Black Country rock trio God Damn have shared the next track from their freshly announced self-titled album; ‘High Frequency Words’ is reminiscent of The Eighties Matchbox B-line Disaster, it bolts the listener into submission, possessing all the power of a heavy rock classic but encased within a pop framework.
“There is freedom of speech and there is being knowingly, unacceptably offensive. You should balance politics and identity” said vocalist Thomas Edwards, talking about the new single. This has always been God Damn’s charm, but on album three their unique magnetism and rock flair is well and truly honed. They are a band that have come into their own, writing and releasing on their own terms and without submitting to expectation.
At the same time as recording the album, former Catholic chorister Thomas Edward was suspended from his teaching job for destroying bibles. “It really wasn't even that satanic, I felt that little baptised choir boy kick in as I was ‘recycling’ them and said "Lord have mercy on me". A colleague filmed the whole thing and a member of staff emailed it into the school, pretending to be a put-out parent. I think I saw it as separating the state from religion.” Themes of religion, spirituality, society and politics permeate throughout their forthcoming self-titled album out February 14 on One Little Indian Records, with a UK tour to accompany its release.
“I consider it a right of mine to bring these ideals into question, considering my upbringing. How can I debate, and even bash Western pseudo Christian views and get away with it? How dare I? I can because that's MY history to mull over, I'm not sorry if that offends you. As my Catholic grandfather said "God Damn...I'm not sure I can get on with this Thomas, but at least you're not denying the existence of God with that band name"... Okay grandad, if that's what you want to believe...it's just a name isn't it?”
16th - Nottingham - The Bodega
17th - Leeds - Hyde Park Book Club
26th - Birmingham - Sunflower Lounge
27th - Bristol - The Louisiana
29th - London - Shacklewell Arms