GOD­STICKS FACE THE RAGE ON LATEST CD

Welsh band re­con­nect with Bruce Soord for their “dark” fourth al­bum.

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God­sticks’ front­man Dar­ran Charles de­scribes Faced With Rage as “a lot darker” than their band’s pre­vi­ous re­leases. The al­bum, out via Ks­cope on October 13, is also the first one they’ve recorded as a four-piece, with new drum­mer Tom Price and gui­tarist Gavin Bushell.

“[2015 al­bum] Emer­gence was a state­ment of in­tent, but for this al­bum, I wanted to re­tain the heav­i­ness and ex­plore other shades,” says Charles. “Our songs have al­ways been quite short and snappy but I’ve let them de­velop a lit­tle bit more on this one. There’s even an eight-minute song on there called Ever­drive, which is un­heard of for me. I didn’t think I’d be ca­pa­ble of writ­ing some­thing that long. Lyri­cally, it’s about emo­tional con­flict and peo­ple who’ve re­solved to change their be­hav­iour. Maybe it’s a bit au­to­bi­o­graph­i­cal, who knows!”

The al­bum in­cludes guest ap­pear­ances from two mem­bers of The Pineap­ple Thief – a band Charles has re­cently been play­ing gui­tar with. Bassist Jon Sykes con­trib­utes back­ing vo­cals to the elon­gated Ever­drive, while front­man Bruce Soord plays synths on Guilt and Re­vere.

“Guilt took about 14 months to write and prob­a­bly went through about 13 dif­fer­ent ver­sions be­fore it ended up as the al­bum opener,” Charles says. “I’d trashed it about four times and sent it to the bin, then res­ur­rected it four times, but I re­ally liked the intro and I thought it had some­thing to of­fer.”

God­sticks are cur­rently pre­view­ing tracks from the al­bum on their cur­rent tour with The Pineap­ple Thief. For more, visit www.god­sticks.co.uk. NRS

THE CON­TIN­U­A­TION OF LIVID: GOD­STICKS WITH NEW MEM­BERS TOM PRICE AND GAVIN BUSHELL.

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