the other night, amazing!), Exit_International, Paradise Lost, Mark Thomas (comedian/activist that you should all check out), And So I Watch You From Afar and Maybeshewill. We’d also recommend exploring the local talent like The Witches Drum, Zinc Bukowski, Gung Ho, Everymen, Last Tuesday Society, Clay Statues, His Naked Torso, Mum’s Brain, Mook and Spider Kitten, South Wales has some feckin’ amazing bands, lots of people don’t realise what’s on their doorstep.
Are there any types of music or bands you can’t stand at the moment, don’t be scared to spill……..
So many types of bands that get on our collective nerves, the bands who are happy copying their influences without adding anything new to the mix, the bands who look like they’re going through the motions just to finish their set and pick up their money, the sploit rich kids who don’t appreciate that being in a band is hard work because everything has just been handed to them on a silver plate, bands who carry the obnoxious rock star ego bullshit with them but it’s the bands that do it purely for the money, those are the ones that get us the most, the greedy bastards who would rather money in their pocket than sweat on their back. Also let’s reserve a special section for the bad promoters who like to screw bands over and the people who turn up to gigs wanting you to play their favourite songs by some rubbish band as opposed to the songs you crafted yourselves, who then get pissed off when you tell them “No.”
If you could have anyone listen to your music who would it be?
Tom Ravenscroft, anybody who would dig what we do, people who will help us to do lots of amazing things.
Any plans for the rest of 2012?
Get the album made, unleash it, play a shitload of gigs, leave a trail of blood and noise wherever we go, make some videos, try not to injure ourselves too much, befriend even more interesting people and party with them. That’s the Godbomber way, YUH!