Drunk Gods: Found the Lord and Lost Ma Soul/Pet Hate (self released)
Available from 2nd Dec (CD)/4th Dec – DL
Lanarkshire’s Drunk Gods follow up their stunningly cacophonous 2014 debut album with this strident double whammy of powerful industrial post-punk.
With wailing but canorous guitar playing, hefty bass and jarring percussion the band deliver the two songs on this single with fervour and passion.
First track, “Found the Lord and Lost Ma Soul” is an indictment of organised religion and expounds the tale of a lost and tired 21 year old looking for help with their “heavy load”, However, in finding “the Lord” they lose their individuality. As the music fades to the background, Ewan switches from sounding brooding and menacing to low and disheartened as he sings the lines “I used to be strong and free, no need to carry me, I used to believe in ME, stood on my own two feet” now indoctrinated and soul-sapped. Formidable.
Opening with a burst of distorted guitar “Pet Hate” is an intense, vitriolic song full of spite, the vocals delivered with malice. A relationship of habit that has turned stale to say the least. The thinly veiled hatred hidden in the sentiment of “I need you, someone who gets me through” moving to ”Please don’t ever change, always stay the same, hate you as you are, perfect as you are” in a couple of lines. The hyper-intensity of this song is delivered with a barrage of rage never letting up throughout.
As a live experience, Drunk Gods are a force to be reckoned with. Their new single gets its official launch in Glasgow’s 13th Note on Saturday the 2nd of December where they play alongside The Kaplans. Get there and prepare to be enthralled and pick up your copy of the CD while you’re there.