Following its live debut in London last year, Welsh rockers Godsticks’ have released a new stripped back version of the song “Revere” which was adapted from a track on their most recent album Faced With Rage.
Godsticks frontman Darran Charles explains its origins:
“The rearrangement of this track came about after we were invited by our label Kscope to perform an acoustic set at their 10th anniversary bash at Union Chapel in London. Given that our last album ‘Faced with Rage’ was the only Godsticks album not to feature an acoustic guitar, devising even a 2-song set-list was going to prove tricky!
I’ve never been a fan of arranging tracks for acoustic guitar if they hadn’t been written with one, so I just sat down with an electric guitar though a clean amp and worked on stripping back the track ‘Revere’ which, to my surprise, actually worked really nicely. It was quite a fun challenge reimagining the melody and chords and it now feels like a new track to us – so much so that this version will be replacing the original when we next perform live.
Looking ahead to what 2019 has in store for Godsticks, Charles says:
“It also serves as a kind of farewell to ‘Faced with Rage’. The reaction to the album both from the press and fans has been phenomenal, and we still love performing these tracks live. We’ve made great strides forward in the last 18 months and that’s largely thanks to the backing given to us by Kscope. But we’re now hard at work on our 5th album, with about 60% of it completely written. We can’t wait to perform two of the new songs at our upcoming headline shows.
With previous albums the music and melodies and have influenced the lyrics, but it’s proving to be the other way around regarding the new songs. I suppose it’s either my being introspective or self-indulgent but I’ve found myself thinking and writing about the constant battles I have with my arch nemesis (myself), especially with regards to music and guitar. It’s really quite unbelievable that I’ve ended up fronting my own band for 10 years because it took a long battle with my self-confidence, perfectionism, and my sense of self-worth to finally take that leap into performing music publicly. In a way the battle continues, although songs like Revere (Union Chapel Edit) with the vocals and instruments laid bare and exposed are a sort of testament to my winning the war against myself.”
Godsticks will be performing headline shows in Cardiff and London on the 14th and 15th March, in addition to festival appearances at prog favourites Winter’s End, Trinity and Sonic Rock Solstice.
GODSTICKS LIVE IN THE UK:
14/03/19 – UK – Cardiff – Fuel Rock Club
15/03/19 – UK – London – The Lexington
07/04/19 – UK – Chepstow – Winter’s End Festival
11/05/19 – UK – Leamington Spa – Trinity 4 Festival
22/06/19 – UK – Stoke Prior – Sonic Rock Solstice Festival