Godsticks announce headline European tour with their new album Faced With Rage
Welsh rockers Godsticks have announced more European dates for 2018. Vocalist Darran Charles comments, ‘we’ve been privileged enough to have travelled all over Europe many times over the last 10 years, opening for such great acts as The Pineapple Thief, The Aristocrats, and Mike Keneally. So to finally get the opportunity to present 90 minutes of our own music at a headline show is very exciting indeed!’
May is set to be an extremely busy month for the band, as in addition to the European tour they’re heading out to Marseille in France to play the 2018 Prog’Sud Festival. Godsticks will be appearing on the first day of the festival which begins on the 10th of May.
Darran adds, ‘we’re hoping that the many people that came out to see us during all those tours will come out to see our headline shows. We intend to make them very special and will be performing tracks from our entire back catalogue, some of which have never been performed live. Rehearsals are already under way and we’re champing at the bit to get out there!’
“Faced With Rage is awash with meaty riffs, pitted against moody, Porcupine Tree-esque ballads”
“A winning blend of channelled aggression and emotional depth, combining lyrical intelligence and instrumental fireworks”
“Faced With Rage is the band’s most rounded album and feels like a pinnacle of their career to date”
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”, with their new album have delivered on their promise to be just as heavy as their self-released 2015 album Emergence but this time with a darker feel and more industrial sound.
‘’The aggressive feel and sound from Emergence remains intact but we think that we’ve probably created our most progressive album to date, albeit unintentionally!” says singer and guitarist Darran Charles. “We wanted our previous album Emergence to be an onslaught of aggressive heavy guitars and vocals from start to finish because we felt we needed to make a strong statement about the direction we were heading in musically” reminisces Charles, “but ‘Faced with Rage’ features a lot more light and shade, and I think we’ve been more creative when trying to shape the dark and aggressive feel we wanted”.
A variety of synth sounds found their way into the longer song formats (brevity had been the Godsticks calling card up until now) 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).